Green Monster Smoothies are the best

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Since I have been living a healthier life, eating right and walking I have lost 30lbs! I started weighing 198lbs in November 2015 and as of the month of Feb 2016 I am 168lbs Go me! I try very hard not to be a victim to the scale so I promise myself that I will weigh myself every two months.

Those of us who suffer from Lupus and Thyroid disorder knows one of our symptoms is weight. Our weight fluctuates up and down and it can be very stressful along with other things. I’ve decided not to stress no more about my weight and do something about it. My Autoimmune diseases don’t beat me, I beat them and winning.

There are smoothie recipes out there online, but I try my own by trial and error anyone can do this just add some green veggies, some flaxseed, Chia seed or hemp seed and your favorite fruit and go for it. I am going to share with you one of my smoothie recipes I like to call “The Green Monster”. First, I am going to share with you some information I learned while doing research about the nutrients and benefits of the ingredients I used in the making of the “Green Monster”.

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, you must wash your hands for 20 seconds before and after handling fresh produce with warm water and soap. You should also wash your produce (vegetables or fruit) with clean running water before using or eating it. Check out the recipe down below, try it and tell me what you think. It’s delicious before we get to the recipe I will provide you with some information I gathered on some of the ingredients. For more Health benefit information about vegetables and fruit go to Medical News Today.

      

Avocados


Avocados are amazing and beneficial to our health. According to Health Apt video avocados are full of useful oils and vitamins. Health Apt lists about twelve health benefits to eating avocados daily. Avocados contain carotenoids, Vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin D, magnesium and potassium, monounsaturated fatty acids, Glutathione, folic acid, fiber, oleic acid and other nutrients.

There are a lot of benefits to incorporating avocados into your daily diet. Avocados help protect eyesight, lowering cholesterol, which helps with lowering the risk of developing heart disease, Hypertension, loweravocados-219743_640 blood pressure because it has high levels of Magnesium and potassium than bananas and kiwi.

Avocados prevents hepatitis, its rich with vitamin C and vitamin E which it also reduces the risk of cancer tumors, cancer and especially breast cancer. Avocados help the brain by increasing blood circulation to the blood vessels and its cognitive abilities, strengthen the immune system due to being rich in fiber and vitamin C. The avocado is also a good cleanser for the body and helps with constipation due to Glutathione found in avocado.

“The mono-unsaturated fat content of an avocado–20 grams per berry– that researchers say make it so special, and deserving of the health food fame. With its proven ability to lower cholesterol, quell hunger pangs and even spot-reduce belly fat, the avocado is arguably a perfect dietary staple for weight loss.” –David Zinczenko 

Avocado believe it or not keeps you young, it prolongs youth because it’s rich with vitamin A and vitamin D which help with smoothing wrinkles on the skin, reduce inflamed lesions, acne and skin elasticity. Avocado also has a beneficial effect on many organs of the female body, one being it reduce the risk of birth defects due to the amount of folic acid it contains. Avocados help with stimulation, reproduction system and its functionality in both men and women.

Cucumbers

Cucumber helps keep the body hydrated and did you know it was considered a fruit not a vegetable. According to Wikipedia, “In a 100 gram serving, raw cucumber (with peel) is 95% water, provides 16 cucumber-265546_1280calories and supplies low content of essential nutrients, as it is notable only for vitamin K at 16% of the Daily Value (table).” According to Megan Ware RDN LD of Medical News Today cucumber provides 11% of vitamin K, 4% of vitamin C, magnesium, potassium and manganese and 2% of vitamin A, thiamin, riboflavin, B-6, folate, pantothenic acid, calcium, iron, phosphorus, zinc and copper needs for the day.” There are also a lot of health benefits to eating cucumber such as Rehydrates body and replenishes daily vitamins, Skin and hair care, Fight cancers, Aids in weight loss and digestion, help reduces cholesterol and controls blood pressure and it has been said to help fight diabetes and Promotes joint health, relieves gout and arthritis pain just to name a few noted from Natural News.

Bananas

What’s not to like about bananas it’s sweet and delicious and already comes prepackaged so you don’t bananas-616429_640have to worry about germs and who touched it in the grocery store.

According to Foods Matter  “You’ll never look at a banana the same way again after discovering the many health benefits and reasons to add them to your diet. Bananas combat depression, make you smarter, cure hangovers, relieve morning sickness, protect against kidney cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis, and blindness. They can cure the itch of a mosquito bite and put a great shine on your shoes.”

Food Matters also gives 25 reasons to eat bananas you might have never considered before. Click here to read all about those 25 reasons . Now you should notice by now Megan Ware RDN LD is my go to for information on vegetables and fruit. She has plenty of written article in Medical News Today  about bananas and other fruits and vegetables.  

Megan Ware RDN LD notes that bananas provides Vitamin B6 – .5 mg, Manganese – .3 mg, Vitamin C – 9 mg, Potassium – 450 mg, Dietary Fiber – 3g, Protein – 1 g, Magnesium – 34 mg, Folate – 25.0 mcg, Riboflavin – .1 mg, Niacin – .8 mg, Vitamin A – 81 IU and Iron – .3 mg. Megan also notes that a banana help with Blood pressure, Asthma, Cancer, Heart health, Diabetes, Treating diarrhea and Preserving memory and boosting mood.

