Green Smoothies- why?

13 Ways Green Smoothies Help You Feel Great All In Less Than 13 Minutes

What if you could have a drink that would revitalize you, clear your system of unwanted toxins, and take less than 13 minutes to make? Green Smoothies can do just that, and much more.

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1. All you need is a blender and an open mind.

The great thing about green smoothies is that it doesn’t require much to get started. (You could invest in a smoothie maker for silky-smooth shakes, but that’s totally optional.) My biggest suggestion is to give green smoothies a try before you get a better blender. That way you’ll be convinced of their effectiveness.

2. Green Smoothies are quick to make.

If you’re in a rush you can get a green smoothie ready and blended in less than 13 minutes. Have your ingredients prep’d and ready and that time comes down to less than 5! You can just blend and go while you drink the green smoothie on the run. You could even make a green smoothie ahead of time. Then store half of it in the fridge it will still taste great one day later or take it to work with you in your shaker and enjoy!

3. You get a steady stream of energy. (No crashing!)

You won’t experience the up-and-down spikes that you might from an all fruit smoothie when you make it a green one. That’s because the fibre rich greens slow down the absorption of fruit sugars, providing you with just the right amount of energy and nutrition at a pace that your body really loves.

4. Green smoothies can be enjoyed year round.

When your garden is overflowing with greens, just whip up a couple of batches of green smoothies and enjoy these inexpensive nutritional drinks. You can also benefit from green smoothies in the winter, by using frozen fruits and greens that you might have preserved from the summer. Green smoothies provide you with a lot of options all year round.
Make friends with your local green grocer and buy his bargain selections!

5. Green smoothies are ideal for weight loss.

Whenever you feel a craving coming on, make yourself a green smoothie instead of indulging your craving. (If you’re having a lot of trouble with cravings, book onto our mini- workshops and we’ll eliminate them together.) Green smoothies help cut cravings because they are satisfying and provide your body with tons of nutrition.

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6. Greens are the most Under-appreciated Superfoods.

We all know green tea is great as an antioxidant. What is green tea made of, if it’s not greens? Skip the middleman and just increase your intake of greens. Green leafy veggies are great because they have tons of cancer fighting properties, immune system boosting vitamins and minerals. Upping green leaf intake has been shown to reduce heart disease and prevent other degenerative diseases. That’s what I call super.

7. Satisfy every taste bud.

If you have a sweet tooth you’ll enjoy making green smoothies with lots of fruit. If you want something a little edgier, you can add some Raw Chocolate powder and make it a nutritiously devious dessert. If you want to replace a meal, you can make savory green smoothies using ingredients like tomatoes, cucumbers, celery, and even spices to make it a satisfying hearty meal. If you like thick smooth soup you can add homemade stock and warm through. Not quite raw – but a fantastic meal with many more veggies than you might have had.


8. You Get to be a Green food chef!

Modern cooks use blenders to make their smoothies if you really get into it you can find fantastic machines – just make sure they’re are easy to clean. That’s an important factor for me in choosing smoothies over juices- what to do with the waste pulp?

9. Get your daily portion of fruit and vegetables.

One green smoothie probably contains more fruits and vegetables than most of us eat in a day. It’s one of the easiest ways of increasing your fruit and veggie intake. Our 5 a day target really isn’t enough. You should aim for 9 or 10 a day- mostly veggies. Plus you don’t need to carry an easily bruised banana around.

10. Chock full of amino acids.

If you’re worried that you’re not getting enough protein, increase your green smoothie intake. The more greens you eat, the more amino acids that you provide your body with. Your body uses these amino acids to produce protein. But remember there no complete vegetable proteins, you will need to add whey or casein protein powders to your smoothies. ( I don’t encourage you to use soy products)

11. Indulge your creativity and experiment.

You can throw almost any fruits or veggies into your blender and it will turn out tasting pretty good. (It helps if you follow some basic guidelines, of course.) Green smoothies give you the flexibility to create your own recipes, but they’re also a great way to use up leftovers.


12. Green smoothies are chimney sweepers for your body.

Green smoothies act as a chimney sweeping brush to flush out any waste. The more green smoothies you drink, the cleaner your bowels will become, and the better your elimination. If you want to feel great, make it easy for your body to take the trash out. Oh, and that helps with releasing weight too!

13. Green smoothies are a great addition to any eating plan.

What I like about green smoothies is that they can act as a “gateway drug” to raw foods. It’s so easy to just add a green smoothie to your current diet. There’s no reason not to give it a try. If after a couple of months you’re feeling great, you might choose to increase your raw food intake a little. That, my friend, is the power of green smoothies.

The Basic Green Smoothie Recipe

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Feel free to use this basic green smoothie base and experiment. (Remember #11!)

2 Bananas
1 Peach, apple or ripe Pear
5 Strawberries or other Berries
Handful Spinach (increase greens gradually over time, and you’ll find you crave more of them!)
1 cup water

After you make your first green smoothie, you’ll want to learn about trying new recipes and rotating your greens.

What Are YOUR Favorite Green Smoothies Recipes?

I’d love to hear what your favourite green smoothie recipes are! I know there are tons of variations out there, but which one is YOUR favourite?

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Eat Red Peppers #2!

