Healthy Smoothies

Making smoothies is a fun and easy way to add more vegetables, healthy foods and supplements to your diet. Continue reading for some tips on making smoothies!

THE BLENDER

First off, if you want to make smoothies on a consistent basis, I recommend that you buy a high-quality blender. The first blender that I used was not very powerful and it was a smaller machine. It took a long time to mix all the ingredients together and the finished product was not very smooth. When it broke, we bought a two-quart Waring (MX1000XTX) blender. This professional blender cost us a lot more than our last one, but it was worth it. The Waring quickly and effortlessly blends fruits and vegetables with a 3.5 horsepower engine!

THE INGREDIENTS

Vegetables: I like to use kale and spinach because I need to add more green foods to my diet. Carrots and cucumbers are also great choices. These will all provide vital vitamins, minerals and fiber to your body!

Fruits: I love pineapples, kiwis, avocados, bananas and berries. Be careful not to put too much fruit in your smoothies, especially if you have diabetes and/or if you are trying to lose weight.

Seeds: I usually forget to eat seeds unless I add some in my smoothies. In addition to a long list of other healthy benefits for the body, flax seeds and chia seeds provide support for the digestive system, skin and heart.

Supplements: I like to use Ancient Nutrition’s Multi Collagen Protein. According to the bottle, Multi Collagen Protein is a “superfood powder” that is designed for “promoting healthy skin” and “supporting healthy joints.” Bee pollen is also wonderful for the immune system and the whole body!

Natural Sweeteners: If you want your smoothie to taste sweeter, opt for raw honey or organic stevia. In contrast to artificial sweeteners that harm your health, honey and stevia can boost your health in many ways. For example, honey is packed with antioxidants that can help prevent diseases and research has shown that stevia can help fight cancer.

RECIPES AND RESOURCES

Smoothies for Specific Ailments: In the past, I regularly made smoothies from the book entitled “Dr. Tom Wu’s Different Approach in Natural Healing: Conquer Cancer and Other Diseases with Simple Foods.” This book contains smoothie recipes for specific ailments/body systems. The Skin/Digestion smoothie was helpful with my daughter’s eczema and my psoriasis. I haven’t made this smoothie in awhile because it was time-consuming to make and it didn’t taste very good. However, I definitely recommend this book for people that want to heal their bodies with healthy foods. In addition to an improvement in my skin, I always felt more energized after drinking Dr. Wu’s smoothies.

Gut-Healing Smoothie: My favorite recipe contains almond milk, kale, spinach, avocado, bananas, ginger, flax seeds, bee pollen, hemp hearts, raw honey and collagen protein. Unlike other healthy smoothies, this one is reasonably tasty because of the bananas and honey. I always feel satiated and strengthened after drinking this smoothie; it also makes my dry skin feel better. You can find the recipe at Dr. Axe’s website (click here). Please note: for this recipe, you might need to decrease some of the ingredients to fit them all in your blender (they did not all fit into my two-quart blender).

Thrive Market: If you aren’t sure where to buy certain ingredients and health supplements for your smoothies, consider Thrive Market. Buying health supplements on Amazon is not recommended.

What are some of your favorite smoothie recipes?

This post was originally published on January 10, 2019; it was updated on October 11, 2019.

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It’s Time For A Lifestyle Cleanse

Hello Friends! Do you need a healthy RESET button? In October, (coming up really soon!) I will be joining a Lifestyle Cleanse with my business partner and I would love for you to join us!

Week 1: Nutrition + Exercise

Week 2: Reducing Toxic Load

Week 3: Green Cleaning

Week 4: Stress + Mindset

My business partner will be providing you with free training and product giveaways! Email me today at contact@inspirationforwellness.com so that I can get you the products that you need. Let’s work on our health together!

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Favorite Healthy Grocery Stores

Looking for healthier grocery stores? Our family tries to eat organic, non-GMO foods whenever possible. That is why we enjoy shopping at Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s and Thrive Market!

Whole Foods

Whole Foods carries organic, natural foods along with body care, health supplements, and a limited supply of other household items. The store also sells pre-made food, and food that you can have cooked while you shop. When we don’t have time to cook, we enjoy Whole Foods’ pizza, organic rotisserie chicken, burgers and Asian cuisine. The hot bar and cold bars also sell a variety of healthy foods, comfort foods and some ethnic foods. The cookies, cakes, gelato and ice creams from the bakery are made with real sugar and other real food ingredients. Simply delicious!

Whole Foods seems to be the most expensive of the three stores, but you can save money by choosing the 365 brand (the more affordable Whole Foods brand); you can also save some money if you are an Amazon Prime member. My husband and I spend $20 to $200 per visit. Depending on which products are currently discounted for Prime members, we usually save $2 to $15 per visit. I like Whole Foods because of its wide selection of foods (including pre-made foods) and high-quality products. I have been shopping at Whole Foods for ten years and I can only remember a couple of times when I could not find an exotic food item that I was looking for!

Trader Joe’s

Trader Joe’s is a kid-friendly store that provides unique natural and organic foods. They also carry a very limited amount of health supplements and household products. My kids love Trader Joe’s because of the kid-size shopping carts, stuffed animals, lollipops and stickers. Each store has some kind of stuffed animal (our local stores have a monkey and a dragon named Norbert) that is hidden somewhere new everyday. At checkout, children are rewarded with a lollipop if they tell the cashier where the stuffed animal is hiding. The children are also given stickers at checkout. Fun seasonal items include pumpkin pop tarts and Trader Joe’s sells unique items like calamansi juice. The food selection is a lot smaller than Whole Foods, but I choose Trader Joe’s over other grocery stores because they promise that all their products are GMO-free. Trader Joe’s is also a win because it is a very affordable, high-quality grocery store.

Thrive Market

Thrive Market is an online store that carries many of the same products and brands as Whole Foods, but at lower prices. Like Trader Joe’s, Thrive also promises that all their products are non-GMO. Products are ordered online and free shipping (shipping takes about three days) is provided for orders over $49. After a 30-day membership trial, you pay a yearly $59.95 membership fee which is donated to a family in need. Members can also receive free gifts such as coffee, pancake mix, supplements, nutrition bars, skin care, and other great products when orders have reached a specific dollar amount. I like Thrive because of its convenience; I don’t have to leave the house and I have an endless amount of time to do research on products before buying. Thrive is also affordable and sells a diverse selection of products.

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This post was originally published on November 14, 2018 and updated on July 29, 2019.