A new year, 2015, lets make this one the best yet! Let's face the fact first; half if not nearly all of the resolutioners who make "to lose weight" or "to be healthy" one of their resolutions sadly fail. Eating healthier requires you to buy more fruit, more veg, more nuts and seeds and more wholemeal carbohydrates. In our family, we get through 5 bananas a day and nuts and seeds are always on the shopping list.
Yes, eating healthier does cost a little bit more money but if eating healthier...
- decreases your blood pressure/ cholesterol
- improves your skin/ sight/ energy levels
- decreases chance of cardiac arrest/ stroke/ type 2 diabetes
I think is is definitely worth it to spend a fraction more on foods that are naturally healthy and save yourself from a shorter life and diet-related illnesses.
And remember, if a packaged ready-made meal, packet of biscuits/crisps/candy/ice-cream or anything else naturally unhealthy says "healthy" or "lighter" or something along those lines...
put it down
and just don't eat it
What would a manufacturer have to do to make unhealthy food healthy?
No doubt fill it with chemicals and things that are bad for your body.
Our body is a temple (cheesy, right!?) but we only had one body to live in, so it is best to treat it with respect. Nourish your body, don't neglect is. Fuel it with naturally good food (and the odd homemade cake) and you will feel so much better than someone who fills their body with unnecessary fat, sugar and salt.
Take it slowly, slowly become more healthy, don't cut out whole food groups. You still need pure, natural fat for your body; avocados, pure olive oil and nuts. You still need sugar; fruit and veggies, unrefined sugars like honey.
But not in the proportion that we eat in this day and age. Undoubtedly, we live in a world of indulgence; supermarket shelves stacked high with confectionary and unhealthy foods.
We all just need to step back and look at the much, much bigger picture.
Go back to basics and nourish your body.
Ahh, sorry about that rant, it just needed to come out in the open. Anyway, I made a smoothie! And a very good smoothie! This is a energy, vitamin and fibre packed drink, perfect for a quick and nourishing breakfast with plenty of health benefits. This smoothie will give you a whopping 7.6g fibre and it has 116% of your daily allowance in vitamin A!
Not too shabby, right?
This smoothie contains the mighty fruits and veg. I love reading about the benefits of my food so here we go!
Spinach - spinach its a low calorie yet nutrient-dense food, full of vitamins and minerals without weighing you down. It is a good source of vitamin K, A, C, B12 and B16. Also, spinach is rich in calcium. Vitamin A can reduce the appearance of wrinkle on your face too!
Blueberries - Blueberries are jam-packed of vitamin C, which contribute to healthy gums and a healthy immune system. Blueberries are also supposed to reduce belly fat.
Ginger - Ginger contains chromium, magnesium and zinc, vital minerals which improve blood flow around the body.
All of these great ingredients blended up into one big humble and pretty smoothie. After drinking this for my breakfast, I felt so energised and ready for the day. The ginger and lemon really give the smoothie a perky kick and the ginger gives a touch of heat.
I recommend this super smoothie to anyone who just needs a pick-me-up after a hard day or as a breakfast. You can even freeze all of your ingredients except from the liquid and spinach, and when you are ready to blend, put everything in the blender, top up with the liquid and spinach and blend away. You may need more water though as the frozen fruit and veg will thicken your smoothie
Ahh.... I love smoothies.
Posted by Eve
Makes 1 big smoothie
- 1/2 banana, already sliced and frozen
- 80g blueberries, fresh or frozen
- 1 kiwi, peeled
- 1 tsp. fresh ginger
- 1/2 lemon, juiced
- 60g fresh spinach
- 125ml liquid of choice - pure coconut water, tap water, cold zero-caffeine fruit or herbal tea, fruit juice.
- Put all of the ingredients, in order, into a powerful blender and blend on high for 1-2 minutes, adding more liquid if necessary.
- Serve in a large glass with a colourful straw!