Friday, January 21, 2011
My Usual Breakfast
I usually start my day with a Raw dish, such as a green smoothie. I know that this does not look that appetizing, but they really are very good and full of nutrition. The great thing about a smoothie is that when the fruits and vegetables in them are blended, the nutrients in the fruits and veggies are more readily available for your body to absorb. Because of this you will have almost instant energy from it. You will also have more energy because your body does not have to exert a lot of energy to digest it. Did you know that your body actually uses quite a bit of energy to digest food? So, a cooked dish is going to take a lot more of your energy to digest than a Raw dish, leaving less energy for you throughout the day. The green smoothie is also a great way to get more greens into your diet. Greens are SO nutritious and I need to dedicate an entire blog post just to them. We need to eat more of them, for sure. When blended with fruit, you can barely taste the greens. This is a great way to get your kids to eat spinach. Did you know that greens are actually a very good source of protein? That's right, you don't have to rely on animal products for your protein. The green smoothie is also an easy way to get a lot of fruits and veggies in your diet. Who can really sit down and eat 2 apples, 1 banana and a bunch of greens? I know it would be hard for me! But it sure is fun to drink!
Here is the recipe for the smoothie that I made. It's a very basic recipe.
Basic Green Smoothie:
2 apples, peeled and cored
1 banana (this is what makes it creamy like a smoothie made with dairy)
A couple of handfuls of greens (I used baby spinach)
Water to desired consistency
A green smoothie can be made with any fruits or veggies you have in the house. Just use a ratio of 50% fruit and 50% greens. It's fun to experiment.
I challenge everyone to drink a green smoothie a day for two weeks. I am sure you will feel a difference!