Don’t like to eat much fruit or vegetables? Mix them in smoothies. Try a Shakeology vanilla, latte, or chocolate flavor and blend with frozen strawberries. Making nutritious smoothies, or juicing, is simple to do and a great way to get But is juicing really the healthiest way to go?
Making nutritious smoothies, or juicing, is nothing new but still is a healthy way to include nutrition in your daily diet. But is juicing really the healthiest way to go? Kari Hartel gives the pros and cons to juicing.
I was raised in the South on fruits and vegetables from the garden, and I liked them. I still do. However, a lot of my friends like to eat fruits but don’t care for vegetables or have never tried some of them. They usually tell me they don’t know how to cook them or the vegetables don’t taste good to them.
My paternal grandmother and her sister, Ruth, taught me a trick to cooking vegetables. Add butter (real butter, not margarine) and a tablespoon of sugar. Following their advice made vegetables taste much better to me. The butter and sugar make vegetables like yellow summer squash, sweet green peas, and Brussels sprouts taste more flavorful.
Vegetables that are overcooked become mushy and taste awful. Bring them to a boil on medium-high to high for five minutes then cover and cook on low or simmer for about 20 minutes. Nutrients are not so easily lost that way.
Try my grandmother’s and Aunt Ruth’s vegetable trick. You might decide you like vegetables after all. If not, do the smoothies. Be sure to add a protein powder to them, and only use half the amount of fruits as you do vegetables.
You can purchase protein powder at your local organic store or grocery market. Look around for the best price. I’ve tried three or four brands. One powder I’ve used recently on a detox program tastes disgusting to me. It’s healthy, no doubt. But gagging when I drink a vegetable/fruit smoothie is not my idea of enjoying a meal. The powder came with a 21-day detoxification plan and took some getting used to and a lot of creativity with smoothie recipes. I’ve included a beet, carrot, and spinach smoothie recipe.
- Spinach Leaves, handful
- 2 Carrots
- 1/2 Beet
- 1 Banana
- 1-2 Cups Water, Coconut Water or Milk (can use Almond milk instead or in addition for flavor)
- Cinnamon to taste
- Slice carrots, beet, and banana.
- Put spinach, carrots, beet, banana and water into blender (can use juicer).
- Add cinnamon and protein powder.
- Chop, grate, blend, and liquify.
Vegetable and fruit smoothies are good to drink if you include a balanced amount and the fiber. For instance, I use the apple peeling instead of discarding it. That adds fiber. Another thing I do sometimes is mix a few vegetables together and cook on my griddle. I like to eat my food, not drink it in a shake. Therefore, on the detox diet I’ve drank as much of an eight-ounce shake as I can stand with the gross-tasting powder in it. Then I eat the side of vegetables. Makes me enjoy the meal a little more.
Smoothies and summer go better together I think. When it’s cold, the last thing I want is a shake. But spring is almost here, and summer is coming. Bring on the smoothies!