Power House Pick-Me-Up

Summer’s almost here! The sun is shining, you’re getting more active and your body starts to say, “Give me more nutrients!” A lot of people answer this call by provided their body with more food, but that’s not always the answer. If you’re feeding your body, like the majority of the population, using processed foods as your main source of calories (or as Joan Borysenko, Ph.D. calls it, SAD, the Standard American Diet) then intaking more food DOES NOT equal more nutrients. In fact, a lot of processed foods are referred to as containing empty calories because you’re not gaining anything from them except calories. When we eat processed foods that are depleted of minerals, vitamins and enzymes our body stays hungry more often than not because we’re not getting all the good stuff that our cells need and our body keeps sending out the call for “More nutrients!” 

An easy solution, especially for those hot summer days… GrEEn SmOOthiEs. 

If you’ve never heard of a green smoothie, where have you been? These power house drinks are the new go-to for excellent nutrition and although some of you might cringe at the thought of drinking kale or spinach just keep in mind that my kids LOVE THEM! They can’t be too bad if a 3 year old is in the kitchen begging for her green smoothie everyday. There are literally hundreds of green smoothie recipes on the internet and in books, you can now buy green smoothies at your local health food store and you can even order them at places like Jamba Juice and Tropical Smoothie Cafe. With a 5 person family it is much more efficient for us to make our own so I am always on the look out for a great green smoothie recipe. This is a recipe that I tried out this morning. It's from the absolutely fabulous blog This Rawsome Vegan Life, by Emily and it's definitely a keeper! Try having it in the morning. It not only is a great way to get some veggies into your diet, but it energizes, alkalizes and nourishes your body. No better way to start the day!

Green Life Magic Smoothie: serves one
2-3 cups dinosaur kale
1 mango
1 banana
1 handful frozen strawberries
1/2 cup non-dairy milk
1/2 to 1 cup water, as needed
Blend all the ingredients together until smooth. Sip and enjoy!!!