Finally! Healthy Nutrition Made Easy: Learn How to Prepare Delicious Green Smoothies That Your Family Will Love!

You can call them blended drinks, green shakes, green smoothies, green fruit smoothies, drinkable salads or salads straight from your blender. It doesn’t really matter what you call them! The fact is that if you are having problems with eating a healthy diet, and especially if you have picky-eaters in your house who will not touch a green vegetable with a stick – this is a perfect solution to your problem.

The Green Smoothie is essentially a blended salad made with fruits and leafy greens, with some optional water, blended at high speeds to smooth consistency. Generally, hard or savory vegetables such as carrots or tomatoes are avoided. Only fruits and leafy greens are included.

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10+Easy Spinach Recipes for Smoothies: How To Make Yummy Spinach Smoothies Your Family (& Kids) will Devour!

Let’s face it – with our busy schedules, we don’t always have time to sit down and eat a healthy salad or prepare proper healthy dishes that the whole family would enjoy. But, do not despair! The quick and easy solution is pick up a quick spinach smoothie recipe and to whip up a quick green smoothie for yourself (and your family) that will give you energy, fill your belly, and fuel your tank with all the right foods.

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Sample Plant-Powered Menu: Protein Blueberry Smoothie & Warming Carrot Soup

Some readers have been asking me for menu suggestions.

Here is a sample day’s menu that is loaded with healthy foods:

Morning/Breakfast: Protein Blueberry Smoothie, Oatmeal (if still hungry)

Lunch/Snack: Curried Carrot Soup (with a side salad or a slice of whole wheat bread)

Dinner: Veggie burger (store bought or home made), potatoes, salad

Dessert: Home-made banana ice-cream

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If I drink green smoothies and eat a healthy diet, do I still need a multivitamin?

When someone is eating a healthy diet, high in fresh fruits, vegetables, greens, legumes, whole grains, nuts and seeds, and low in harmful substances – do they still need to take multivitamins?

I always stress the importance of a whole foods plant-based diet and urge everyone to get their nutrients directly from the source: plants. Just as people are trying to find an easy solution for wellness through pharmaceuticals, many are also replacing proper eating with vitamin and mineral supplements.

But does eating a healthful diet based on whole plant foods offer sufficient protection against chronic disease and excessive weight gain?

According to many experts, there are some nutrients that are lacking even in an ideal diet, and deficiencies can undermine your health. Also, we cannot be really sure that we are getting the precise optimal amounts of vitamins and minerals every day from our diet – especially since absorption efficiency and utilization of nutrients varies from person to person.…

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How to Get Enough Protein?

Question: “Joanna, It has been 2 weeks since I have been on the green smoothie diet and feeling good, but being vegetarian I am worried about the protein intake. Do you have any ideas what I should add for protein and how much is good to reduce weight. Thanks”

This question often comes up in the context of plant-strong diet – as so many people are concerned about getting enough protein from plant foods, while also wanting to lose weight.

Americans seem to be in constant search for protein sources.

What I feel is important to understand is that when you are eating enough calories from a variety of plant sources, such as leafy greens, vegetables, legumes, mushrooms, nuts, seeds, and whole grains, you will be supplying your body with sufficient protein to stay healthy.

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Are Sprouts Safe to Eat? 7 Tips to Make Your Kitchen Safe (& Prevent Food Poisoning)

After my article about sprouts in smoothies, I received this question via email:

“I no longer eat sprouts of any kind. There have been incidences of people becoming ill from their ingestion. Even sprouting your own can carry a risk as the bacteria can be in the seeds. Can you check into this issue an perhaps address it in a future e-mail. I will make the green smoothie minus the sprouts. ”

My short answer to this question is: Absolutely yes.

But let me explain….

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Join me in the Food Revolution Summit

I’m inviting you to join me in the Food Revolution.

I participated in this event last year, and I learned soooo much, as well as got incredibly inspired by all the amazing people and the information.

(In fact I was so inspired, that I decided to use a similar slogan for my website: “Heal the body, heal the planet…beginning with food”).

