What super foods have you tried? I’m batting 7/8 from this list in a recent article naming the 8 best super foods to boost your mood and energy: maca powder, pure raw organic cacao powder (try these vegan raw cacao truffles), chia seeds, coconut/coconut oil, spirulina, goji berries, hemp seeds and oil, flax seeds and oil. You seriously need to start including at least a few of them in your diet, especially at this time of year, to boost your immune system and protect yourself against the cold and flu viruses going around but, just as important, to feel energized, happier, healthier, and more capable of handling the daily stressors in our busy lives.
This past week I started the green smoothie challenge, inspired by my friend @DivaEats on Instagram – I’m not sure if its supposed to be 7 days or the whole month, what’s important is I’m doing it and making them fresh at home rather than spending the $$ to buy one that includes juice concentrates and probably has added sugar. Lots of people are juicing now and they may be adding maca powder, spirulina, goji berries and chia seeds to their drinks, but I don’t own a juicer and prefer to use a blender in order to retain the fiber in the fruit and vegetables and add the bonus super foods.
This is what started my week with kale – a shipment of the good stuff from Cut N’Clean Greens including organic Asian rapini (Gai Lan), pea shoots, beet greens, and several salad mixes and kits. All my green smoothies were made with kale this week, but you can use other greens like spinach, beet greens, chard, collard greens, etc. I brainstormed greens-inspired dishes I want to experiment with, besides the obvious soups and salads, and am planning some bold moves with a beet green risotto and my version of Green Eggs & Ham pizza – so stay tuned.
Kale morning, noon, and night. You may not be a hard core greens fan, like some of us food blogger types who are total kale-a-holics and throw Kale-a-palooza parties to celebrate the new year and our goals or good intentions to eat healthier (more on that event later, including links to some very inspiring kale recipes), but if you can incorporate greens into a few meals during the week you’ll be adding nutrient-dense foods to your diet Remember that term: nutrient dense – major buzz word in health/nutrition/food this year.
Monster Green Power Smoothie
Prep for a week of smoothies packed with nutrients, super foods, and green goodness, no added sweetener needed because the dried blueberries have an amazing concentrated sweetness.
1/2 bag Cut and Clean Organic Kale
1 organic apple, peeled and sliced
2 organic bananas, sliced
3 organic tangerines, or 2 oranges, peeled and segmented
1/2 cup dried organic blueberries
juice of 1/2 Meyer lemon
Other great additions: Acai berries and Gogi berries
Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and toss with lemon juice.
Divide fruit into five baggies and add a handful of kale.
To blend your smoothie: add a few ice cubes to the blender, 1 cup of almond or coconut milk and a teaspoon of Chia seeds. Blend until the mixture turns a rich green which means your kale is totally pureed.