Being healthy is a lifetime pursuit – not a destination. This month, I will be sharing tips and information on how to be – and stay — healthy.
Do you have as hard of a time as I do eating vegetables?
My “to eat list” of vegetables is pretty short. And it doesn’t help that my husband likes even less vegetables than I do.
Everyone knows how important vegetables are to a well-rounded diet:
They have important nutrients you can’t get anywhere else as plentiful (potassium, fiber, folic acid and vitamins A, E and C).
They reduce the risk for stroke, cancer, heart disease, type-2 diabetes and Alzheimer’s.
They are naturally low in calories and high in fiber so they are great for weight loss.
It is recommended that we eat 2-1/2 cups of vegetables a day. How to do that if you are a “limited” vegetable fan?
Green Smoothies. They have more fiber than juice and are a great way to make green vegetables tasty. It is the dark green vegetables that are the best for you.
I have shared my original green smoothie on the blog before. Here is a twist on my old recipe that I got while visiting my friends, Elena and Greg, in Colorado last month. I like it because it has more vegetables in it.
Elena Morera’s Green Smoothie
In a high speed blender, combine (in this order) these vegetables: spinach (or kale), zucchini, and cucumber. Then add 1 cup water. Next add some fruits to sweeten: (frozen or fresh) strawberries, grapes, mango, apple. Blend until smooth. Makes 2-3 servings.
Elena also put in a banana to her smoothie, but since I am allergic to bananas, so I do without.
Something else I did different than Elena was to add a couple of tablespoons of aloe vera juice that I took from an aloe vera plant myself!! Aloe Vera is great for your immune system. And, when the green smoothie is in my glass, I put in one tablespoon of chia seeds for an added nutrition boost.
Make the night before so they are ready for you when you start your day.
Here’s a tip about smoothies I learned from a raw food class: chew your smoothie. Chewing activates your eating mechanisms so that the smoothie will be better absorbed by your body. It feel s funny to be chewing a drink, but I’m not going to argue the health benefits.
#5: Get and Stay Healthy: Eat Vegetables
Eating 2-2/2 cups of vegetables daily provides essential nutrients that help to combat the risk of cancer, strokes, heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease – health risks that become more prevalent as you age.