Y’all know how much I love green juice and smoothies and lately I’ve been craving a switch up from my usual recipe. I added a few new ingredients to add to the nutritional benefit and even my roommate, who I think wants to vomit every time she sees me drinking something green, says she likes this! For 1 smoothie you’ll need:
1 cup water
Half a bag of organic spinach
1 cup organic frozen tropical fruit mix (love this one from Trader Joe’s!)
the juice of 1 lemon
1 TBSP chia seeds
1 inch chunk of fresh ginger
1 tsp core greensStart by pouring the water into your blender and add chia seeds and spinach next, add everything else on top and blend until smooth. (The vitamix will give you the best texture!) Enjoy! In case you aren’t familiar with chia seeds, here are a few of the benefits: and as mentioned in my raw brownies recipe, you know I’m obsessed with Core Greens To learn more about the benefits of lemon and ginger, check out my recipe for the immunity/weight loss shot! Start your week off with some goodness, Happy Monday!
I am not someone who eats many dairy products. I try to consume them sparingly for a multitude of reasons and most of the nutritionists I follow closely would endorse that same idea. However, there is one dairy product that’s actually good for you, and you might be surprised to hear what it is… (drumroll please!)
ORGANIC OR RAW BUTTER!
Organic, grassfed butter (Raw is actually best, but it’s harder to get – check out www.realmilk.com to find some in your area) actually has a multitude of vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, glycospingolipids (a special category of fatty acids that protect against gastrointestinal infections) and other disease fighting properties!
One of my favorite physicians/nutritionists, Dr. Axe, not only endorses the consumption of organic butter, but makes this argument on why one should never consume margarine:(prepare yourself for shock and disgust!):
“Standing in direct opposition to all of these healthful qualities [of raw and/or organic butter] stands margarine and assorted ‘vegetable oil spreads.’ While these may be cheaper, you’d never eat them again if you knew how they were made.
All margarines are made from assorted vegetable oils that have been heated to extremely high temperatures. This ensures that the oils will become rancid. After that, a nickel catalyst is added, along with hydrogen atoms, to solidify it. Nickel is a toxic heavy metal and amounts always remain in the finished product. Finally, deodorants and colorings are added to remove margarine’s horrible smell (from the rancid oils) and unappetizing grey color.
And if that is not enough, in the solidification process, harmful trans-fatty acids are created which are carcinogenic and mutagenic. What would you rather have: a real food with an abundance of healthful qualities or a stick of carcinogenic, bleached and deodorized slop?
Some of you might be watching your weight and be rather hesitant to add butter into your diet. Have no fear. About 15% of the fatty acids in butter are of the short and medium chain variety which are NOT stored as fat in the body, but are used by the vital organs for energy.”
For more information on the health benefits of organic butter, check out this article!