Recently I have been on a kick a smoothie kick that is! Now I have had smoothies before in the past and never really thought much of them when I did get one accept that I liked them. Well lately I have been reading more and more about the wonderful benefits smoothies have on the body by just what you put in them.
Sure I made smoothies as home in my blender I said to myself this isnt hard, put some fruit in some juice and a bit of honey or sugar and there you go! Since I had my baby, 3 years ago, and starting a business almost around the same time I can say I have been horrible about getting myself back in shape but since October I have been determined to really do something about it and one of the key things is eating. Along with a exercise regimen my eating habits werent bad but I realized I could be doing a whole lot better.
I like most who want to take off the inches and just feel better when we move eat salads and other healthy vegetables along with baking or broiling my fish, chicken even having some turkey burger or bacon. I cut back on the bread but all in all I thought I was getting all of the nourishment in my meals. Well I was wrong! I was wrong because I didnt realize it didnt matter how much green leafy goodness I was ingesting I was NOT getting the recommended amounts that we need on a daily basis. Not from lack of trying mind you but I read that our teeth are not equipped to really break down foods the way they need to be broken down in our bodies and that is why we need to juice them. Not our meats, I dont think I could do that even if they suggested it, but our veggies and fruits,our chewing no matter how much we do it doesnt compare to a juicer or processor even a heavy duty blender like (Vitamix)which I did get and I just LOVE!!! But that is another post!
It seems the additional pulverizing that the machine does that our teeth cant do actually helps the nutrients get to our bloodstream more efficiently and effectively. I was skeptical about this but when my mom bought one and we were trying out recipes I noticed a change, more energy, and actually the gray hairs on her head weren’t as pronounced as they once were which was really fascinating to me.
The real kicker was the fact that alot of this ‘Green’ movement was promoting putting more than just fruit in your smoothies. Greens like Spinach,types of lettuce, even actual greens, like, mustard, turnips,kale and collards! Whoa yeah I was like, ok I love greens but to put them in my smoothie, I dont know about that. Well needless to say I dont make a smoothie without one of those greens! I noticed I am more regular and have more energy to boot. Along with my water intake I make a point to have 2 smoothies a day and boy do I feel it when I have only one.
Invest in a good blender, juicer, processor because it really is no joke for the food and it is actually a great money savor from buying the commercial brands in the store, plus you can regulate exactly what you put in your drink and how much.
Here is a smoothie I made it was Yummy!
-1 Cup Dole Mango Pineapple Peach Juice
1 Cup Greens of your choice (I used Collard Greens)
1 1/2 cup Frozen Fruit (I used Dole Frozen Fruit Mix)
1/2 cup Almond Milk
1 cup Mango Juice (all natural)
1 cup Greens (Kale pictured)
1/2 cup Cucumbers
1 1/2 cup Strawberries
1/3 cup of cold water or ice
2 TBS Chia Seeds
I hope you enjoy these recipes!