I can’t believe it’s been over a month since I last posted in here! Life has been far too busy lately and even though I’ve been working so much overtime, I’ve managed to avoid getting sick like I normally do during the Fall craziness. This year, I attribute an anti-inflammatory diet and a super awesome husband who prepared a lot of my meals for me as reasons why I haven’t come down with a seasonal cold or flu.
The diet meant cutting out refined sugar and processed foods, alcohol, caffeine, corn products, dairy and high carb veggies and fruit among other things. It has been a lot of work but my immune system is happier since I replaced all the junk I ate with veggies and fruits! I’ve lost somewhere between 15 – 20 pounds (depending on the time of day I weigh myself) which is awesome and a bit of a surprise since my intention was never to lose weight. My goal was to be healthy and to figure out what was going on in my digestive tract. I was only supposed to do this for three weeks and after two months this diet has turned into a new lifestyle. I don’t think I can go back to eating how I did before because I feel so awesome now! I feel healthy and nourished!
When I first started on the anti-inflammatory diet, breakfast was a big challenge since I was used to eating gluten free cereal with almond milk on week days and bacon & eggs on the weekend and had to give that all up. I switched to millet porridge with fresh berries and liked that, but not as much as I like a green smoothie! It’s been fun experimenting with different ingredients and I love how I feel so vibrant and radiant after my morning shake. My cells all feel alive!
Today, I made a tasty smoothie from:
– 1 cucumber
– 2 leaves of kale
– Handful of mint leaves
– 1 banana
– 1 kiwi
– ½ cup of frozen raspberries
– 1 tbsp of goji berries
– 2 tbsp of sunflower seeds
– ¼ cup of coconut water
I try to buy organic whenever possible but I can’t bring myself to spend $5 on one cucumber, especially when I can get 8 non-organic cucumbers for $3.50 at a local produce store. I have been told if you can’t get organic cucumbers, just peel off the skin so I just do that. I have to draw the line somewhere since my grocery bills seem to be skyrocketing!
To prep my smoothie, I cut all the ingredients so they fit inside the cup and ground up the sunflower seeds separately using the milling blade from my NutriBullet. The milling blade turns seeds into a fine powder and allows the oils to be released giving you full nutritional benefits. I added the seeds to the veggie and fruit mixture after they were ground up. Seeds are a great way to add some protein to a smoothie and protein helps to keep you feeling full longer.
I love taking control of my health and feeding my body what it needs to function at it’s best. It only took me a few minutes to make a drink that’s full of vitamins and minerals, that is low in calories and high in complex carbs. Complex carbs help regulate blood sugar unlike simple carbs which cause blood sugar levels to spike then crash leaving you tired and hungry. There are so many health benefits of green smoothies but the biggest benefit for me is that I feel full and nourished well into the morning.