Kick start that summer figure by juicing or blending smoothies!
Not only will you see quick improvements to your waistline and your healthy lifestyle, but supplementing raw foods by juicing or blending drinks (smoothies) is a great way to achieve the recommended 5 to 13 daily servings of vegetables and fruits.
Remember that using organic produce is important.
Getting more raw nutrients into your diet is a great start, but considering the chemicals you may be running through your blender or juicer is also a concern.
Being kind to our bodies - along with the earth, soil, and animals - will by extension, support local agricultural workers who are growing our raw food supply. Everybody wins!
Try this sweet and spicy smoothie that not only jump starts your metabolism, but contains potassium and vitamins A and C.
Directions for a Watermelon Kick Smoothie:
Add the following ingredients, in the order provided, to your blender or extractor.
Blend to desired consistency:
- ¼ habanero
- 1 lime, peeled and quartered
- 1 cup watermelon
- Pepper (optional)
- Ice cubes (optional)
• Add additional water to achieve desired consistency.
• Adding dark, leafy green vegetables increase fiber; they are an excellent source for the relief of constipation or hemorrhoids.
• CAUTION: If you are experiencing an agitated digestive system, the fiber content in whole fruits and vegetables may add further stress. However, by extracting plant foods it can aid in replenishing nutrients lost in diarrhea while making it easier for your body to break down the food sources and absorb them quickly.
• For diabetic or weight issues, ingesting more high fiber fruits, vegetables, and legumes (leafy greens, cabbage, berries, asparagus, Brussels sprouts, apples, and beans) help combat free radicals.
• Soluble fiber (once in the intestines) slows the absorption of sugars in the blood – allowing the body to feel full and limiting insulin spikes.
• The Dirty Dozen: The following foods are considered to be most contaminated with chemicals. It is especially important to consider eating the following foods in organic form: potatoes, spinach, apples, strawberries, celery, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, grapes, hot peppers, sweet bell peppers, nectarines (imported), and peaches
• Always consult your physician if you have special diet or health related issues.
For additional information and local places to shop for healthy foods, click on any of the following links:
- Boise Co-Op
- Brown Box Organics
- The Organic Store Locator
- Trader Joe’s
- Whole Foods Market
- Learn more about the benefits of vitamin C by clicking on the link in this sentence.
- Learn more about fiber benefits by clicking on the WebMD link in this sentence
- For more information on dirty dozen foods, click on the link in this sentence.
From my home to yours: another favorite recipe - enjoyed with organics and nutrition in mind.