Have you heard of green smoothies?  Don’t be scared!  They have actually gained enormous popularity over the past few years.  Why?  Not only are they delicious but they are bursting with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber.  Green smoothies are a great way to integrate more precious green vegetables in your diet.

Convinced you need your carbs to get you going in the morning?  Try this energizing smoothie that is sure to keep you going till lunch time.  As it is a good source of a complete protein and contains plenty of high satiety foods to keep your battery charged all morning.

Ingredients

  • 2 tbs – Lin (flax) seeds
  • 1 ½ tbs – Almond butter
  • 1 cup – Berries of choice (preferably fresh seasonal)
  • 1 Banana
  • 2 handfuls – Baby Spinach, Kale or Romaine lettuce
  • 1 ¼ cup – Soy Milk*
  • 1 tsp – Cinnamon (optional)

*if you are using unsweetened soy milk you may want to add one tablespoon of honey for added sweetness

Preparation

Prepare before consumption or the day of.  Add all ingredients into your blender and blend away until the mixture is smooth.  If the consistency is too thick for you, add some sugar free apple juice or a bit more soy milk.

Consumption

Smoothies should be sipped, not drank.  This enables the body to secrete the right amount of enzymes for ideal digestion (and absorption), also avoiding flatulence.  If you are on the go, put it in a carry mug and sip it on your way to work or while working.

Food as medicine

Dark Leafy Green Vegetable

Arugula, kale, collards, broccoli, Swiss chard, spinach, dark-leaf lettuce: the fuss about these vegetables is due to their health promoting properties which also help fight and prevent disease such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease.  These are rich in:

  • Calcium
  • Magnesium
  • Iron
  • Beta-carotene

And many more depending on the vegetable you choose.