So I know it's been a while since my first blog post, but that's because everything has been sitting at 9:10 on the 'hectic' scale. My first post was about coffee, and to be honest, I am sure it will not be the last. However, because of all the craziness in our lives it is crucial we stay healthy so we are all able to combat the daily challenges life throws at us. So one way I try to ensure I stay healthy is by enjoying a really healthy smoothie on a daily basis. Despite being an avid legal researcher, I often apply my researching skills to other aspects of my life. At no point do I believe I know everything or even lots about nutrition but I have taken an interest in researching and learning about ways I can stay healthy.
Over recent years it has become apparent to myself that not all foods and ingredients are what they claim to be. So I often find myself reading labels and if something does not make sense or if there are too many preservatives or enhancers, that item goes back on the shelf. In recent months I have become a huge fan of maximising my raw food intake. However, for me to get all those key vitamins and minerals I would have to eat copious amounts of food, so why not turn it into a smoothie, (not a juice), it keeps all the good stuff in it and because it's in liquid form, it can be very easy to consume the right amount and it's easy to digest.
So I thought I would share one daily habit with you that allows me to get a really awesome health kick each day - my favourite smoothie, the Big Green!
My Big Green smoothie contains - a handful kale leaves, some parsley, two/three stems of celery, one lime (or lemon), a pear, and sometimes an apple. I also use coconut water and the meat of the coconut. I never use coconut water that has been packaged, instead I prefer purchasing the young coconut, which is coconut water in its purest form. Also, the great thing about coconut water is that it is a natural electrolyte, making sure you stay hydrated. By adding the coconut meat it makes the smoothie quite creamy! By combining all of these raw ingredients I am able to have a seriously nutritional snack.
Some of the key vitamins and minerals that are contained in this healthy smoothie include; Vitamin A, Vitamin B1 (thiamine), Vitamin B2 (riboflavin), Vitamin B3 (niacin), Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, calcium, folate and manganese.
One of these tasty smoothies per day enables me to maintain nutritional balance, it also allows me to be a healthier version of myself so I can enjoy everyday and churn through my to-do lists with energy and a smile.
By the way, the recipe above makes 2 huge glasses of goodness.