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Green Power Your Day

Most Americans struggle to eat enough fresh vegetables. Dark leafy greens, like kale and spinach, are especially lacking in the Standard American Diet (SAD). According to Jill Nussinow, MS, RD, author of The Veggie Queen, “Greens are the No. 1 food you can eat regularly to help improve your health.” These veggie powerhouses are packed with calcium, fiber, folate, vitamins, minerals and they work hard in fighting cancer, heart disease and diabetes. The more immediate effect of these greens is the healing, uplifting hit of energy they provide.

Solution? Get these cancer fighting leafy delights in before you leave the house. All you need is a powerful blender and your imagination! Start with a basic recipe like the one below, or use a resource like www.simplegreensmoothies.com and build from there!

Give your green smoothie routine a week and it will become as addictive as your morning cup of Joe. This green start to your day will also go a long way in fighting overall inflammation.


Green Power Drink from Dr. Andrew Weil

  • 1 1/2 cups almond milk
  • 1 banana
  • 3 large kale leaves ribs remove (baby spinach works too)
  • 3 whole dates pitted
  • 1 tablespoon hemp protein powder (optional)

This is an investment. However, you will wonder what took you so long! When I first changed my diet I had a hard time figuring out how to incorporate all the fruit & veggies I need (and wanted) to eat. Especially the veggies!!! When your tastebuds are used to highly sweetened flavors, and artificial flavors, as well as heavy salt & fat all this REAL FOOD taste like, well….not great. The good news is your tastebuds reset and in a few weeks all the healthy stuff tastes great and you actually crave it. BUT the Vitamix saved me and I am not sure without it I would be where I am today. Kale, spinach, celery, cucumbers, apples, berries, avocado, banana, mango, kiwis (skin on)…all of it blended up and the best part? You keep all of the nutrients, including the fiber!!! So you are eating the WHOLE fruit as intended, not just the juice of the fruit. It is a snap to clean, and makes experimenting with real, whole foods awesome. A little of this, a little of that, and bam!!! Off you go!

Now we use the Vitamix 5200  every day in our house. Sauces, soups, hummus, dips, protein shakes and lots of healthy shakes!

I have even been known to take it on road trips, it is kind of addictive!!  Enjoy!