Today I am sharing a smoothie recipe with you that I created earlier this week. I have been experimenting with Genuine Health products and used on in this smoothie. I also won a contest and got some free samples, so I will wait to do a review on some of the things I have tried until a bit later.
First up, I have some exciting news. I have been working with a local business, Jaydancin & Zoe’s Market Place in Lambeth, ON. They are an organic make-up shop and provider of high quality natural products for body care and they also offer a variety of natural local and organic products sourced from trusted resources in and around London, ON.
This Saturday I will be in store offering nutrition information and helping you to take simple steps to improve your health. This Saturday I will be chatting about…SUGAR! I will have some alternatives and tips to help you reduce your sugar intake and why you should!
This is a great opportunity to meet me and chat! I look forward to being there and seeing everyone who stops by!
Saturday November 8th, 2014
Jaydancin & Zoe’s Market Place
2454 Main St., Lambeth, Ontario, Canada
Okay, on to the recipe!
Like I said, I have been experimenting with Genuine Health products, in particular the Vegan Greens+ O. It has lots of good ingredients and it is made from 80% organic ingredients. I like that it adds an easy boost to my day in just one scoop and I know I am getting lots of nutrition that is difficult to get from just eating food.
Our food today unfortunately is not as nutritious as it used to be, and while I do believe that supplements are not necessary I think the to thrive with optimal nutrition without supplements is a large challenge! What I like about Genuine Health Greens+ O is that it is whole foods based, I get lots of whole foods in some small package so it isn’t another pill that my body might not breakdown properly and then I have wasted money.
I have only been using this product for about a week and although the flavour is strong (I opted for natural flavour!) it is definitely easy to add to my daily diet and in particular my smoothie!
1 cup almond milk
1 kale leaf
½ cucumber, chopped
½ lemon, juiced (by hand)
1/3 ripe banana
1 scoop Vegan Greens+ O by Genuine Health
1 tbsp hemp hearts
1 tbsp hemp oil
Add all ingredients into your blender and blend on high until smoothie. Drink and feel energized!
What do you have when you need an energy boost? Do you take a supplement to get more nutrients into your diet?
I am almost embarrassed to say that I just tried kale for the first time this past fall, and since then I have been getting and eating kale every week. I had heard that kale is a tough vegetable for people to get down, and I was concerned, so I did lots of research and came across lots of kale chips and lots of marinated kale salad recipes.
Although I do like kale chips, I have become slightly obsessed with marinated kale salads. They are so easy to make, sometimes I make it a day in advance and it just gets better with time, it is easy to switch up, lots of toppings for variety, and best of all, the salad tastes so yummy!
Today I am sharing my favourite kale salad, but before that, let’s talk about why kale has risen to superfood status.
Some people find that raw cruciferous vegetables can upset their stomachs or cause gas. If this sounds like you, start by cooking these vegetables and add them slowly into your diet. Cooking some of these vegetables can improve some of the nutrient value, so varying cooked and raw is great way to ensure the best nutrition.
This is also a marinated salad, this helps to make the kale less bitter, and aids in the bodies ability to break it down. Make sure you are chewing your salad very well!
This recipe calls for removing the stems, the thick woody vein running down the back. This is not very tasty, especially in a raw salad, but don’t throw these out. You can add the stems to soup, or make a broth or stock, or add them to smoothies or to a stir-fry. The stems are packed with much of the same nutrition as the leaves.
Detoxifying Kale Salad
½ bunch of raw kale
¼ orange, squeezed (or lemon)
salt and pepper to taste
olive oil (optional, I usually don’t add this)
your favorite protein, or grain (I go for chicken or turkey most days)
Remove the stem from your kale and rip or chop into pieces, set aside. In the bowl you plan to serve from, mash avocado and mix with juice of orange or lemon (lime would likely be tasty too). Add in salt and pepper to taste. Mix in with kale, then use your hands to massage the kale leaves with the “dressing.” Make sure that you get the dressing on all part of the kale, get your hands in there! Let the kale salad sit for at least 10 minutes (or up to a day or so). Add on any toppings you like and eat it up!
I often add nutritional yeast and pumpkin seeds along with a left over protein.
I hope you try this salad and enjoy it as much and as often as I do!
What is your favorite way to enjoy kale? What new vegetable have you added to your diet lately?
Amanda is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist out of Southwest Middlesex, and London ON. She works with clients to help them achieve their health and wellness goals!
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