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Last night I sent out the plan for this coming week (at least I did – whether or not my newsletter service has yet is a gamble – we’ve been having issues with it – thanks for bearing with us!). The goal is to begin to try and add some protein to your green smoothies to help balance blood sugar and create a drink that will satiate you for longer. This morning I headed to my 7am Bootcamp class at Fitness Your Weigh so I threw together my smoothie rather quickly (and didn’t have much time to take pictures).
The smoothie was as follows:
2 handfuls of spinach
A handful of alfalfa sprouts (home sprouted)
1/4 of an avocado
15 almonds, raw and soaked
3/4 cup pineapple, frozen
14 pieces of mango, frozen
4 tbsp hemp protein powder
2 tbsp chia seeds
This morning I just threw everything in at once because I was in a rush to get everyone breakfast and out the door the the second my husband got home from his 6am workout.
This was not the best idea, at all. It ended up taking me longer to blend and I kept having to open up the blender and stir everything around. My husband got home and I was still trying to blend it all. If I had a Vitamix, I’m certain this wouldn’t have been a problem. My hubby took half so I was left with this…absolutely delicious.
This smoothie was full of plant-based protein. I did a nutritional analysis of it and it contained 25g of protein!
Let’s take a closer look at spinach as a protein source. We all know that Popeye made himself super strong by eating spinach, but he was also protecting himself against inflammatory problems, oxidative stress-related problems, cardiovascular problems, bone problems, and cancers at the same time. Looking at spinach as a protein source, 100 calories of ground beef has 10 grams of protein while 100 calories of fresh baby spinach has 12 grams. Per calorie, spinach does have more protein than ground beef. Yes, I realize you would need to eat 14 cups of spinach to consume 100 calories and that is a lot of green smoothies. But this is merely to point of the nutrient density of spinach. While spinach is one great source of protein it is an incomplete protein so a balance diet is essential to get all the amino acids. Now, let’s not stop here…there are other greens; like mustard greens that contain even more protein in them!
Tell me, how did you get your protein in your green smoothie today?
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In January 2013 I realized I needed to do something to improve my health. I spent 2012 on maternity leave and often neglected taking care of my own health (sleepless nights and caring for a tiny human will do that!). Not to mention the many years before that where health was at the bottom of my list of priorities. Luckily, I discovered Lisa's 30 day green smoothie challenge. The recipes were incredible and a green smoothie drinker was born! But I didn't stop there. Starting each day in such a healthy way led me to consult with a naturopath (it would have been Lisa if we were in the same city), do an elimination diet, and discover that I have sensitivities to wheat and milk. I changed to a whole foods-based diet (most of the time) and took up running. In the span of 8.5 months I went from being tired and sluggish on the couch (literally - I could run for one minute at a time before having to walk) to having enough energy to run the Detroit International Half Marathon. I actually RAN the whole thing! And I lost almost 60lbs along the way! Thank you, Lisa, for being my catalyst. Your challenge kept me interested in a new way of living and saved me! I continue to drink a green smoothie every day for breakfast. What a wonderful way to start each day!
Thank you thank you thank you!!!
Imogen Meloche Windsor, Ontario