Monday, August 22, 2011

Holy Green Smoothie!!!

I told you about my green smoothie kick I've been on, right?  Now are you ready to hear how it has monumentally affected my health, this one easy thing I do every morning first thing?

At my last 3 month checkup in May with The Good Witch, my blood pressure was 154/90.  In the previous months and pretty much all through cancer treatment, it has fluctuated, but usually on the high side.  This number or thereabouts was not unusual for me, even before my cancer diagnosis.

Since shortly after that appointment, I started the whole green smoothie thang.  One every single morning, only missing a day or two here and there.

Wanna know what my blood pressure was at my Dr.'s appointments last Thursday and Friday?

Thursday - 113/68
Friday - 119/67

Holy Green Smoothie!!!!

What a simple, easy change, and I can't believe the difference in my blood pressure.  That is a huge huge drop, and it's probably the lowest my blood pressure has been for at least the last ten years.

I had hoped the scale would reflect as big a drop, but alas...  I do notice though my pants, even the usually tight ones, are looser.  In fact, I have a pair of tight jeans that after washing and drying are usually super tight and a little difficult to zip up.  I put them on, and no problem!  I've also noticed my rings are much looser on the fingers.

I'm telling you people, if you want to do one small thing towards your good health, smoothies are easy and so delicious!  You don't need to get a juicer, and although a Vitamix blender is great, a any good blender will do.

When I make one of my basic green smoothies, these are the ingredients I always include:

A handful of spinach, or a mixture of spinach and red chard;
A tablespoon of Chia seed;
A few squirts of Barleans Omega Swirl (I like the Blackberry Swirl);
Almond Breeze Vanilla Almond Milk;
Sweet Leaf Liquid Stevia (I like Vanilla Creme);
A heaping tablespoon of Greek yogurt;
A small handful of frozen berries that I keep ready to go in the freezer, usually a mixture of strawberries, blackberries and blueberries.

To this basic recipe, I often add fresh fruit, such as a whole banana,
or a peeled kiwi,
maybe some mango or papaya.

If the smoothie is too thick, I thin it with a little coconut water.

I buy the fruit at my local organic produce stand or Farmer's Market, then prepare most of it for the freezer.  I have devoted one basket in the freezer for my smoothie stuff so it's super easy to grab and blend.

I've read it's best to drink your smoothie on its own - 40 minutes before or 40 minutes after a meal, so that the nutrients and live enzymes can be quickly absorbed into your bloodstream.  It's the first thing I drink in the morning.  Sometimes the smoothie is my breakfast, other times I'll have breakfast a little later.

I'm telling you, you have to try it, just close your eyes when you sip, some of the smoothies are the ugliest color, but they taste SO DAMN GOOD.

Just experiment.  Today I bought some guava and prickly pear, I can't wait to try those.  Whatever is in season and looks good is what I throw in.  I'm going to stock up my freezer with all kinds of beautiful berries and fruit for during the winter months.


Most of these products can be found at a grocery store with a good health food section, such as Raley's, and of course Trader Joe's and Whole Foods.

I have the fruit smoothie concoctions down - now I'm working on perfecting my savory smoothies.  I have one that's almost like V8, but better, using spinach, celery, cucumber, tomato, green apple, and believe it or not, fresh roasted beets.  I love the beets.  I've been roasting them, till soft, then you peel them (make sure your hands are in gloves or use a plastic grocery bag over each hand).  The beets are so so good and add great flavor and color.  Beware though, when you eat all these colorful fruits and veggies, your poop turns crazy neon, but you'll be pooping like a Rock Star!

Happy Blending!  Happy Healing!


Anonymous said...

I am Def goign to try this!!! Does it make one glass or two? I am wondering if I can make this is my little magic bullet blender.

Anonymous said...

Debs, my BP has gone down too from being in the 140s to 116/80...I could not believe it!! Never been so low... whether it is the relief of me being over with all surgeries I do no know, but I do not stress about stuff now and I too are on a healthy diet.

Like you I drink the Almond Milk (love it), but on my cereal!

Glad you are doing great!

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