80% / 20% lifestyle and Green Drink

People always ask me if I eat this healthy all of the time. The answer is no but I choose to most of the time. I am human and I enjoy all food in moderation.  I am not following a specific diet, I just choose to eat as clean and healthy as I can 80% of the time allowing for indulgences about 20% of the time.  I feel so great when I eat this way that I am leaning more towards a 90% / 10% ratio.  This became apparent after eating so well the past couple of weeks and feeling great and full of energy.  Food is fuel. We were out of town all weekend for my son Jackson’s district hockey tournament and ate most of our meals at restaurants. That meant more choices than I have at home, bigger portions, alcohol, desserts and so on….I do not like how I feel when I indulge in food that way.  I feel sick, tired, and very crabby.  My body does not run on junk!

Jackson and I after his game.  They are heading to regions now 🙂

Not all of the weekend was unhealthy.  I still ate  healthy breakfasts, had quality family time, drank my daily water, took my vitamins, slept great, and got in my workouts.  I will focus on the good that I did for my body not the 3 not so healthy meals I had.  I have a choice…..to continue down the path of poor nutrition and sabotage myself or make my next meal a healthy one.  I chose to make my next meal a healthy one by blended up one of my favorite green drinks for dinner tonight.

My ingredients of choice:

1 head romaine

1 large handful of spinach

handful of kale

1 green apple

2 celery stocks

1/2 cucumber

1 lime

1 inch of ginger peeled

1 cup grapes

1/4 to 1/2 cup cilantro

about 1 cup water depending on desired consistency

 

Romaine~romaine lettuce has many benefits.  It is a great source of vitamin A,C, and K and skin and bone strengthening ingredients like calcium, protein, manganese, magnesium, chromium, and potassium.

 

Spinach~contains many vital nutrients to keep our bodies healthy.  Great source of iron, vitamins A,C, E, and K, and folate. It is also great source of fiber

Kale~low in calories and high in fiber, iron, and calcium. Kale is a powerful antioxidant, great anti-inflammatory food, high in Vitamins A, C, and K, and is great for cardiovascular support.

Celery~calms inflammation, regulates body fluids, and balances acidity in the body. It is 95% water, contains many vitamins and minerals, and is high in fiber. It also contains a plant hormone that can be calming to the central nervous system.

Cilantro~it removes harmful metals and mercury from your body. It also contains a high concentration of antioxidants, fiber, iron, magnesium, and manganese.

Cucumber~great source of Vitamin B for energy along with many other vitamins your body needs.  They are made up of 95% water so they keep you body hydrated while helping your body eliminate toxins.

Ginger~improves absorption of essential nutrients in your body, helps maintain normal blood circulation, and has great anti-inflammatory properties.

Lime~low in calories, packed with vitamin C, E, and K, many minerals, and high in fiber. Great for digestion, your skin, and your immune system. Gives the juice great flavor.

Green Apple~packed with fiber, high in Vitamin C, and a great source of anti-oxidants. Sweetens up my smoothie.

Green grapes~packed with vitamins and minerals. adds sweetness to my smoothie

 

Blend the lettuce, kale, and spinach with water about 15 seconds until blended in a high speed blender. Add remaining ingredients starting on level one moving up to level 10 for about 30 seconds. Or if you prefer to juice it, you can.  It will just remove all of the fiber. Personal preference. If I am having it as a meal I prefer it blended so I get full and stay full.

Tips: If you like your drink cold, I suggest adding something frozen.  I used frozen kale in this and at the end I decided to add a little frozen mango.

add any supplements you might like.  I added chia seeds for my omegas and Super Green Drink for even more vitamins and antioxidants.

 

Drink to your health!

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