Add More Greens to Your Diet!

Did you know that less than 7% of Americans are eating their recommended daily servings of vegetables?

That number is staggering to me.

As a Nutritionist, I recommend a high intake of fresh vegetables – both cooked and raw. With today’s busy schedules, work travel, finicky eaters, etc – reaching and optimal amount can be a challenge.

While there is no substitute for eating your vegetables, you can give your diet a boost by using a powdered greens product.
My personal favorite is PHresh Greens.

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Just 1tsp of Phresh Greens provides 3-4 servings of vegetables. Think about all of those added nutrients.

Just add it to water, juice or your favorite smoothie! pHresh Products™ pHresh greens® Raw Alkalizing Superfood is made with 16 raw ingredients that were carefully selected for their highly alkalizing properties. It is a full spectrum alkalizing superfood blend of energy rich vegetables, cereal grasses and sea algaes. pHresh greens® is highly bio-available and provides your body with a rich natural source of vitamins, trace minerals, chlorophyll and other phytonutrients beneficial to health. It is also made with True Intention ensuring that you will get all the ingredients’ nutritional benefits without any harmful chemicals, additives, preservatives or fillers. Its all natural organic ingredients have been carefully slow dried to help retain its life energy. pHresh greens® is made from the natural produce itself, thus ensuring you are getting the vital nutrients of the ingredients from a natural state, it’s just like harvesting produce from your own organic vegetable garden!*

  • Non-GMO and Non-Irradiated.*
  • No Yeast, Nuts, Soy, or Animal Products.*
  • No Herbicides, Pesticides or Synthetic Chemicals.*
  • No Preservatives, Artificial Colors, Flavors, Sweeteners or Sugars.*
  • Gluten Free*
  • Contains no Egg, Wheat, Dairy or Caffeine*
  • BPA Free*

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Why Raw Green Superfood?

Super foods by definition are foods that are nutritionally dense, high in fiber and are believed to help fight disease and increase longevity. Green superfoods are foods with outstanding qualities that are high in chlorophyll content. Most green superfoods are the ones you’ll find in nature that don’t require any kind of processing or refining there by keeping them in a raw green superfood state. You’ve probably heard of superfoods, but may not know what makes them so “super”. Loaded with essential nutrients that enhance energy, fight disease and help detoxify. Green superfoods is a term usually used to describe young cereal grasses such as wheat grass, barley grass, oat grass, as well as spirulina, chlorella, collards, broccoli, kale and other leafy vegetables. A diet comprised of green superfoods enables grass-eating animals to continually maintain their weight, strength, and vibrant health. Raw green superfoods are among the world’s most nutrient-rich, dense and beneficial foods on Earth. A quality green supplement is a concentrated power source of important phyto-nutrients (live sun energy) and the minerals, vitamins, fiber, enzymes, carotenoids, and antioxidants which have been stripped from most modern foods of today. Raw green superfoods are rich in chlorophyll, often called the ‘blood’ of plants. It has the same molecular structure of human blood with the exception of its center atom, which is magnesium based rather than iron.*

What makes this product better than other greens on the market?

pHresh greens® is:

  • Made with all organic ingredients*
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  • Naturally balanced source of antioxidants, B-vitamins, carotenoids, phytonutrients, enzymes and dietary fiber*
  • Great for detoxifying and cleansing*
  • Complete raw food with powerful antioxidants*
  • Alkaline green vegetables, cereal grasses and sea algaes, all help to balance pH levels

Enjoy this delicious Blueberry smoothie recipe!

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  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp Phresh Greens

Toss ingredients into your blender and blend until smooth and enjoy!

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Vitamix Personal Blender – Discount

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Looking for a high speed blender designed for tight spaces and people on the go – that is built to last?

Look no further than the Vitamix S3o.

Vitamix® Introduces the S30, a Versatile, Portable Machine Offering High-Performance Blending

Vitamix, a world leader in professional-grade blending equipment for home and commercial use, presents the S30—the first high-performance, personal blender from the brand trusted by consumers and professional chefs alike.

Featuring the versatility and durability that are synonymous with the Vitamix name, the S30 offers a sleek, compact design that allows users to easily create smaller batches and individual servings and streamlines everyday kitchen tasks. Equipped with two perfectly sized containers for individuals and small families plus a lightweight base, the S30 makes it simple to quickly blend and take recipes to go.

The small but mighty S30 boasts a powerful 790-watt motor, metal drive system and the signature laser-cut, stainless-steel blades—a staple of Vitamix machines. The result is a smoother blend, even with tough ingredients. The machine also gives users control over blending, with a Variable Speed Control and a Pulse feature to effortlessly create a variety of textures.

