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I am so excited about this! I am rather impressed by the number of people that have taken on this challenge and I am encouraged by everything that is being shared. Many people are contacting me directly; which I love and welcome. If you feel comfortable, please share with the group on Facebook so everyone can share in your experience and knowledge.
Today was a very hectic day for me. After getting the three girls off to school (the first day they have all been well enough to go) I had just the baby with me to get everything accomplished that I haven’t been able to do while everyone has been sick. So, instead of making my smoothie for breakfast (which I normally do) I stopped in at our local Wellness Bistro for a fruit smoothie (there are no green smoothies on then menu) to go with my breakfast. I stopped in at home to make a smoothie for lunch…and this is what I concocted:
A handful of spinach
A handful of alfalfa sprouts (sprouted at home)
1/3 of an avocado (no rind)
2 apples, sliced (pink lady and granny smith)
1 cup mango, frozen
2 tbsp of Hemp Hearts
First I took the the swiss chard and spinach and blended it with some water.
I then added the banana, avocado, carrots, alfalfa sprouts and sliced apples.
Finally, I threw in the mango and hemp hearts.
And then my finished product! Which was rather delicious. I have never tried this combination before but it was really good save for the overpowering flavour of the alfalfa sprouts. Luckily, I like the taste of alfalfa sprouts!
I drank three glasses of this wonderful concoction. Originally I was going to write about the benefits of sprouts in a green smoothie but then I decided to add hemp hearts because there was a question about them on Facebook. I also wanted to add a protein source since the information that will be sent out tonight will be talking about protein. Hemp Hearts are a wonderfully nutritious food. To start, they are a complete protein and are a great source of omega-6 and -3. In addition, hemp hearts are a good source of both soluble and insoluble fiber. They are also packed with vitamins and minerals, including vitamins A, B1, B2, D and E, as well as the minerals calcium and iron. Hemp seeds contain 25 percent protein, 35 percent fatty acids and 27 percent carbohydrates (primarily fiber). They provide energy, like caffeine or sugar would but because it is a perfect calorie-complex protein blend you will not experience the crash. Since they are a complete protein source it is also a great food to help curb your appetite, especially in between meals or before a workout (much better than an energy bar). Hemp hearts are also known to be good for your digestion and cellular health.
There is more to be said about the benefits of hemp in general. But, I believe the information above is enough to wet your whistle to ask any questions or do a little more research
What did everyone else drink 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