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We  ALL Know the Benefits of Healthy Eating, THIS is How I Am FINALLY Being More Consistent: My Love Affair with Green Smoothies

The benefits of healthy eating are many and they're known by pretty much everyone. Ask anyone what the benefits are and without much thought they'll  easily respond,  "You have more energy and less mood swings. You have less colds and you don't get sick.  You lose weight and look slim."   We all seem to know this stuff, it's the doing that gets tricky!

"If your body's not right, the rest of your day will go all wrong.
Take care of yourself."

Terri Guillemets

benefits of healthy eating

There are so many benefits to eating healthy, and even though I've been reading and learning about nutrition and fitness since college, I can still at times 'fall off the healthy eating wagon' and succumb to eating a lot of 'the not good for you' stuff. 

Every time I do that for longer than a day or more my body feels it and 'tells' me through: weight gain, moodiness, sluggishness and a dull, less-than-vibrant skin tone.  And I feel disappointed in myself for not staying true to my intentions and goals.  

"Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being,
and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity."
World Health Organization, 1948

benefits of healthy eating

There's so many downsides to eating junk food. There's two reasons we do: it's addictive AND it's everywhere, all around us.   Manufacturers like to market the stuff 'cause it's cheap to make, there's a big profit margin AND we get addicted to it. (Sounds like a drug ring doesn't it?)

I've found something that is making it easier for me to stay on track and be more consistent.  It takes care of my cravings and because I'm so full of nutrition, most of the time junk food isn't even appealing.  What is this 'magic elixir'? Green Smoothies.

"The greatest wealth is health." Virgil

Getting the Benefits of Eating Healthy - My New 'Secret'

Since the Fall of 2010 I've been drinking Green Smoothies.  It all started when I stumbled across and began reading this book: Green for Life: The Updated Classic on Green Smoothie Nutrition by Victoria Boutenko

benefits of healthy eating

Before you get grossed out - bear with me - because while most of these drinks ARE GREEN (and they are chock-full of all sorts of good for you ingredients) they actually taste really good.  It's NOT like drinking cod liver oil and holding your nose.  These smoothies are very tasty, in addition to being very good for you!

I'm excited about what's shared in this book because Green Smoothies give you a simple and do-able solution for getting all the benefits of healthy eating, like: more energy, more health and more stamina, things most busy executives need every day.

"Adam and Eve ate the first vitamins, including the package." E.R. Squibb

Why You Might Want to Try Green Smoothies...

  • Green Smoothie's are super easy to make. It takes less than 5 minutes to throw together all the stuff, blend, clean the blender and to drink your drink. In just 5 minutes a day you get all the benefits of healthy eating!
  • The Smoothies taste good. Yes the you are drinking a GREEN drink but it can also include fresh fruit like strawberries and blueberries, and if you add flavored protein powder (vanilla, chocolate and strawberry are some of the flavors available) they start tasting REALLY good, and they are very filling.
  • It will give you more stamina and energy to workout AND do everything else you need and want to do throughout the day.  Green Smoothies are an easy way to FLOOD YOUR BODY WITH NUTRITION.  I've noticed so much more energy and so many LESS mood swings.  It has to be all of the nutrition my body is now getting.

"The best six doctors anywhere And no one can deny it Are sunshine, water, rest, and air, exercise and diet. These six will gladly you attend.
If only you are willing. Your mind they'll ease.

Your will they'll mend. And charge you not a shilling."

-Nursery rhyme quoted by Wayne Fields, What the River Knows, 1990

  • You'll feel more full and more satisfied food-wise. With the addition of Green Smoothies to my daily food intake I find that over-doing it on caffeine and high-calorie snacking is not even a temptation now.
  • You'll feel calmer and more clear-minded, less foggy mentally. Again it's back to the idea of filling your body with so much nutrition that your body is satisfied and working well.
  • Green Smoothies fit into a busy and 'normal' person's world.  You can whip up a batch of Smoothies that will last you for several days. And they are easy to carry  to work, or drink or have ready in the 'frig when you come home.  EASY!
  • I see Green Smoothies as a GREAT way to get more healthy food, and therefore more energy and all the other benefits of healthy eating, into the day of busy leaders and business people.

"He who takes medicine and neglects his diet wastes the skill of his doctors."
Chinese Proverb

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How to Make Green Smoothies - Here's How How I Do It!

  • Basic Ingredients:
         - 3 cups of water or unsweetened coconut milk
         - 2 to 3 cups raw spinach or any other green vegetable.  I also use broccoli and kale.
         - Handful of fresh or frozen fruit - apple, banana, strawberries, mango or blueberries
         - 2 Scoops of Protein Powder. I use this kind and order from Amazon - great flavors!
         - 1/4 cup of ground flax seed
  • Blend in a strong blender for about about 1 minute.  Initially - I used a  strong 750 watt Breville Blender it worked pretty good.  Once I knew that Green Smoothies were here to stay and were so wonderful for helping me get all the benefits of healthy eating I decided to upgrade to the Blendtec HP3a Home Blender

    Kind of pricey - but it comes with a 7 year guarantee and WOW does that thing blend! It has 3 Horsepower! You get a very smooth drink and very worth it if this becomes a habit for you like it has for me.  Watch this guy blend up an iPad in it - it's one powerful blender that I'm glad I have:

BlendTec HP3a Home Blender

  • I try to drink at least 1 Quart of healthy Green Smoothie a day to ensure that I'm getting all the benefits of healthy eating.  The Smoothies that you blend are best when consumed daily, but you can store prepared Smoothies in the 'frig for up to three days.  (For convenience - this is what I do.)
  • The Green for Life book offers tons of simple recipes and ideas to keep things interesting.  I  created this Green Smoothie Cheat Sheet for myself that I taped  to the inside of the cabinet where my blender is. Suzie's cheat green smoothie cheat sheet - Download this PDF.

"Mens sana in corpore sano.
(Your prayer must be for a sound mind in a sound body.)"

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Get the Benefits of Healthy Eating - use my tips here and consider getting the Green for Life book - which is the book that brought Green Smoothies more into the mainstream. 

Everyone's busy and everyone can use more nutrition for more energy and stamina.  Green Smoothies are one great way to get all of the benefits of healthy eating!  Try it and come back here to share your experience.

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