I cannot think of anything else for my post topic of the day, so here it is: smoothies! A fruity smoothie in the morning gives my day a great kick-start.
My husband started us on our smoothie kick two years ago–I returned home after a long day of parent-teacher conferences to find him in the middle of the documentary Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead. I highly recommend watching it sometime, by the way. It’s pretty amazing to watch one man’s transformation from popping a bunch of pills daily just to get by, still never feeling well, to a healthy weight and no medications needed. He went on a strict juice fast for some amount of time (I want to say 90 days, but I don’t remember exactly) and ended up feeling so much better that he just kept going with it. Eventually he did add more variety to his diet, but still consumed almost exclusively fruits, vegetables, and nuts and other natural, whole foods.
Inspired by the stories of lives changed and even saved through healthier eating, we began testing out different juice/smoothie concoctions. Why? Because we wanted to gain long-term health, to reduce our risk of cancers and heart disease, to reduce our potential dependence on medication someday, and to have more energy and vitality.
We cannot boast of a mind-boggling metamorphosis like reversal of diabetes or a 200-lb. weight loss. (Thank goodness, neither of us has ever been in that dire of condition at any point.) We just know the amazing difference it makes in our daily energy and health to drink our smoothies as close to every day as possible. Starting the morning with smoothies even motivates us to eat nutritiously all day long. We’ve cut way down on red meat and refined sugars and upped our fruit and veggie intake tremendously.
Our basic smoothie “recipe”: (of course, adjust to fit your own needs and tastes):
- 1 banana
- 1 carton light yogurt (we like key lime pie flavor, but any will work)
- 1-2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
- 1 cup fresh or frozen berries
- several generous handfuls of fresh spinach, kale, or other dark leafy greens
- water, juice, or milk to reach desired consistency
Blend well and enjoy!
For more of a tropical flavor, mango and pineapple taste awesome in place of some of the berries!
Kale has a more bitter taste than spinach, so you may want to use it sparingly until you know how it affects the taste. We’ve always been amazed at how well spinach blends into the mix.