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Boost Your Smoothie

So you’ve been making green smoothies faithfully now for months…and you’re wanting to spice things up a bit, right? Ok. The list below contains some little goodies that you can add to your smoothies for a little extra boost. HOWEVER, I want to make it very clear that these are optional. They are not necessary for optimal health…I believe that they can make a difference…but whole fresh fruits and veggies are still BEST! Personally, I don’t use them on an every day basis…maybe 3-4 times a week.

Powdered green superfoods in general are a bit on the expensive side, and in my opinion are a little overemphasized in the raw movement. The best thing to do is just try them and decide for yourself if they are beneficial. Add them consistently for a week and then determine if you have more energy. There are many boosts that you can add that aren’t as expensive…flax, chia seeds, hemp seeds, etc. Lots of options! ๐Ÿ™‚

Vitamineral Green:
This is what I am currently using the most. It has tons of different things in it…including probiotics. I can taste it in the smoothie, but it doesn’t have an overpowering taste. You can also take it straight in water…but I’ve never tried it. There is another supplement called Pure Synergy that I hear a lot about…it has similar properties but I haven’t tried it either.

Ingredients: 100% Organic/Wildcrafted
Land Vegetables:
Whole Leaf Barley Grass , Whole Leaf Wheat Grass , Nettle Leaf , Shavegrass (Horsetail) , Alfalfa Leaf Juice , Dandelion Leaf Juice , Kamutยฎ Grass Juice , Barley Grass Juice , Oat Grass Juice , Burdock Root , Broccoli Juice , Kale Juice , Spinach Juice , Parsley Juice , Carob Pod , Ginger Root , Nopal Cactus , Amla Berry

Algaes:
Spirulina , Broken Cell Wall Chlorella

Wildcrafted Aquatic Vegetables:
Icelandic Kelp , Nova Scotia Dulse

Enzymes:
Optimum absorption of Amylase, Lipase, Protease, Cellulase, Bromelain and Papain (rawguru.com)

Spirulina:
When people are going on and on about protein content in my diet…I like to tell them about GREENS! And spirulina falls into that category. It’s a complete protein. I have a big jar of Spirulina…same brand at the Vitamineral Green. The Vit. Green also has spirulina in it…so I haven’t been using the straight powder as much.

“Spirulina is an exceptional food and an incredible source of concentrated, non-toxic, absorbable nutrients. It is a highly beneficial substitute for protein powders. The protein in Spirulina contains all 8 essential amino acids, making it a complete protein. Spirulina (a blue-green algae), also contains vitamins A, B-1, B-2, B-6, B-12, E, and K. In addition, Spirulina also provides minerals, trace minerals, cell salts, phytonutrients and enzymes, as well as an abundance of chlorophyll & other beneficial pigments. ” (rawguru.com)

Hemp Seeds:
Hemp seeds are super versatile and I use them in everything! I add them to smoothies and salads. I sprinkle them inside of wraps and also on top of Bella’s oatmeal.

These are the Earth’s most nutritious seeds. This shelled hemp seed is 33% protein, rich in vitamin E and iron, as well as Omega-3, 6, 9 and GLA. hemp nut offers complete, whole food nutrition. Canadian Farmers grow hemp without pesticides or herbicides making this a safer product for you and the Earth. Hemp is a weed, grows anywhere easier and has no natural pests. Growing hemp (a nonpsychoactive crop) restores our soils and conserves forests, contributing to a healthy sustainable world. Start a hemp food tradition, save your health and the health of the planet. This hemp nut is raw, vegan and delicious. Sprinkle this raw Hemp Seed Nut generously on salads, cereals and soups – or eat by the spoonful as a delicious snack by itself. Hemp seed nut goes great in smoothies. (rawguru.com)

Maca:
Maca is known to be an energy, fertility, and libido enhancer. Take with caution! ๐Ÿ™‚ ha ha. It does have a bit of an aftertaste…I think it’s best in chocolate smoothies, but I’m able to get it down in a green one as well.

Chia Seeds:
I haven’t used these much, but I did pick up a small bag a few cities back to start adding them to our smoothies. They can be sprinkled on anything, much like hemp seeds…although most sources say to soak them before eating (they do not need to be ground).

