Looking for a quick snack that packs in a stack of vitamins and minerals?! Here’s some ideas….
Simple Green Smoothies (http://simplegreensmoothies.com/30-day-challenge) has a fantastic monthly challenge where they send you great recipes (and the shopping list you will need) for delicious smoothies!
Some of my favourites to add to smoothies are…..
Great source of calcium and the amino acid tryptophan and excellent anti-inflammatory.
Supports the endocrine systems and hormonal balance
A complete food containing B Vitamins and high in protein
Great way to add extra good fats to your diet
This smoothie is soothing to the body and gut!
In a blender/food processor add:
Handful of kale
1 ‘Cocobella’ Coconut water
Half a large avocado
1 tablespoon of vital greens
The juice of half a lime
Blend and enjoy!
My new favourite health tonic…..for the days that you need a pick me up!
Half a lemon
One or two knobs of ginger (depending on how strong you want it)
A handful of baby spinach leaves
5 pieces of celery
Small bunch of mint leaves
Then mix the juice with a tablespoon of Vital Greens and about 50ml of Aloe Vera Juice. Water it down to the strength that suits you. You should be able to get 3-4 glasses once watered down.
This tonic is also great if your stomach is feeling a bit funny or if you feel like you might be coming down with a cold.
So, there is a lot of arguments about supplements and if they are worthwhile.
My take on it is that I think they are worthwhile. My reasons are:
-Our fruit and veg isn’t as high quality as it use to be due to farming methods, refrigeration, transport etc. (Good work to those people that only eat locally grown organic produce-you will be getting so much more nutrients then the rest of us!)
-Lifestyle….do I need to say more?! Lack of sleep, alcohol, sugar, caffeine…the list goes on.
– Stress! This depletes our bodies so much of the nutrients we need for optimal health….zinc in particular gets zapped!
-Diet….who can honestly say they are eating enough fruit and veg and a wide enough variety??? Even if you have a great diet, you can’t always be sure that your gut is absorbing the maximum amount of vitamins and minerals from your food.
I don’t think we need to go overboard on the supplements but I think you will notice a difference from taking a good quality supplement that suits you. I have tried so many different types and there were a lot that I didn’t think were very good. My opinion is that a lot are quite basic and had the vitamins and minerals that my diet was giving me as it was. I have recommended Swisse Vitamins to friends and family as they seem to be quite good but I don’t take them myself as they make me feel sick….I think they’re a bit hard on my stomach. Make sure you are careful when you take any supplements and LISTEN to your body (that’s what health is about!)
There is one product I LOVE. Vital Greens! It has so many different supplements in it, particularly herbs, that I wouldn’t otherwise be getting in my diet. I definitely notice the difference in my energy levels and skin when I take it.
Vital Greens is a nutrient and enzyme-rich, complete superfood containing 76 nutrients essential for optimal health, energy and vitality.
Includes: naturally occurring whole food source vitamins, trace minerals, antioxidants, pro-biotics, essential amino acids, omega 3 and omega 6 essential fatty acids, digestive enzymes, cell pigments, plant sterols and fibres.
Vital Greens can be found at most health food shops. It’s a little on the pricy side but ends up equating to about the same as some generic supplements such as Swisse. It’s a powder that you mix with water (or juice, or whatever you need to swallow it!). I don’t mind the taste but I know of some who aren’t a fan!
I take about a teaspoon each morning but if I’m starting to get tired and run down I will add an extra teaspoon at night time about an hour before I go to bed.
You can buy small sample packets from some health food shops. If you can’t find any, please let me know and I can source them for you. If you give it a try, please let me know how you go!
Vital Greens Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/VitalGreensAustralia