The How-To and Why of Green Smoothies + 5 Recipes to Get You Started

by, Danielle Stein

I am a huge green smoothie advocate. They have seriously changed my life.  I have one green smoothie (or one green juice -but today we’re all about smoothies) almost every single day.

They make me feel amazing, hydrated and energized.

It is important to line your stomach with something alkaline before you eat any meal and especially first thing in the morning. It helps with digestion which is the key to a healthy weight.

I truly can not put enough emphasis on how amazing they are for you and how great they make you feel.

I know green smoothies can be intimidating at first, but let me try and make it a tad easier for you with some tips, advice, recipes & by explaining the glorious benefits you will receive inside and out.

Benefits will include all of the following:

  • Glowing skin
  • Clear skin
  • Enhanced energy
  • Reduced stress
  • Hydration
  • More servings of veggies in 1 smoothie (if you do it right) than many people get in an entire day! Greens are the #1 food missing in most people’s diets today. After drinking them for a few weeks, you’re likely to crave them and other forms of greens too.
  • Alkalinity in your blood system and body
  • Nutrients, minerals and vitamins practically shooting straight into your bloodstream (almost as fast as fresh juice).  The more we chew food the easier it is to digest and obtain the nutritional value. The problem is, many of us don’t take the time to chew as long as we should.  I am guilty on numerous occasions! In this case, the blender does it for you!
  • Fiber. Green smoothies (vs. green juice) are a complete food- they still obtain fiber which is important for our elimination process.

Ingredient advice:

  • Banana masks the flavor of almost any veggie concoction
  • Ratio should be 3/4 veggies, 1/4 fruit
  • Adding lemon juice adds fantastic fresh flavor and is detoxifying
  • Use either filtered water, coconut water or coconut/almond/cashew, etc. milk for a base
  • Cilantro and parsley pull toxins out of the body
  • Coconut oil, coconut meat, avocado and almond/cashew/brazil nut butters are great for energy as they are great sources of healthy fats and will keep you fuller for longer. They also make for a great milkshake a.k.a. a creamier, dreamier smoothie!

For best results:

  • Blend your leafy greens (kale, spinach, romaine lettuce, etc.) with the liquid of your choice first so you have a juice-like consistency then add the harder bits after that.
  • The more you blend your veggies…
  1. the more chlorophyll you’re releasing. “Consuming chlorophyll is like receiving a healthy blood transfusion.” –Dr. Ann Wigmore
  2. the more of the greens and fruits’ cells will be ruptured– releasing their valuable vitamins and nutrients and making it easily absorbed in the body.
  3. the smoother your smoothie will be- which will make it easier to digest and more delicious.
  • Add ice for a refreshing, icy cold experience right away. (Or place in freezer for 15-20 minutes.)
  • You can keep your smoothies in the fridge for up to 3 days if you are short for time, but drinking them fresh is the most nutritious.

Recipes:

* The Green Goddess

  • Fill the blender to the top with romaine lettuce and spinach (half and half)
  • 3 celery stalks
  • Parsley to taste (a handful is good)
  • ½ an apple
  • ½ ripe banana (bananas that are green-ish and without any spots will be acidic instead of the intended alkaline pH when digested.)
  • ½ cup of filtered water.

* Creamiest Green Smoothie

  • 1 apple
  • 1/2 pear
  • 1/2 banana
  • 3 handfuls spinach
  • 3 stalks celery
  • ½ small (Lebanese) cucumber
  • ½ cup filtered water
  • ½ avocado

*Nutty Chocolate Green Smoothie

  • 1Tbsp. almond butter
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk (Preferably homemade. See my recipe here.  )
  • 2 Tbsp. cacao powder (can be found at health food stores)
  • 2 big handfuls of spinach

*Creamy Chocolate Green Milkshake

  • ½ cup unsweetened almond milk- find recipe here.
  • 1 banana
  • 4 handfuls spinach
  • 1 packet organic stevia
  • 2 Tbsp. Cacao powder
  • ½ avocado

*Superfood Green Smoothie

  • 1 tsp. spirulina (70% complete protein. More than steak which only contains 25% once cooked! Especially perfect for vegans; can be found at health food stores.)
  • 2 Tbsp. desiccated, unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 Tbsp. organic, virgin coconut oil
  • 1 packet organic stevia
  • 1/2 apple
  • 1/2 ripe banana
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 stalks kale leaves
  • 2 stalks celery

*The Refresher

  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 1 Lebanese cucumber
  • 3/4 apple
  • 3 big handfuls of spinach

For more pics of  delicious green smoothies and milkshakes find me on Instagram @_daniellestein_.

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Please Get Enough Zzz’s + Tips to Get the Best Night’s Sleep

by, Danielle Stein

Not only is proper rest one of the most important aspects of health and wellness, it is also the most overlooked. It’s important for our health, beauty, vitality and overall wellbeing. I hate to break it to you, but without adequate rest, you may as well throw all of your other good habits out the window!

If you’re the kind of person who takes pride in the fact that you can function off little or no sleep, I’m here to adjust your ego.

Some of the downfalls of being tired include…

  • Being more susceptible to making poor choices, especially when it comes to food- think compulsive eating!
  • Storing fat/weight gain because our adrenals are fatigued.
  • Releasing cortisol which is the stress hormone.  This hormone also causes weight gain and oily skin.

We also become irritable and let’s face it, not such a pleasure to be around and our immune system is actually weakened. Our health is one of the only things each and every one of us has complete control over. Don’t jeopardize it by simply not getting enough rest. I don’t count calories and certainly don’t recommend it, but FYI;  you burn 150 per hour when you’re asleep.

Aim for at least 8 hours per night and try to make sure you’re sound asleep between 11 pm & 4 am (as they are the most crucial for deep slumber).

Some more dangers of not getting enough Zzz’s=

  • Impaired cognition
  • Higher risk of stroke
  • Higher risk of heart disease
  • Increased risk of breast cancer
  • Higher risk of diabetes
  • Higher risk of hypertension

Tips to getting a good night sleep=

I have personally experimented with all of these…and they work.

– Leave all electronic devices outside of the bedroom. Exposure to electronics up to an hour before bedtime not only messes with our internal clock but it sucks up all of our melatonin (the sleep hormone)!

– Start winding down an hour before bed. Read, journal, do some yoga…relax.

– Try not to drink too much water after dinnertime. You will constantly be getting up to use the bathroom if you do.

– If you do drink coffee/caffeinated beverages don’t drink them past 3 pm.

– Make a to-do list for the next day prior to trying to fall asleep so your mind doesn’t wander.

– Create a space that is soothing and relaxing. Personally, I have a hard time sleeping if my bedroom is a mess.

-Don’t spend too much time in your bedroom unless you are getting ready to go to sleep. Your bedroom should be for sleeping and getting dressed, it shouldn’t be your number 1 hangout spot. Treating it this way will trigger relaxation as soon as you walk in the room.

-Exercise earlier in the day (or at least 4 hours prior to when you would like to go to sleep). Otherwise, you will be wide awake due to the heightened level of your body heat.

Now you can start getting enough Zzz’s and you don’t have to be subjected to any of these potential downfalls.

If you feel that you need personalized assistance regarding your health and wellbeing, please don’t hesitate to contact me to schedule a complimentary consultation

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