Kale

Raw kale is low in calories, it provides the body with vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B6, vitamin E, fiber, protein, calcium, omega-3, potassium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, folate, and niacin. kale-438964_1280

The nutrients that Kale provides just to name a few is helpful to the body because it helps with dehydration, hair, skin and bones. Kale is also a good source for antioxidants, it help fight against, arthritis, asthma and auto immune diseases, good for cardiovascular support and it’s great for detoxing the body.  For more information go to Medical News Today.

Spinach

green-vegetables-1149790_1280Spinach eaten raw like its cousin Kale is low in calories and fat free. Spinach also provides protein, iron, magnesium, calcium, potassium, Vitamin A and folate. Furthermore spinach is helpful for the hair, skin, and bones. Other benefits that spinach provides for the body, helps with Diabetes, Cancer prevention, Asthma, Lowering blood pressure, prevent constipation, and digestion noted by Medical News Today.

Flaxseed

Contains Omega-3 essential fatty acids, which is consider the “Good Fats” it is the type of fats our bodies need to function properly. One tablespoon of ground flaxseed contains about 3grams of plant 20160307_095409omega-3s per serving and about 4 grams of Fiber, 2 grams of protein.

Flaxseed is also great for adding fiber to your diet and it helps with Cancer, Cardiovascular disease, Diabetes, inflammation, and hot flashes also noted by Web MD. About 2-4 tbsp. of flaxseed can be added to cereal, oatmeal, yogurts, smoothies, ice cream, baked goods and other things. The best part is it doesn’t mess with the taste and it’s a great way to get Omega-3, Fiber and Protein in daily.

Now that you are all caught up with the information hopefully you’ll see why incorporating green smoothies in your diet is a great way to not only get your daily vegetable and fruit but also a great way to heal your body without taking any medications.

GREEN MONSTER

SMOOTHIE

Green Monster Smoothie

Ingredients:

High Power Blender (I use a Ninja blender but I believe you can use a Bullet don’t hold me to it).

1/2 of Cucumber, skinned and chopped in slices

 2 Handful of Organic Kale or Spinach or go crazy and combine

 1 Whole Avocado chopped

 1 and 1/2 cup of Frozen mixed fruit

2 Bananas

1 cup of Orange Juice

1 cup of Non sweeten 100% Cranberry juice

2Tbsp. Flaxseed for fiber and omega 3-oils

6- 8 pieces of ice (optional how many pieces used).

Weight loss version substitute the juice for water.

 

Instructions:

  1. Wash off all fruits and vegetables
  2. Skin (or you can leave the skin on it’s your choice) and chop cucumber in medium slices. Then set aside.
  3. Hold the avocado in one hand and with a sharp knife began to slowly cut the avocado lengthwise around the seed. (The seed sits in the middle and it will be hard). Then place both of the palms of your hands around the avocado (as if your trying to cover it up) hold firmly and twist (like your opening a jar) until the avocado comes apart and becomes two halves.
  4. Now you must remove the seed from the avocado. This can be done two different ways (that I know). 
  • Take a sharp knife and hit it into the seed and twist like your opening a soda bottle.
  • Or take a spoon put it up against the seed (between seed and fruit) and gently work the seed out.
  1. Now you want to peel the skin off the avocado which is quite easy to do. You want to peel the dark part of the skin off leaving only the green to yellow portion of the avocado. You can use your hand or a knife whichever is easier. Make sure you have no part of the dark skin left on the avocado because it is not consumable (You can’t eat it). 
  2. After you have peeled the avocado now chop it up in medium size pieces and set aside.
  3. Peel your bananas and break in halves and set aside.
  4. Measure out your orange juice and cranberry juice. Then place in the blender.
  5. Place two big handfuls of Kale or Spinach or both in the blender.
  6. Place your chopped up avocado, cucumber, bananas, frozen mixed fruit, and 2Tbsp. of flaxseed in the blender. Along with your ice and blend.
  7. Blend until it began to look smooth and it should be done. If not repeat blend.

*This recipe is for a 72oz. blender which is 9 cups. If you have a smaller blender cut this recipe by half and you should still be good.  

 

Enjoy!!!

Let us know how you like the smoothie?

Do you have a smoothie you would like for us to try, tell us below?

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Check out JJ Smith 10 Day Green Smoothie Cleanse at Amazon. Its and easy read and I just got mine in the mail a couple of days ago. Somethings I was already aware of from doing my own research. However, there were somethings I didn’t know. Plus she has some great smoothie recipes and if you stick to the cleanse you will lose weight. It doesn’t get no better than that not to mention a lot of great information.

10 Day Green Smoothie Cleanse by JJ Smith

 


Sources used:

Health Apt.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_nVSf5iayI

Huffington Post

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-zinczenko/8-reasons-avocado-is-a-pe_b_6648104.html

Wikipedia

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cucumber

Medical New Today

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/283006.php

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/271157.php

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/270435.php

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/270609.php

Natural News

http://www.naturalnews.com/

http://www.naturalnews.com/036769_cucumbers_health_benefits_rehydration.html

Web MD

http://www.webmd.com/diet/benefits-of-flaxseed

http://www.webmd.com/women/guide/understanding-thyroid-problems-basics

http://www.webmd.com/lupus/tc/lupus-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-topic-overview

Food Matters

http://foodmatters.tv/articles-1/25-powerful-reasons-to-eat-bananas

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