Bestselling author, John Robbins is sharing personal interviews of 23 people who are leaders in movements for healthy, sustainable, humane and delicious food. And you can join in — for free!

(If you don’t know who John Robbins (the host) is, you’ll be so inspired by his story. John Robbins could have inherited the Baskin-Robbins empire. But he walked away from the money and the power. Why? He simply didn’t want to devote his life to selling ice cream after realizing it makes people unhealthy. So he decided to make a change. Over the last 25 years, his books about healthy eating and healthy living (including bestsellers Diet for a New America and The Food Revolution) have sold millions of copies and been translated into more than 30 languages.)

Here is how it works. Every week, the Food Revolution Network hosts three interviews, and sends out a letter with a wealth of up-to-the-minute tools and resources. These tools can help you and your family to thrive and to make a difference in the world.

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What Are Omega-3 & Omega-6 Fats?

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past 10 years or so, you’ve heard many times about the importance of Omega-3 fatty acids for health. You’ve heard it hundreds of times that you must eat fish (and/or ingest fish oil) in order to get your omega 3s.

Before I address that issue, I believe some explanation is in order to make sure you understand what is what. It’s going to be a bit technical, but it will help you understand what you need to do to stay healthy.…

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Fish Is a Healthy Food: Fact or Fiction?

We hear it all the time, from doctors, dieticians, fitness trainers, and our mothers: we must eat fish to thrive and be healthy. For their fats (omega 3s), vitamin D, and protein. Even people who consider themselves vegetarians, often admit that they eat fish.

There is so much misinformation surrounding the eating of fish and seafood that we fail to see that we have been talked into consuming a food that is really not so good for us (or for the environment; and especially for the fish and other sea life, for that matter).

One reason is high toxicity. Fish absorb and intensely concentrate toxins like PCBs, dioxins, radioactive substances, heavy metals like mercury, lead, cadmium, and arsenic.

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Menopause Symptoms Relief: What I am Eating to Prevent and Relieve Menopause Symptoms Naturally?

“What foods should I be eating to relieve menopause signs and symptoms naturally?” is the question asked by many women approaching menopause (myself included).

Hot flashes, insomnia, mood swings, …. these are certainly not fun.

The good news these symptoms can be significantly reduced or even completely stopped when you make some simple changes to your diet and lifestyle.

But is there really a special diet to relieve menopause symptoms?

Well, yes and no.…

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Top Heart Healthy Foods To Help Prevent Heart Disease (Plus a Personal Story)

I just found out this past weekend that my father had a heart attack. He had to have bypass surgery (it was last Friday; he is recovering now and doing well). He also has diabetes and is overweight. It’s so sad for me when I think about how preventable these diseases are.

Of course, as is often the case, no one in my family listens to me. They think MY diet is weird and dangerous: too many greens and fruits, (which aren’t really considered “real” food by many), not enough protein and dairy (what about calcium!).

Twomost important ways in which you can control your heart disease include regular exercise and the food that you consume. Foods that are good for heart should be included in your diet and you should stay away from unhealthy stuff. This infographic lists the foods that are beneficial for heart.
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Health Benefits of Cabbage: Why It’s Good to Eat More Cabbage, Even If You Don’t Love It

Cabbage is often unappreciated, but it’s worth to make an effort to consume more of it, because of all the health benefits that it provides. Cabbage can be used in many cooking recipes, but it’s worth to consume lots of it raw for maximum benefits.

For most people, the appeal of cabbage juice lies not in its taste, which is rather bitter, but in the many health benefits you can derive from drinking it. A member of the healthy cruciferous family of vegetables that also includes broccoli and cauliflower, cabbage contains a wealth of micronutrients as well as a wide array of phytochemicals with a similarly broad variety of medicinal properties.

Salads and juicing are two popular ways to eat raw cabbage, as well as sauerkraut (cultured cabbage), but I have found that it can also be used in smoothies, as adding a small amount of cabbage to green smoothie will hardly be noticeable in many recipes.…

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