Designed to perform like no other, the efficient S30 comes with two unique, shatter-resistant, BPA-free containers. Users can choose the right one for the task at hand, making it simple to prepare individual servings of smoothies and juices, quickly chop vegetables, grind grains and produce smaller batches of soups, sauces, vinaigrettes, frozen desserts and more. An interlock ensures the container is securely in place before starting the machine. The 20-ounce double insulated beverage cup quickly blends single-serving recipes and becomes an instant travel cup—perfect for most cup holders—with a flip-top lid.  Its double-insulated material maintains temperatures while on the go. The 40-ounce container offers fast processing, a mess-free pour and the versatility to create single and double servings of favorite Vitamix recipes.

The removable blade base on the S30 makes it safe and easy to extract thicker creations, like peanut butter and dips. For added convenience, both containers, as well as the tamper and blade base, are top rack dishwasher-safe.

“We have created the ideal machine for the on-the-go fitness enthusiast, the home chef who wants to produce small batches of sauces or dips, and the family who wants to make their own personal blends with minimal clean-up,” said Karen Haefling, vice president of marketing, Vitamix. “With the introduction of the S30, we’re redefining the personal blender by combining convenience and portability with the power and versatility Vitamix machines are known for. The S30 is adaptable enough to help create every meal of the day, yet small enough to accompany you anywhere.”

Because of its smaller stature, the S30 can conveniently be stored in or under kitchen cabinets and the containers fit easily on refrigerator shelves. This machine is also perfect for the gym, office, vacation home, business trip… or anywhere there is a need for personal blending.

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Homemade Chocolate Almond Milk

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I received a sample of Freedom Super Foods Raw Cacao Powder…so of course, my first thought was – time to make chocolate almond milk!

The product was rich, chocolate-y and delicious! I give it a thumbs up.

If you’ve never made your own almond milk – you absolutely must give it a try. It really is quite easy and sooooo delicious. Once you’ve tasted homemade, you’ll never buy store-bought almond milk again!

Ingredients:
•1c raw almonds
•4c filtered water
•1/2 tsp organic vanilla extract
•4 pitted Medjool dates
•2 TBSP Cocoa/Cacao Powder (to taste)

Directions:

Soak almonds in water over night. (8-12 hrs) Drain the water from the almonds.

In a *Vitamix, blend almonds and dates in 4c of filtered water.

Pour mixture through a cheesecloth or *nut milk bag into a large pitcher or bowl. Return milk to vitamix and add vanilla and cacao powder and blend until combined. Store refrigerated, in an airtight container. Can be stored for 4-7 days. Shake before serving.

*A nut milk bag works much better than cheesecloth.

Enjoy!

 

 

Benefits of Almond Milk:

•Almond milk is a good source of the antioxidant vitamin E, so it can help prevent cancer and slow the signs of aging. The flavonoids in almond milk also help to reduce the number of free radicals in the body, protecting you from a number of degenerative diseases that occur with again, such as osteoporosis and type 2 diabetes.
•Unlike cow’s milk, almond milk contains no cholesterol and no saturated fats, so it won’t damage your cardiovascular system. Almond milk is also high in omega-3 fatty acids, which off many benefits including lowering your levels of “bad” LDL cholesterol.
•Compared to soy and rice milk, almond milk has the highest concentrations of vitamins and minerals.
•Almond milk is a great milk substitute choice for those who are trying to lower their fat and calorie intake.

*Almond Milk is Not Safe for Those with Tree Nut Allergies

 

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Benefits of Green Smoothies

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Eat your vegetables! Our mom’s have been telling us that for years, right? But lets face it, most Americans are not eating near the amount of veggies that they should be. Blending up a healthy, delicious smoothie is a great way to pack greens and other nutritious vegetables and fruits into your diet (especially those that you may not enjoy eating on a regular basis). Smoothies also a great way to sneak veggies into your kids’ diet – we all know how picky kids can be when it comes to veggies!

Eating a well balanced, plant based diet is definitely one the most powerful things you can do for your health. Research has shown that people who eat plant-based diets have lower weight, reduced risk of chronic diseases, better nutrient intake, and better management of chronic health conditions like high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes.

By taking simple steps, like consuming more fresh vegetables you can start to experience those benefits.

Blending up a green smoothie for your breakfast every morning is a great way to start you day. Think about it – you’re giving your body a blast of phytonutrients, antioxidants and fiber. I promise, that green smoothie is going to keep you energized and full til lunchtime. It’s the perfect “grab & go” breakfast.

Without a doubt the healthiest smoothies are the ones that contain greens. 

I recommend making smoothies that are loaded with leafy greens and only a small amount of fruit. The biggest mistake that people make when making smoothies, is using too much fruit. Too much fruit can cause spikes in your blood sugar. A good rule of thumb is no more than one serving of fruit in your smoothie. For example, 1 serving of berries is 1 cup. A serving a pineapple is 1/2 cup, due to it’s higher sugar content.

 

This recipe is one of my favorites – even my kids love it!

 

Blueberry Almond Spinach

2 tablespoons almond butter

1/2 banana (preferably frozen)

1/2 cup frozen blueberries

3 cups spinach

1 cup unsweetened almond milk

 

Add all ingredients to your Vitamix and blend til smooth. Enjoy!

