Does anybody else want to take their health to the next level? Are you sick and tired of feeling sick and tired? Do you want to lose weight? Have more energy? Clear the brain fog? Feel and look ten (or twenty) years younger? 🙂
I was really proud of myself for not getting sick the past FOUR years (after being used to getting sick at least 3-4 times per year every year), UNTIL about 3 weeks ago I got really sore throat, runny nose, and some serious headaches, which altogether lasted about 5 days — how annoying!
Yes, I’m drinking my green smoothies every day; yes, I make fresh juice more regularly – at least 2-3 times per month; and yes, I’m eating fairly healthful vegan diet (except for excessive cookie binges), but apparently that’s not enough. Admittedly my exercise routine is nonexistent, and with the cold weather I hardly ever get out (except for an occasional skiing trip), spending my days at a computer desk.
Even though the cold wasn’t too bad and didn’t last very long (in the past, my colds lasted 2-3 weeks or more), I decided to do something about it.
Mainly, because if I’m struggling, I think many of you are struggling too. And it’s no fun being sick. And I’m not talking just about those annoying colds and an occasional flu.…
I think I may have bought the bunch of the greenest bananas that were ever sold on the East Side of the continental US (specifically, in New Jersey). I wrote a couple of days ago about the Peach Avocado Smoothie that I made and how I laugh at those who say they don’t buy green bananas (or, even worse, sing it).
But here I am. Two days later, and still no ripe bananas. 🙁
So I ended up making a smoothie with some peaches, papaya, avocado, cucumber, plus collard greens and dandelion greens (shown in the photo), and the smoothie turned out quite green, even for my taste. I mean it was okay, but nothing to rave about.
So, does that happen to you and what do you do in such situations (other than closing your eyes and gulping it down as quickly as possible)?
Have you ever heard someone say “I don’t buy green bananas”? Apparently there is even a song that refers to that. I suppose it’s a reflection on getting older, when there is no guarantee that we’d still be alive tomorrow, so we don’t make plans that far ahead.
I don’t really subscribe to that dim view of the future, and I usually buy bananas in all stages of ripeness, including green, since I only go shopping once or twice per week. Today, however, I found myself with no ripe bananas in my kitchen. All I had were really, really green bananas, which left me with a dilemma: to blend or not to blend.
You see, lately my morning smoothie routine depends heavily on ripe bananas. I have to admit that I use them all the time. Especially now, in the cold winter time, I depend on them on filling me up with their sweetness and calories.
I decided to treat it as a challenge to come up with a smoothie that’s filling and delicious, and yet banana-less, using the ingredients I had in my fridge and pantry. Here is the result and the recipe, if you decide you want to try it too :-).…
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.
Check out my ebook on Kidle: Super Easy Smoothie Recipes for Kids: This book is meant as an introduction to green smoothies, but even if you have been drinking smoothies for a while, you may find some useful tips and tricks that will encourage your kids and other family members enjoy green smoothies with you. It’s packed with tips and tricks to get your kids (and adults too!) started with this healthy habit.
In my opinion, green smoothies are the most natural, 100% safe, and absolutely most effective way to help your kids eliminate bad cravings, reprogram their taste buds, and help them truly enjoy healthy foods now and later on as adults.
The foods we eat have an enormous impact on our mood, strength, energy level, weight, focus, immunity, and overall well-being. And whole foods – like smoothie ingredients – are some of the healthiest foods you can find.
So, this was one of those mornings where I was filling the blender up with the ingredients, and the jar of tahini caught my eye and I ended up with a really delicious concoction.
It so happens that sesame seeds – the main ingredient in tahini; contain important B Vitamins…B1, B2, B3, B5, as well as a great supply of calcium. They also have beneficial trace elements like copper, magnesium, iron, phosphorus and manganese, as well as both omega 3 & 6 that improve the health of the brain. And let’s not forget zinc, a powerful immune strengthening nutrient that can be added to smoothies to fight colds and flus.
Zinc is an essential mineral that plays an important role in immune function. It is a nutrient that many people are bordeline deficient in. Zinc deficiency increases susceptibility to infection.
So check out this tahini smoothie recipe. It’s just what the doctor ordered for the winter season!
Many people ask me should they go with Blendtec or Vitamix when choosing an blender.
The two blenders are in tight competition for the green smoothie makers market :-). Although many people may choose a more affordable option (such as Omni , Ninja, or other) I found that a cheaper blender just wasn’t doing the job when it came to blending tough greens and veggies (and nuts, and seeds…).
Since I started experimenting with nut butters in smoothies, I find myself craving them more and more as the weather gets colder. After this banana-almond butter smoothie, I’m trying all kinds of nut and seed butters, including sunflower, cashews, tahini, and – of course – peanut butter.
This may sound counter-intuitive, but adding peanut butter to a smoothie (and other nut butters) may actually help you lose weight. Even though they contain up to 200 calories per serving, all the fiber (2 g per serving) and protein (8 g per serving) will fill you up and keep you feeling full longer, so you eat less overall. Plus, there’s nothing more decadent than licking peanut butter off a spoon–and indulgence helps us fight cravings and stay on track.
Kale —and other greens, including collard, chard, spinach, bok choy, dandelion, parsley, turnip and beet leaves — are true superfoods. They deliver a bonanza of vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients. They are loaded with calcium, essential for strong bones and healthy. They provide stress-fighting B vitamins and help our eyes with vitamin A. They even contain small amounts of Omega-3 fats. But when was the last time you had a bunch of kale?
The fact is kale (and other greens) is often neglected when it comes choosing your ingredients. It’s certainly not most people’s first choice when it comes to preparing salads or vegetable side-dishes.
Especially in winter, when there are fewer in-season vegetable choices — kale and other dark, leafy greens that thrive in cooler weather are a great addition to the menu. Plus, they are great for boosting immunity – so a kale smoothie recipe may be just what the doctor ordered ;-).
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.