Star Nutrients in Red Peppers

Get ready for a long list of nutrients when assessing the red pepper. This powerful vegetable contains vitamin C – and lots of it at over 156% of your total daily requirements.

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In addition to that, it’s also a great source of vitamin A, vitamin B6, folate, vitamin E, fiber, vitamin B2, pantothenic acid, vitamin B3, potassium, vitamin K, manganese, as well as vitamin B1. You’ll also get a small amount of phosphorus as well as magnesium when serving up this pepper as well.

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How Red Pepper Helps You Lose Weight

One of the most remarkable and notable benefits of red peppers in terms of fat loss is their capsaicin content, which is a compound that will increase your metabolic rate after consumption. While this vegetable doesn’t contain as much of this as a chili pepper does, it still does contain lower amounts and could spark an increase to your daily calorie burn.

Furthermore, as this vegetable does contain some fiber as well, it’ll help to manage your blood sugar levels, keeping your hunger down and making it easier to stick to your fat loss diet plan.

It also provides very strong anti-cancer benefits, so if you have a family history of this fatal disease, you’ll definitely want to make sure that you are taking in this vegetable regularly.

Combine this with the antioxidant benefits that also fend off heart disease and stroke and you have yourself a very powerful, health boosting vegetable.

So there you have the key facts to know about red peppers. Try serving them up stuffed with some ground turkey and diced vegetables, added to stir-fries, or simply grilled or tossed with a salad. There are so many delicious ways to prepare this vegetable that it’s unlikely you’ll become bored.

#1 Clean Eating – Sounds Great But How ?

Clean eating is simply “eating REAL food”, whole, natural foods such as fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and complex carbohydrates. It also means staying away from the junk that typically makes up today’s standard diet. These types of food include man-made sugar, bad fats (hydrogenated, trans-fat), preservatives, white bread, and any other ingredients that are unnecessary. An easy way to remember if a food is clean is: “if man made it, don’t eat it.”

Fruits and Vegetables

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Fresh fruits and vegetables are loaded with health benefits and abundant in flavor. Not only do fruits and vegetables lower your risk for heart disease and stroke, they also lower blood pressure and help with digestive problems. Fruits and vegetables are also low in calories. Harvard School of Public Health suggests nine servings, or 4 1/2 cups, of fresh fruits and vegetables. Go for an assortment of colors when creating meals because different colors are markers of various nutrients and antioxidants.

10. Add More Fibre – Don’t Remove the Skin

10. Add More Fibre –
Don’t Remove the Skin</

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Are you peeling your fruit and potatoes? Drinking fruit juice instead of eating fruit?
Don’t. The skin has all the fibre, and it’s also loaded with healthy antioxidants. Keep the skin on your apples and dip them in some peanut butter. Leave the skin on when you cut up your potatoes to make some baked chipotle sweet potato fries.
Always use whole fruit to make your smoothies.

Eat Clean, Feel Great
Jax

DIM – plus? Why? Supplement

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I love it because it helps metabolise stored body fat laid down when your fatty (bad) estrogen dominates. Loved by fitness models as a healthy way to strip fat!
I choose Nature’s Way – available on Amazon.

This is a typical story from a regular user of DIM Plus. ….

Why I Love Nature’s Way DIM PLUS

Tammy Darnell, Yahoo Contributor Network
Oct 25, 2013 Menstrual BleedingCruciferous, VegetablesPerimenopause

When I was in my late thirties, I started going through all the hormonal changes that a lot of women start to experience. For me though, the symptoms were exacerbated. I experienced heavy menstrual bleeding, acne, mood swings, sleeplessness, hot flashes, you name it. In other words, I was one hot mess. I tried every remedy that was out there, including the bio-identical hormone therapy. That worked for a while, but it quickly became something that I couldn’t financially afford anymore. So, I found myself back at square one.
Then one day, I was told about this all natural remedy called DIM PLUS by Nature’s Way. I had never heard of anything like this before. It’s an estrogen metabolizer that’s made up of all of these cruciferous vegetables combined together in one pill. It’s supposed to get rid of the bad estrogen and help with some of the symptoms I was having . I didn’t even know I had bad estrogen in my body. So, I thought I would give it a shot.

I took the pills as directed. What happened next was absolutely astonishing. Within 2 months my menstrual cycle flow was reduced by over half. I no longer suffered from the extreme fatigue from losing so much blood every month. My acne cleared up, and I started feeling like my old self again. There were absolutely no bad side effects from taking this. I highly recommend Nature’s Way DIM PLUS for any woman who is going through the perils of perimenopause. It’s the best $20 a month that you will ever spend.

Try it – it packs the punch of kilo’s of veg in a couple of easy to swallow caplets daily.

Eat Better – Feel Better

Jax

3. Add More Fibre – Veggies

3. Add More Fibre – Veggies

Veggies are Your Friend
Most people associate veggies with bad-tasting, flavourless food.

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That’s too bad, as veggies are as close as you’re going to get to eating negative calorie foods. While these foods don’t technically exist, you can practically eat them to your heart’s (stomach’s) content without worrying about weight gain. Get creative.

Try making baked cauliflower poppers, garlic cauliflower mashed potatoes, or even some zucchini spaghetti and meatballs.
Make Pizza crust from cheesy cauliflower mash, use leftover roast veg in wraps, as a base for your soups and stews.

Eat Clean, Feel Great
Jax