Chia seeds provide the essential omega 3 & 6 oils. Chia seeds are 30% oil, of which 30% is omega 3 and 40% is omega 6, and have a long shelf life. They also have approximately two times the protein concentration and up to ten times the oil concentration of other grains, and are digestible without grinding. Other seeds with harder shells, such as flax seeds, require grinding to make them digestible and have a very short shelf life in the ground form.

Chia seeds are small and have the unique feature of a shell that turns gelatinous (mucilaginous) when it gets wet. This gel is thought to create a barrier in the stomach between the carbohydrates and digestive enzymes – slowing the breakdown of carbos into sugar and prolonging endurance. The seed can absorb more than 10 times its weight in water which can prolong hydration and retain electrolytes in body fluids. The name, chia, is Maya for strength or strengthening. (rawguru.com)

Flax Seeds:
To obtain the most nutrition from flax seeds, they must be ground. I use these in smoothies and salads. They have a really nice flavor and texture…I love it! There are just too many benefits to list here, so go and read them here! ๐Ÿ™‚

So that’s my list…there are many, many more supplemental foods out there, but these are the big ones for us. What is your favorite boost?

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July 6, 2008 at 5:46 am 16 comments

Green Smoothie/Raw Food Challenge Wrap Up

Woooooooo! You made it!

Congratulations to all of you who committed to the Green Smoothie Challenge, and to those of you who went the extra mile and did the Raw Food Challenge as well!

Three Things:
First, I would like to compile some testimonials about the green smoothie/raw challenge to encourage and inspire others. If you are willing to share a short blurb (or long if you like) about your experience and how it affected your eating habits, family, etc., I would be delighted. Please email me directly by Friday, April 4. Second, the challenge will go on! Think of it as a “rolling challenge”. People will be able to start whenever they want…it won’t be tied to a certain time frame. Feel free to continue spreading the green smoothie/raw love around to your friends/family…direct them back to Happy Foody for information/support. Lastly, I will be leaving the Smoothie and Raw Yahoo Groups “open” indefinitely so that those of you who would like to continue supporting each other in your journey can do so.

Add greens. Eat more raw. Be happy!

March 29, 2008 at 5:15 am 6 comments

More Green Smoothie = More Happy

When you are making your green smoothie in the morning…make double the amount! It’s so much easier to make it all in one batch, and then you have a ready-made, delicious & satisfying snack for later in the day. I love keeping empty bottles like this one just for this purpose. Bella has an empty “mini” Naked juice bottle that is her special smoothie bottle. She loves knowing that it’s in the fridge full of green smoothie just waiting for her whenever she wants (it usually doesn’t last very long!) and I am more than happy to give it to her.For those of you that work full time and have access to a fridge…this is a great way to bring raw to the office, or even just a quick and healthy snack for the afternoon.

Also, don’t be afraid to have 2 smoothies in one day … it’s a great way to stop cravings in their tracks! Greens are where it’s at!

March 15, 2008 at 1:11 am 10 comments

How To Make a Green Smoothie

For those of you who are still wondering exactly how to make one of these crazy green smoothies…check out Robyn’s (of Green Smoothie Girl fame) video. It’s great…and it has a lot of little tidbits of knowledge too. My favorite quote:

“If you do nothing else that’s healthy all day long…do this!”

Preach it sister! Even if you are eating Snickers and Mountain Dew…you can still benefit from a green smoothie…get on board!

March 15, 2008 at 12:26 am 95 comments

“Green For Life” Book Giveaway!

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Victoria Boutenko, author of “Green For Life” and other wonderful books, has offered to give a free copy of “Green For Life” to a lucky challenge participant. Wooo hooo! A big thank you to Victoria, the QUEEN of green smoothies, for her support in our challenge. ๐Ÿ™‚

All you need to do to get your name in the drawing is to sign up as a member of our Yahoo! Green Smoothie group. Most of you are already members, so you won’t need to do anything…but if you are still lurking and haven’t made the commitment, please click over there right now and sign up. I will announce the winner on Friday, Feb. 29. Stay tuned!

February 26, 2008 at 8:55 pm 3 comments

Green Smoothie Challenge Blog Badges

Here are the badges…try the code again and see if these work. Sorry for the confusion…this is a new thing for me ๐Ÿ™‚ I hosted them on Flickr this time, so hopefully it will work for you.

