Incredible Hulk Juice (or a Clean Green Smoothie for Mom)

If you are subscribed to our INDULGE in Nutrition monthly newsletter you got to read all about National Nutrition Month(NNM) which has been going on throughout the month of March. The theme for NNM this year is “Bite Into a Healthy Lifestyle,” and that is exactly what we have been trying to give you the resources to do! There have been a lot of green things in this kitchen this month- we hope you are loving it. And more importantly, we hope you are teaching your kids to love it!

Before we move on to Easter fun on this blog, we wanted to share one more green recipe! Green smoothies are quick and very easy to personalize. They are also packed full of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients (all in one drink)! Here are some of the benefits of the ingredients in this particular smoothie:

Dark, leafy greens: Baby spinach, romaine lettuce, and kale- These all promote good blood clotting, healthy vision, immune function, and skin and bone health. The fiber content improves digestive function (hello roughage)! They have been shown to lower the risk of heart disease and diabetes, improve muscle strength, lower the risk of certain types of cancer, detoxify the body, and act as anti-inflammatory agents. They are also good for women hoping to get pregnant (thanks to the folate content).
Green apples: Can lower your risk of chronic diseases, promote weight loss, and regulate blood sugar. It also is very good for your heart!
Celery stalks: Thanks to it antioxidant content, celery can help us have healthy cells, blood vessels, and organs. It reduces inflammation, can be soothing to our nervous system, regulates pH in the body (no one wants to be acidic), and lowers blood pressure and LDL(“bad” cholesterol. And [...]

Lean, Green Workout Machine

Who ate way too much Valentine’s Day chocolate? Yeah, ME too! And after a couple of days of that, I think it’s time for a hard workout and a CLEAN, GREEN smoothie!

I always feel so much better when I’m able to sweat after a few days of eating badly. Cardio is my favorite way to sweat, and it’s SO good for your heart! The American Heart Association actually recommends at least 150 minutes/week of moderate exercise OR 75 minutes/week of vigorous exercise.

Your cardio can be anything that you enjoy doing—walking, jogging, biking, rowing, training for a race, swimming, or using the elliptical, StairMaster, or treadmill. You can also try your hand at HIIT or High Intensity Interval Training. This is a cycle of a short burst of vigorous exercise followed by a slightly longer recovery period. It’s more effective at burning fat than exercising at a steady pace for a longer amount of time because it keeps your body guessing, while still allowing you to preserve your muscle. It also keeps your body burning fat for hours afterwards because of all the vigorous exercise performed during your workout.

At least a couple of times a week, I like to spend about 30 minutes on the treadmill alternating between 1 minute of sprinting and 1.5—2 minutes of a brisk walk. I don’t stick to the same speeds, which keeps my body guessing so that I really get the most from my workout. You can also alternate between jumping exercises (lunges, squats, burpees, or jumping jacks) and a static exercise like (push-ups, sit-ups, leg lifts, planks, etc.)

Make sure you warm up with moving stretches and cool down with static stretching and walking at a slow pace for [...]

Love you Berry Much Smoothie

Valentine’s Day. A chocolate and candy lovers dream. Have you walked through the stores? Red and pink deliciousness everywhere. It makes it difficult to think outside of that little red chocolate heart box to think of anything healthy for Valentine’s day. So we are doing the thinking for you! You and your loved ones are going to love this yummy, healthy Valentine’s Day smoothie.

The pretty red color comes from the secret ingredient, beets. Shhhh! Don’t tell anyone. They won’t know they are drinking such an antioxidant rich drink!

Last year, I posted about pink pancakes that also has beets as a secret ingredient. Check out the post to find out how to roast beets and make a healthy Valentine’s breakfast. Go ahead and roast 2-3 beets so you can make smoothies and pancakes! What a funtritious Valentine’s breakfast!

Once the beets are roasted this smoothie recipe is super easy. Just blend a beet, yogurt, orange juice, and frozen berries.

And don’t worry. This recipe has been kid tested and approved!

Recipe for 2 servings

1 cup greek yogurt with honey
1 medium roasted beet cut into chunks
1 cup orange juice
2 cups frozen mixed berries

Blend together in your favorite mixer and enjoy your healthy Valentine’s drink!

Soda the New Tobacco?

I just read an interesting article from LA Times that the Surgeon General is being asked for a report on soda. This would be similar to when they reported in the 1960’s about the harm of tobacco. My first reaction is, “Wow! They really think soda can be as harmful as tobacco?”

Bear with me and follow the logic.

1. Tobacco is addicting. 2. Tobacco causes lung cancer. 3. People die from tobacco.

1. Sodas can be addicting. 2. Soda (sugary drinks) is the only food/ beverage that has been linked to obesity. 3. Obesity causes fatal diseases (heart failure, stroke, etc.)……so is the next conclusion……. people die from soda???

Too far of a stretch for you?? It might be for some, but the people asking for the report are not politicians. It is mainly scientist and health organizations.

What is my take on it? If you have read my nutrition philosophy on the about page you will see NUMBER ONE: everything is okay in moderation. I truly believe this. Soda is obviously high in calories and sugar, and provides no nutritional benefit. Therefore, it should not be consumed frequently, but in moderation. My opinion of moderation for sodas: Once or twice a month. My husbands definition of moderation: Anytime he can sneak it behind my back! 🙂

So what about kids and soda. With the rise of childhood obesity across America, it makes me wonder if we should be stricter with soda consumption. Besides, we would never consider giving tobacco to our kids. Should we be just as concerned about soda? I think if parents viewed soda as the nutritional equivalent to candy (which it is), then they would make wiser decisions about if, when, and how frequently they give [...]

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