I may have said it before 😉 but if you want to beat a cold, you need to add more the fruits, vegetables, and leafy to your diet. It’s also common knowledge that less processed (preferably raw) is better – especially when it comes to vitamin C, since it begins to degrade with heating (above 70-75˚), so what better way to eat it than in a green smoothie?
So, instead of stocking up on tissues, cold medication and cough syrup, I recommend that you If you’d rather stock up on fruits and greens. <Here’s what you need to know about using green smoothies to avoid flu and cold this winter season.
I’ve fallen off the Wagon (Again!) –
Time For Green Reset Challenge with Green Smoothies and Juices!
It’s that time of the year again!
When it’s so easy to fall of the wagon…
(NOT the vegan wagon, for sure!)
The healthy-eating wagon, the hot-body and optimal-weight wagon, the exercise-and-fitness wagon, the green smoothie and juicing wagon – [choose all that apply and insert your wagon here…]
With holidays and MAJOR FEASTING TIME Just over, but with months of cold, winter days still ahead – meaning staying mostly inside, and facing cravings, sunshine deficiency resulting in low energy and mild depression & desperation 😉 – it’s time to activate the KICKASS NINJA TACTICS, and get you into THE ZONE again – winter and cold BE DAMNED!
I have a public announcement to make, if you don’t mind.
I’m officially DONE with APOLOGIZING, constantly explaining myself, caring so much about not hurting other people’s feelings – or to even antagonizing them, to the point to not even speaking up anymore.
If you’re here to get information, inspiration, and maybe even a TRANSFORMATION and are open minded to listen – then great. Mind you, I don’t claim to have all the answers, so I’m open to discussion and willing to explain my point – so let’s talk!
But if you’re here to just pick up fights, spread misinformation, instill fear, or just plain being obnoxious – then I don’t want to engage in any discussions with you, as it is clearly a waste of time – we’re not going to persuade each other, are we?
I’m also officially DONE with EXCUSES.
I’m fed up with MY OWN EXCUSES and I don’t want to hear your excuses either.…
The biggest benefit of drinking green smoothies and juices?
Is that they make healthy nutrition much EASIER.
A WHOLE LOT EASIER!
The whole secret formula you need to know and follow?
Blend it. Juice it. Drink it. Repeat.
Then repeat again. And again.
Then wait for the results to kick in while you eat and do pretty much what you want.
(and I PROMISE YOU that if you drink ENOUGH – you won’t even WANT what’s bad for you – at least not as much as you did before.)
If you establish the routine of getting ENOUGH INGREDIENTS for blending and juicing, and making sure they are always READILY AVAILABLE in your kitchen – maybe even pre-washed and pre-cut in advance, if you are that kind of super-organized freak person (I’m NOT!); as well as your blender and/or juicer is always there waiting for you on the kitchen counter to do your thing –
Then it’ll be super EASY to make drinking green smoothies and juices into a daily HABIT, which means, you’ll be FLOODING YOUR BODY WITH THE HIGH QUALITY NUTRIENTS IT NEEDS REGULARLY – which will then almost automatically REDUCE CRAVINGS for the foods that aren’t serving you (you may still think about them, but even if you do have them eventually, you’ll not eat as much of them), not to mention it will give you MORE ENERGY, and if you do it long enough – it will probably improve your health to the point where your pesky problems disappear (like recurring colds and allergies disappeared from my life – I hope forever!).
Another benefit is increased MENTAL CLARITY. Your mind will never get foggy like it does after you eat a big and heavy meal and you’ll NEVER NEED A NAP after drinking a smoothie, doesn’t matter how big – quite the opposite! You’ll have the feeling – ‘Wow, what else can I do that’s GOOD FOR ME – and for the world…?’…
Today I’m giving you my recipe for deliciously sweet green smoothie with home-made grape juice and kale. The grapes that I used for the juice were very tiny red fruits, with seeds (lots of them!), and very sweet — and they came from my parent’s garden (more about this later), so technically they were self-grown (if not by me personally, but by my mom).