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February 26, 2008 at 4:52 pm 7 comments

The Not Green Smoothie

I saw this idea somewhere on line, and I had to try it out. It seemed way too simple! I peeled 3 juicy oranges, added 3-4 ice cubes, threw them in the blender and blended (it said not to add water, but I didn’t think it would work so I added a little). It was delicious! I actually think it would have been perfect without the water…the juice from the oranges would be enough. Matt, Bella, and I shared this glass.I did a green version of this for Matt this morning…

2 frozen bananas
1 orange, peeled
Handful of spinach
2 cups water

It was soooo good. Like a tropical dream.

February 21, 2008 at 10:03 pm 9 comments

Green Smoothie Challenge Group/Message Board

Thanks to Jessica for the great idea…
I created a “group” on Yahoo! for our challenge.
Join today!

February 14, 2008 at 5:27 am 4 comments

Vita-Mix Dreaming

When we arrived at Matt’s aunt and uncle’s house today, I discovered that they have a Vita-Mix 5000! Of course, when I saw it my heart started racing, I started babbling something about “yummy” and “green” and…and…and I quickly took it out and started filling it with my favorite goodies for a smoothie!

  • 2 apples, cored (add 3 if you like it sweeter…or a banana)
  • 4-5 leaves of kale
  • 1 meyer lemon, peeled (but left white pith on for nutrients)
  • water
  • ice

I fired it up and it was blended in about 2 seconds. Literally. Ooooh….it was like heaven. I will be starting a savings account for one tomorrow. I’m in love.

February 14, 2008 at 5:01 am 23 comments

The Happy Foody Green Smoothie Challenge!

Yay! A Challenge! Aren’t you excited? I can just feel your excitement through the screen ๐Ÿ™‚ Here it is:

For 30 days beginning on February 25, you will commit to this ONE THING:

  • Drink a 16 oz. of green smoothie each day…preferably for breakfast. I HIGHLY recommend getting the book “Green For Life” by Victoria Boutenko. It’s a quick read and it has lots of yummy smoothie recipes in it. Check out her website too!

That’s it! You don’t even need to commit to changing anything else. Just ADD the smoothie. But, for an added bonus, you could add one or more of the following:

  • Do some sort of activity every day. This could be an intense workout, or just dancing with your kids around the living room. It could be a 15 minute yoga session or a walk around the block.
  • Add a green leafy salad to your lunch or supper.
  • Stop drinking pop.
  • Cut out all white sugar.

All you need is a blender. Add the ingredients, and add water to the thickness you want (usually about 2 cups)….and blend until REALLY smooth. I know you’ll be amazed at how yummy these are…but if you need it sweeter, just up the quantity of fruit.

Here are a few smoothie recipes to get you started:

Mango-parsley
2 large mangos
1 bunch parsley
Water

Peach-spinach
6 peaches
2 handfuls of spinach leaves
Water

Mango-weeds
2 mangos
1 handful of lambs quarters, stinging nettles, purslane, etc
Water

Strawberry-banana-romaine
1-cup strawberries
2 bananas
1/2 bunch romaine
Water

Apple-kale-lemon
4 apples
1/2 lemon juice
4-5 leaves of kale
Water

Kiwi-banana-celery
4 very ripe kiwis
1 ripe banana
3 stalks of celery
Water

Pear-kale-mint
4 ripe pears
4-5 leaves of kale
1/2 bunch of mint
Water

Finger banana-spinach
10 finger-bananas
2 handfuls of spinach leaves
Water

Bosc pear-raspberry-kale
3 bosc pears
1 handful of raspberries
4-5 leaves of kale
Water

I KNOW that if you stick with this challenge, you will see a difference in your eating habits and any other issues you might be having right now with your body.

If you are going to commit to this challenge…just leave a comment below. On March 25, I’ll post again and everyone can leave their follow up post as to how it went. Of course, feel free to tell everyone about it…blog about it…spread the green smoothie LOVE! On February 25, I will write a post to launch the Challenge and maybe have a cool prize drawing or something. ๐Ÿ™‚

Join our Yahoo! group for support!

February 13, 2008 at 4:41 am 181 comments

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