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Good Morning Sunshine Smoothie

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This smoothie is like a burst of sunshine. As delicious as it is beautiful. Packed with phytonutrients, it is alkalizing and anti-inflammatory.

Turmeric: The active ingredient in turmeric is the antioxidant curcumin that slows the replication of cancer cells and helps protect healthy cells from damage. Curcumin can also potentially benefit you by:Promoting your immune system. Helping you maintain your healthy digestive system, Supporting your healthy bones, joints, and overall skeletal system, and Promoting healthy blood and liver functions.

Ginger: helps curb genetic mutations that transform normal cells into cancer cells. It has been shown to be more effective against bacterial staph infections than antibiotics. Ginger’s anti-inflammatory effects are well researched and . It can ease or cure a variety of gut problems, such as ulcerative colitis and acid reflux.

Grapefruit: detoxifying; contains naringenin which slows the growth of breast cancer cells; the peel contains d-limonene which may help in keeping pancreatic and colorectal cancers at bay.

Orange: detoxifying; contains cancer-inhibiting flavonoids; the peel contains d-limonene which may help in fighting pancreatic and colorectal cancers.

Carrot: rich in protective carotene that stimulates T-cell cytotoxic capabilities; protects the skin from sun damage; helps protect against lung, bladder, stomach, prostate and colon cancers.

Banana: high in potassium and low in sodium, they help reduce blood pressure and equalize blood sugar levels.

Mango: mango has been found to protect against colon, breast, leukemia and prostate cancers. The high levels of fiber, pectin and vitamin C help to lower serum cholesterol levels.

Coconut: Research studies suggest that cytokinins in coconut water showed significant anti-aging, anti-carcinogenic, and anti-thrombotic effects. Also a very good source of B-complex vitamins and potassium.

 

Good Morning Sunshine Smoothie

Serves 2

  •  1 cup coconut water,or plain filtered water
  • 1 orange, peeled + 1-2 tsp of the zest
  • 1 grapefruit, peeled + 1-2 tsp of the zest
  • 1 banana  1 mango, pitted & peeled or 1 cup frozen mango
  • 1 large carrot (or a small handful of baby carrots)
  • 2-3 slices of fresh turmeric
  • 1-2 slices of fresh ginger

Toss everything into the Vitamix & you’re good to go! *If the fruit that you’re using is not frozen, you may want to add a couple ice cubes when blending, just to make the smoothie nice and cold.

Enjoy!

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Fat Flush Water

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This recipe will make 1 gallon.
Ingredients:
  • Water – as much water as it takes to fill up your container
  • 2 *grapefruits, sliced
  • 3 tangerines, sliced
  • 1 small cucumber, sliced
  • 1 lime, sliced
  • 2 slices of watermelon (no rind)
  • 5-6 peppermint leaves
    *Grapefruit is contraindicated if you are taking certain prescription medications. Lemons can be substituted.

Directions:

Wash and slice grapefruit, tangerines, limes and cucumber. Cut watermelon into chunks. Add all ingredients to a pitcher and fill with cold, filtered water. Keep refrigerated. Stir & Enjoy!

The grapefruit is loaded with vitamin C to help your body turn fat into fuel. The tangerine increases your sensitivity to insulin, stabilizes blood sugar, and stimulates genes to burn fat. Cucumber helps you feel full and acts as a natural diuretic, which means less bloating and water retention. Lemons and Limes are high in Vitamin C, aid weight loss and improve digestion. Watermelons are high in Vitamin C, Lycopene and potassium. And lastly, it has peppermint, which is not only refreshing but also promotes better digestion and stomach calm.

Make a big pitcher of Fat Flush Water every morning. The longer it sits, the better it will taste. Drink at least one 8 oz. glass 3 times/day for 10 days straight.

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Citrus Immune Booster Smoothie

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This smoothie is packed with phytonutrients that give your immune system a boost!

Not only are citrus fruits delicious and refreshing, they are rich in flavonoids, which have anticancer properties. Citrus fruit flavonoids have been shown to inhibit the growth of cancer cells and prevent the spread of tumors.

Citrus flavonoids are also antioxidants that can neutralize free radicals and may protect against heart disease. Studies show that citrus flavonoids may improve blood flow through coronary arteries, reduce the ability of arteries to form blood clots and prevent the oxidation of LDL (“bad”) cholesterol, which is an initial step in the formation of artery plaques.

In addition to being rich sources of flavonoids, citrus fruits are high in vitamin C, and are good sources of folate and potassium.

 Ingredients:
  • 1 orange, peeled
  • 1/2 lime, peeled
  • 1/2 lemon, peeled
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 avocado
  • ginger to taste
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 cup water (or more if you you want it a little thinner)
  • ice
     Toss everything into your Vitamix, blend and enjoy!!

 

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