I think I’m in love. With small black and white seeds, called chia.
I’ve been adding chia seeds to my smoothies for quite some time, but I’ve never tried them on their own. So recently, I made a few version of chia seed puddings – and I was amazed how much I liked them. (My son approved them too, which is also important!)
You can check out this chia pudding here, but you can also simply a teaspoon of seeds to any smoothie for a chia-enriched drink. You’ll reap the amazing health benefits (including lots of healthy protein and fats that will help you bring your blood sugar levels to normal and prevent heart disease), even if the taste and texture will be lost.
For a simple chia seed smoothie idea, combine blueberries, bananas, spinach and chia seeds combined to these pretty purple smoothie.
Out of bananas? If you’re out of bananas, don’t like bananas, or are just looking to reduce the sugar content of your smoothie a bit, add a tablespoon of chia seeds instead!
With the right planning, it is really quick and easy to start your day off right with a breakfast smoothie. Simply keep a supply of fresh greens, vegetables and greens always available, throw those you want each morning in the blender, and enjoy a quick and simple breakfast at home or on your way out the door. You’ll find that mornings start better with a delicious morning smoothie. Here are some tips and recipes to make it easier for yourself…
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.
Pineapple smoothies are delicious, reminding me of hot summer days on a beach and ice-cold pina colada.
As you already know I put greens practically into each recipe, as I don’t want to miss the opportunity to add more healthy nutrients to my drink. So this one is no different. All ingredients in this smoothie, from the bananas to the pineapple to the coconut to the greens provides a healthy source of vitamins and minerals that come together in a smoothie that is as good for you as it tastes.
Even though I’ve known about the nutritional benefits of sprouting for quite some time, I’ve only recently started experimenting with growing my own sprouts and adding them to green smoothie recipes and other dishes. So, this winter, I’m determined to get more sprouts growing in my kitchen, and start eating them more often.
Really, when you think about it, it’s probably the most local, freshest, most nutritious food that you can get, especially in the winter. And even in other times of the year – not everyone has a garden – but you can have sprouts growing in your kitchen all year long.
Plus, sprouts are one of the most incredibly nutrient dense, affordable and easy to grow foods we have available. They can provide you with a steady year-round source of vitamins, minerals, trace minerals, enzymes, antioxidants, chlorophyll and protein, as well as a high concentration of health and youth-supporting enzymes.
To boot, they are low calorie and contain little or no fat. The fat they do contain is the healthy fat that your body needs. As some of the most nutritious foods that exist, they make a great addition to any healthy eating plan.
Have you heard about the Hippocrates diet? In the renowned Hippocrates Institute, where they regularly cure terminally ill people using only nutrition and other lifestyle modifications, sprouts are one of the key ingredients on their menu.
I know the story of Sergei Boutenko because of his mother, Victoria Boutenko of the “Raw Family.” Victoria is known in the raw food community as the woman who made green smoothies so popular. She is truly the “Queen of Green Smoothies.”
Sergei Boutenko is Victoria’s son. When he was nine years old he was diagnosed with diabetes. His family doctor told his parents he had to go on insulin immediately. His mother refused the conventional treatment of synthetic insulin and set off to search for an alternative solution. During her research, she stumbled onto the raw food diet and decided to switch her whole family to raw foods.
The results were remarkable for the whole family, including Sergei, who overcame his diabetes and is now living disease-free.
But not just that: he became an athlete, an avid promoter of green smoothies – or as he sings in his music video clip – green smoothie hustla, and a film maker.
Check out his website and support his latest project, “Powered by Green Smoothies“, a full length documentary about how hardcore, endurance athletes perform when given regular doses of fresh, organic green smoothie.
Read the full interview here…
Many people are thinking about starting their juicing or blending routine to improve their health and/or lose weight, and are trying to weigh in all the pros and cons of juicing versus blending.
Both juicing and blending are very popular these days. Many people making fresh juices and smoothies at home. And thanks in part to people like Joe Cross, director of the documentary Fat Sick & Nearly Dead, juicing has become more mainstream.
So, which is better for you? Which is easier to do? Cheaper? More effective?
Fortunately, whichever option you choose, you cannot go wrong. Whether you are making vegetable juices or blending green smoothies, you are doing your body a huge favor.
Let’s look at some benefits of juicing versus blending.
Benefits of Juicing and Blending
Both methods provide an easy way to incorporate lots of vegetables into your menu. Both blended and juiced vegetables pack a mighty nutritional punch. Both are an extremely good way to get a large quantity and variety of fruits, vegetables and greens (at minimum your recommended 6 to 8 servings) that otherwise would be hard to consume regularly.
Nutrients in juices and blended drinks are easy for your body to absorb. Juicers and high-speed blenders essentially “pre-digest” the produce for you. This is beneficial for those of us who as a result of years of sub-optimal food choices have less-than-optimal digestion.
Both methods help reduce your appetite and cravings for sugar and processed foods. You will be craving less junk food, and you will be satisfied with less food, because your body will be nourished better. When you consume fresh produce in any form, are getting the real nutrition that your body craves. Blended drinks tend to make you feel fuller, since they contain all the fiber. For everyday consumption (i.e. if not doing a juice cleanse), consider having two green juices or green smoothies a day on an empty stomach approximately 30 minutes before lunch and dinner.
(Guest Post) Eating your veggies is easy with green smoothies. Most people think that as these smoothies do not contain dairy products, they are devoid of creaminess and richness. However, that is not true. By choosing the ingredients wisely, you can get the same rich frothiness without adding milk or cream. Check the below given green smoothie recipe and find it out by yourself.
My all time favorite smoothie is Classic green smoothie. If you are new to green smoothies, pick this one. Take two to three fruits and blend them in a good, high power blender. Start with fewer amounts of fruit and then add more for thickening or sweetening purpose. Make sure you use ripe fruits. Bananas are preferred choice as they add richness and creaminess to green smoothie. Now add watery vegetable and your choice of greens. Put two to three tablespoons of orange juice in to it. This will give tanginess to the smoothie. Blend it well by adding some ice in it.
For a perfectly made smoothie, you need a good blender that can provide same consistency to the liquid. It should be convenient to use and easy to clean. I used Omega BL390R to prepare my smoothie. Whether you want to prepare smoothies from fresh fruits, turn ice in to snow or pulverize hard grains, this powerful blender can handle everything in your kitchen in less time and effort.
I made this beautiful mixed berry smoothie this morning that I’d like to share with you.
I was going to add kale, but after I rinsed it, I set it aside and completely forgot to put it in my Vitamix. The color of the smoothie was stunning, so I just couldn’t help myself not to take a few photos. I also snapped a picture of my son as he devoured the smoothie (he usually squirms when I try to take a photo of him).
So the smoothie in the picture is without kale – that’s why it has this deep, intense color. Kale would make it more greenish in color, and even more nutritious. Without kale, it’s a perfect smoothie for even the most green-phobic kids and adults.
This easy to make, delicious smoothie is a great way to add some sunshine to your day!
Greens are the second highest plant source of omega-3s after flaxseed oil and so greens are very important for helping us get enough essential omega-3 fatty acids in our diet. Green smoothies are simply fruit smoothies with lots of leafy greens added to the mix. For extra boost, it’s easy to add a tablespoon of hemp, chia, or ground flaxseeds to your smoothie each day.