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First, I’d like to welcome everyone to the first day of the next 30 and hopefully beyond! Over the years I have found that making green smoothies has been one of the best things I have done for myself. Why do I like green smoothies?
- Increased energy and clarity (I am not a coffee drinker but the way I feel with a green smoothie is comparable to what many explain their first cup of coffee feels like)
- Beautiful skin, bright eyes, and shiny hair (sometimes I add silica to my smoothie to help with the shine and lustre of my hair and skin)
- No cooking or washing pots and pans required
- In one drink you consume more nutrients and enzymes than you would with cooked foods
- You will supply your body with amino acids needed for protein, omega-3 fats, Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Vitamin Bs, Calcium, Potassium, Magnesium, Iron and countless other minerals and phyto-chemicals, including those with cancer, free-radical and disease fighting properties.
- Plenty of FIBER for much better digestion
- Experience overall improved health.
- Weight loss (although, I’m not into gimmicky weight loss plans so this would be used to supplement a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle)
Today, I made my staple green smoothie. Why is it my staple? Because I always have these ingredients on hand! Now, I don’t have a super fancy blender like a Vitamix (although, it is a dream of mine — probably after we have put our 4 little kids through University my dream will be attained – although, they have come out with a more affordable version and refurbished ones that seem to bode well). I digress. So, I use a plain old Cuisinart blender that is not as powerful as a Vitamix which means that I add my ingredients into the blender one or two at a time. I also find that when blending greens they often become more frothy and almonds are still a little chunky (which I rather like).
2 stalks of kale, raw
1 cup of frozen pineapple
1/4 cup of almonds
2 tbsp of chia seeds
I added my de-ribbed kale, broke it into pieces and blended it with a little bit of water.
Then I added the pineapples and banana
Next, the almonds and chia seeds. As mentioned, the almonds don’t become smooth in my blender. I don’t mind crunching them while I drink my smoothie. The chia seeds will make the drink thicker the longer you let it sit (chia seeds absorb water and become gelatinous) so drink up!
With that said, try and drink your smoothie within 20 minutes to receive all the nutrients and enzymes you can before they begin to oxidize. You can add a little lemon or lime to keep it fresh longer and prevent oxidization.
So, what is the green powerhouse of this smoothie? Kale, the “queen of greens”. Kale is a low glycemic index food that is highly anti-inflammatory. One cup of kale contains 36 calories, 5 grams of fiber, and 15% of the daily requirement of calcium and vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), 40% of magnesium, 180% of vitamin A, 200% of vitamin C, and 1,020% of vitamin K. It is also a good source of minerals copper, potassium, iron, manganese, and phosphorus. Carotenoids and flavonoids are the specific types of antioxidants associated with many of the anti-cancer health benefits. Kale is also rich in the eye-health promoting lutein and zeaxanthin compounds. Beyond antioxidants, the fiber content of cruciferous kale binds bile acids and helps lower blood cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of heart disease, especially when kale is cooked instead of raw.
Since this is a short week, I’ll post another recipe for tomorrow and on Friday I will send out the entire plan for next week with shopping lists!
For tomorrow take any fresh greens you like (about 40%) and blend them with fruit (about 60%) and add a splash of lemon for a truly refreshing smoothie. You could try:
1.5 cups of Greens (spinach, romaine lettuce, Swiss chard, kale, parsley, mint etc.) Please do not add mint if nursing.
2 cups of Fruit (frozen or fresh berries, mango, pears, pineapples, banana, etc.)
1 tbsp of hempseeds or hempseed protein powder
2 cups of water
Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth and creamy; approx. 45 seconds
So, what smoothie did you make today and how has it made you feel?
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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