By Fran of Heyfranhey.com
Last week we discussed the importance of being aware of our nutrition and daily food intake. It’s important to assess what we are consuming, not only for the sake of our beauty regimens but also for our overall health. Eating processed, factory-made foods deprives us of essential nutrients, proteins, vitamins and minerals. We blame a lot of our beauty goals not being met on specific products and techniques, but our food plates are important factors contributing to those expectations. By incorporating more natural, healthier eating habits into our daily routines, we will see and feel incredible results as well as positively improve our quality of life. I’ve learned, from first hand experience, that being natural is most beneficial when it starts from the inside out.
I understand the transition is not an easy one. A lot of factors come into play: finances, accessibility to clean foods and just being a creature of habit. In the following weeks, we will try to figure out ways to improve our diets without breaking the bank. As well as share recipes on ways to gradually incorporate a cleaner, processed-free lifestyle without having to jump into it cold turkey. This isn’t about becoming a vegetarian or vegan. This is more about understanding what is currently going into your body, their short-term and long-term effects as well as your options.
Today we will start with a quick and easy “Green Smoothie” that will help you begin a transition, if you’re interested of course, into a healthier lifestyle. Smoothies are always the coolest way to start the journey because who doesn’t love a smoothie? Also, they can always be modified to suit your favorite flavors and consistencies. The purpose is to use them on a daily basis to incorporate essential vitamins and nutrients that your body is unable to create on its own. Last week we learned that our bodies need Omega-3 Fatty Acids, Water, Protein, Minerals and Vitamins to be properly replenished on a daily basis. Here is a smoothie you can try that will incorporate all of those essentials:
1 cup of almond milk (Provides Protein, Potassium & Zinc minerals)
1 Organic Banana (Provides Vitamin A, B, C, E & Iron minerals)
1 Handful of Spinach (Provides Fiber, Protein and Cancer-fighting Antioxidants)
1 Handful of Kale (Provides Vitamin A, C, K, & Sulfur for Detoxification)
1 Tablespoon of Flax Seeds or Chia Seeds (Provides Omega-3 Fatty Acids)
1 Organic Pear (Provides Calcium & Fiber)
½ Cup of Ice
This drink should be consumed first thing in the morning, either as a replacement for breakfast or as a supplement (if you feel its not enough). All of these ingredients provide the essentials to help your body function properly throughout the day. I keep a list on my fridge of the different veggies & fruits that fall under the nutrients needed on a daily basis. That way I can switch up the combinations so I don’t become bored with the taste. Make sure to check back to the article from last week for those exact categories. Also, remember you are drinking for health and not simply for pleasure, so don’t expect the taste to blow you away! What should help you down that smoothie is keeping in mind how powerful it is for your energy levels and internal system. Not to mention how awesome your body, skin and hair will look after just a few weeks! Let’s take those baby steps towards a better, happier life. Keep me posted on what you guys think and how you feel!