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Later today I will be sending out the plan for next week. We will be focusing on using different greens in your smoothie. In honour of this coming weeks challenge I decided to make a rather unconventional smoothie. I have been planning this smoothie since last week when I talking with someone who wanted to join the challenge but hadn’t yet because the only green in their fridge was broccoli. I knew a tasty smoothie could be made with broccoli! Hence my smoothie for Day 10:
1 cup broccoli, chopped
1/2 red grapefruit, peeled
8 ounces of almond milk
I put everything in the blender and…you guessed it – blended!
This smoothie was rather refreshing. It tasted a lot like grapefruit (which I love) and the taste still lingers leaving me wanting a little bit more. I’m intrigued with using broccoli, I think I’d like to try it with pineapple!
Broccoli contains a high amount of potassium, which helps maintain a healthy nervous system and optimal brain function, as well as promotes regular muscle growth. Along with a high amount of potassium, broccoli also contains magnesium and calcium that help regulate blood pressure. One cup of broccoli contains the recommended daily allowance of vitamin C, an antioxidant necessary for fighting against free radicals. Moreover, vitamin C is an effective antihistamine for easing the discomfort of the common cold. Broccoli contains high levels of both calcium and vitamin K, both of which are important for bone health and prevention of osteoporosis. Broccoli is helpful in repairing skin damage thanks to the glucoraphanin it contains which helps the skin to detoxify and repair itself. One cup of broccoli bolsters the immune system with a large dose of beta-carotene. Trace minerals, such as zinc and selenium, further act to strengthen immune defense actions. Broccoli contains indole-3-carbinol, a powerful antioxidant compound and anti-carcinogen found to not only hinder the growth of breast, cervical and prostate cancer, but also boosts liver function. Broccoli is high in fiber, which aids in digestion, prevents constipation, maintains low blood sugar, and curbs overeating. Furthermore, a cup of broccoli has as much protein as a cup of rice or corn with half the calories. Studies have shown that the carotenoid lutein helps prevent age-related macular degeneration and cataracts, as well as possesses anti-cancer effects. Additionally, broccoli is a good source of vitamin A that is needed to form retinal, the light-absorbing molecule that is essential for both low-light and color vision. The carotenoid lutein may also slow down or prevent the thickening of arteries in the human body, thus fighting against heart disease and stoke. The B6 and folate in broccoli also reduce the risk of atherosclerosis, heart attack, and stroke.
I’m sure you have noticed that I have been featuring a different green or supplement that can enrich your smoothie at the end of each blog post. Something that I’m sure you have noticed is how powerful and healthy greens are. It is important to use a variety of greens to get the maximum benefit from them. With at least one green smoothie a day you are ensuring that your body gets necessary vitamins and minerals to improve your health over the long term. When using a variety of greens there is no need to worry about what you are missing — you will know that you are getting all the vitamins and minerals needed for optimum health.
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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