Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Starting My Day with a Green Smoothie!

Thank you to my friend Jenny, and Dr. Joel Furhman, who started me on my green smoothie craze.  It's how I start my day now, and when I get up, my body is saying "Make us that smoothie, we want our smoothie, must have smoothie, NOW!"

Since I'm new to green drinks, I've started out with spinach and a variety of fruits and/or vegetables.  I often add a little vanilla almond milk, stevia, flax oil and ice.

I made a killer smoothie today - so so good and refreshing!

I'll call it my Pineapple Mint Lemon Zinger!

In my blender I put a handful of red chard, wheat grass, pineapple, pineapple sage, lemon balm, mint, almond milk, a few drops vanilla stevia, fresh lemon juice and pulp, and some ice.  Oh, and a small spoonful of coconut manna.

It was fabulous.

Crisp, refreshing, lemony, minty and a hint of tropical from the pineapple and coconut.

I have noticed distinct changes are happening with me since starting the green smoothie craze.

Swelling and inflammation down.
Better hydration.
Brain feels good.
Brain feels awake.
Mood is good.
Energy is up.
Body is craving more and more variety of fruits and vegetables.  Every day.

You have to try this.  It's so easy.  Much easier than juicing.  Get creative, throw it all in a blender, turn that sucker on and DRINK!

Jenny just gave me a book called "The Juice Lady's Living Foods Revolution" by Cherie Calbom.  I can't wait to dive into it!  The back cover had this to say:

Calbom presents a living foods lifestyle plan that will help you:

  • detoxify and lose weight.
  • slow the aging process.
  • conquer adrenal fatigue.
  • bust candida and yeast infections.
  • boost your immune system.
  • balance your thyroid function.
  • become healthier and happier for life

I am having great fun coming up with new combinations.  Did you know that dark leafy greens have some of the highest nutrient value on the planet?  Let me suggest when you first start out, go with mild greens like spinach, chard, romaine and red leaf lettuce. I learned, the hard way, the more bitter and spicy greens, like mustard greens are best mixed with other milder greens.  I made a smoothie with only mustard greens as the base and about blew my head off.  Wow.  Get creative with your ingredients - I love using lots of fresh herbs from my container garden and a variety of fruits and veggies.

Can't wait to try some of the recipes in Cherie's book!  Here's a link to Cherie's website.



Go Green People!

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