shortcut to health
The easiest way to start turning your health around is by adding vegetables to your diet.
If your nose wrinkles because veggies are not your thing or you don’t have the time or energy to cook your greens, stews and make salads, let’s go for green smoothies.
Running some leafy greens through a blender, dressing them up with your favourite fruit and a hint of ginger for example, is as quick and healthy as it gets.
Then you can enjoy green smoothies as part of your breakfast, dessert or even a snack.
With every glass of this nourishing treat you’ll top up on vitamins and minerals, omega 3s and give your body the boost it’s been waiting for.
Is there a simple formula to make a smoothie?
2 types of veg, 1 piece of fruit, 1 tbs ground flax or chia seeds, a splash of unsweetened plant milk and some flavouring (for example lemon juice/ginger/cinnamon etc.)
Try any of these 3 green smoothies or create your own!
Green power house
Baby spinach is the easiest green veg to start with. Filled with vitamin K, C and antioxidants like betacarotene it’ll make your skin glow with its natural beauty. It’s mild flavour goes well with any fruit and when combined with some lemon juice, you’ll also unleash Iron hidden within.
4 generous handfuls of baby spinach, 1/2 cup mango, 1 celery stalk, 1 tbs ground chia seeds, a splash of almond milk, squeeze lemon juice.
Put out the fire
Berries, kale and ginger – all powerful anti-inflammatories should be part of your diet every day whether you fight inflammation or not. Berries are great at repairing damaged DNA, while kale adds nutrient variety in the form of vitamin C, Folic acid, Calcium and Potassium to the mix.
1/2 cup mixed berries, 1/2 cup mango cubes, 2 handfuls kale, 1/3 of a cucumber, thumb-sized ginger, 1 tbs ground flax seeds, a splash of almond milk.
Leafy green shot
Tender leaves of spinach/kale, combined with earthy chard are great for your bones and blood circulation. They also speed up recovery after a workout and help fight sugar-cravings. Their sharpness turns mild with pineapple, and lemon juice adds an extra boost for your immunity.
3 generous handfuls baby spinach, 1 handful chard (or kale leaves), 1/2 cup pineapple cubes, 1 tbs ground flax seeds, a splash of almond milk, juice from 1/2 lemon.
Smoothies are so much fun.
Play around with different veggies and fruits you have at hand.
For example did you know that rocket or romaine lettuce can also work well? Especially if you don’t have the typical runners like spinach or kale at hand.
When it comes to fruit, rather than using the obvious banana, go for mango, pineapple, berries – more colour equals more flavours and more nutrients. So do go wild.
And remember frozen fruits are as good as fresh, so do keep your freezer stacked up at all times. 🙂
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I’ve always been fascinated by the connection between our health and lifestyle. That’s what led me to becoming a nurse, earning a degree in Sports Training and to becoming a Nutritional Therapist.
Over the course of my practice, I’ve developed a passion for a whole-food plant-based lifestyle as the easiest way to achieve ideal weight and optimal health. I specialise in helping people include more whole plant foods, so they improve their blood sugar and hormonal balance, cravings, reduce refined sugar and bring inflammation down, so they become free from aches and pains.
I believe that the food you eat has the power to turn your health around despite what genes or life history you have. When you keep taking small steps based on joy, compassion and love, they’ll amount to big results.