Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Daily Smoothie

Pretty much every day I have a smoothie. The days I don't get to make myself one, I feel tired and sluggish, or my body seems to want more of the not-so-good stuff.

I started researching longevity just for the heck of it, and came across a very cool people group that live into their 100s and beyond. This group is the Okinawans, on an island of Japan. Since learning about their lifestyle, I was totally inspired! I have incorporated a lot of their philosophy into my life, although all of it isn't practical for me unfortunately. I can however, participate in like exercise, and like food practices to the extent of what's available to me in Arizona.

The major ingredient that I learned about was Sea Kelp, or Kombu. It is extremely nutrient dense and has a ton of calcium! The Okinawans like to say, eat something from the ocean everyday. This is my little way of following that advice, and it's so easy to blend it up in a smoothie. It doesn't add any off flavor, I promise.

I have included a Why? section to this post, just so you can see my reasoning in adding certain ingredients. I hope it helps. Always do research for yourself though, I'd be remiss if I told you to just take my word for it. Do your homework because your health is important!

Kefir because it contains more probiotics, has a good amount of protein, and has more vitamins and minerals than typical yogurt. It also aids in digestion. I choose plain Kefir because I find the flavored ones are too sweet for me.

Coconut Milk because it's awesome for brain health, heart health, and puts moisture into skin and hair.

Kelp or Kombu because it has 10 times more calcium than milk. It's also a great source of vitamins and minerals that our typical American diet doesn't get too often. It is said that it also helps fight cancer and other diseases.

Chia Seeds because they are nutrient dense, have high antioxidant properties, and are a good source of fiber and protein. Chia Seeds also help your body stay hydrated.

Flax Seeds because they are nutrient dense, help with depression, are great for women's and men's health regarding gender specific diseases and issues.

Please research this all for yourself and check with your doctor before adding these ingredients into your life. I have found these ingredients to be a healthful addition into my lifestyle, but I also understand that each person is unique in what their body specifically needs and/or shouldn't have.

Daily Smoothie
Serves 2, or somedays I could drink it all myself.

1/3 cup plain kefir
1/8 cup orange juice
1/8 cup coconut milk, optional
1 banana, organic
4-5 chunks pinneapple, frozen
3-4 blueberries (or one strawberry), frozen
2-4 icecubes, optional
1/2 sheet dried kelp or kombu
few baby leafy greens, or 1/4 kale leaf
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 tsp flax seed

How To: 
If you have a high-power blender such as a Vitamix, add all ingredients into blender and blend on high setting for 30 seconds or so.

If you have a blender that's not so high-power, add in liquid and softer ingredients, blend. As it's blending carefully drop the harder (or frozen) items into the blender as it blends. This will help it incorporate better.

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