You’ll find the recipe below, but first let me ask you – how would you like to grow your own grapes – to make juices, smoothies or perhaps even your own wine? Doesn’t it sound like fun? If it does, why don’t you?
Green Smoothie with Grape Juice Recipe
3 cups grapes
3 kale leaves, without stem
1 large cucumber, peeled if not organic, cut into pieces
1 banana (optional)
1 cup water
Remove stems and blend grapes with water on high settings in your blender. Pour the mixture through the strainer to remove the seeds. Rinse the blender container.
Blend all ingredients with the juice on high until very smooth, pour into glasses and enjoy!
It’s summer season in the Northern hemisphere, the time of the year when magazines start pushing juice cleanses, crash diets and quick-fix boot camp workouts designed to get women into tip-top bikini body shape.
So, what’s the fastest, easiest and cheapest way to get a bikini body WITHOUT dieting, working out or going on a juice cleanse?
Just put a BIKINI on your BODY, and you’re done!
Okay, so maybe you’ve heard this one before, but I couldn’t help but laugh out loud when I first read this, so I hope this brings a smile to your face too 🙂
With that clear and out of the way, let’s talk about how you can get that healthy, glowing look – whatever you choose to wear and do this summer — as well as, yes, perhaps even lose a few pounds here and there… if you want to!
Let’s be honest, we all want quick results without any effort, but it’s just not possible.
What I’ve found is drinking green smoothies is the easiest thing you can probably do for yourself — your health, your weight, your energy, your skin, your mind and spirit, etc… — that will get you the most results in ALL those areas of your life.
My fellow green smoothie enthusiast whom I’ve been following for quite a while now, Tracy Russell, founder of Incredible Smoothies, and creator of 28 Reset program, is starting 21-Day Green Smoothie Boot Camp on July 1st.
Peaches make a great base for a smoothie because of their texture. They can also be used to add a nice flavor to most fruit smoothie recipes. I love fresh, ripe peaches straight from the tree, but unfortunately these are only available for a short time in the peachy season. In other times of the year, I like to buy frozen peaches and add them to my smoothies.
I do hope that you continue drinking smoothies, and don’t treat the challenge as a temporary thing.
So today, I want to ask you a question:
Do you want to live to be a hundred, while still being full of energy, passion, and–most of all–healthy? Do you want your family to thrive?
If so, then you should look into adding juicing to your repertoire.
Now, I know what you may be thinking: “Is this really necessary? I’m already drinking green smoothies, and eating plenty of healthy fruits and veggies, why do I need juices? Aren’t they too much work, anyway? WHO HAS THE TIME FOR THAT?”
Yeah, I hear you. I had those thought too (especially the last one, believe me, I’ve been there!).
However, the undeniable fact is this. Juicing provides the most concentrated nutrition, in the form that’s easiest for our body to absorb.
Everybody is concerned about protein, fats, carbohydrates.
Especially, if they find out that I’m eating a 100% plant-based, vegan diet. They seem to be concerned (for me) about calcium, vitamin D, omega 3s, and Vitamin B12.
What I want to ask is: Where do YOU get your GREENS???
Dark, leafy bitter greens are the missing element in the Standard World Diet today. Everyone spends so much time talking about meat, fish, dairy, vegan food and raw food, and no one is talking about greens!
Leafy greens are one of the most nutrient dense foods. They seem to have it all: proteins, fats, carbs; antioxidants, vitamins, minerals.
The most important question to ask anyone who is not experiencing the level of health they desire is, ‘Are you eating greens?’ Chances are the answer will be ‘NO.’
Whether making green smoothies and juices is something completely new that you decided to try by joining this challenge, or you’ve been already doing it for a while and just decided to join the challenge to keep you motivated and step up your routine a little bit… CONGRATULATIONS for making it to Week 2!
You’ve taken an important step forward not just toward physical health, but to improve your overall well-being as well.
Check out this weeks BONUS Recipes: Green Blended Soups.
My motto is always “Start where you are” and I encourage everyone to start making and drinking green smoothies and juices with whatever blender or juicer you may have, HOWEVER there are situations when it may be necessary to look into alternatives because your current equipment may not suitable for your needs. There are two…