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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The Aspartame Charade

As seen on MindBodyGreen.com previously…

by, Danielle Stein

Aspartame (commonly known as NutraSweet or Equal) is a very popular artificial sweetener used as a “healthier” substitute for sugar in food products today.

Saying that it is used in food products today is an understatement. This substance is used in FAR more items than you may think. This is where the charade begins.

Before I began my health and wellness journey, I used sweetener packets (aspartame) in my tea, coffee, smoothies, etc. My thought was, I’m not using more than 1-2 packs a day so it’s no big deal.

First off, using even 1-2 packets of a product containing aspartame (artificial sweetener) a day is problematic in itself. The problem gets worse when you look closely at the rest of the food items you’re ingesting. This is where the charade begins.

Why? Because aspartame (artificial sweetener), drum roll please…..is.  in.  everything! To be more specific, it is in over 5,000 products sold today. Some of them may be obvious to you, but others may take you by surprise.’

First, I am going to show you a list of food products that contain this deadly product.

Then, I will explain the effects it can cause you internally and externally.

Last, (here comes the fun part where I stop crushing your dreams of eating tasty food) I am going to give you some delicious, uber healthy (for you internally and externally!) alternatives and recipes that you can use, eat and make instead!

Products that Contain Aspartame:
…Keep in mind this is NOT everything- eek!

  • Sugar-free ice cream
  • Iced tea
  • Jams and jellies
  • Ice cream toppings
  • Fruit spreads
  • Sugar-free ketchup
  • Sugar-free cookies
  • Pudding
  • Nutritional bars
  • Non carbonated diet soft drinks
  • No sugar added pies
  • Flavored water products
  • Chewing gum
  • Vitamins
  • Diet soda
  • Hard candies
  • Instant cocoa mix
  • Flavored syrups and coffee
  • Cereals
  • Breath mints
  • Carbonated soft drinks
  • Maple syrups
  • Meal replacements
  • Powdered soft drinks
  • Protein nutritional drinks
  • Table top sweeteners
  • Vegetable drinks
  • Drinkable yogurt
  • Fat-free yogurt
  • Sugar-free chocolate syrup
  • Sugar-free yogurt

Personally, before I was aware of the dangerous side effects aspartame has, I used to opt for artificial sweetener as a way to keep my weight down as many people do.

Looking at anything artificial as the “healthier” option is where the real problem begins.

Eating foods in their natural state will always be healthier than something made in a lab.

However, not only does aspartame cause carbohydrate cravings (yep, you heard me!) it actually causes you to GAIN weight rather than lose it.

It can cause a whole array of other problems too. And when I say “problems” I mean disasters.

Disasters may include:

  • Weight gain
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Alzheimers
  • Parkinsons
  • ADHD
  • Formaldehyde build up in the brain
  • Frontal lobe inflammation
  • Symptoms that mimic multiple sclerosis
  • Neurologic problems
  • Cognitive problems
  • Cancer
  • Headaches/migraines
  • Dizziness
  • Seizures
  • Nausea
  • Muscle spasms
  • Rashes
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Numbness
  • Irritability
  • Insomnia
  • Vision problems
  • Hearing loss
  • Heart palpitations
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Anxiety attacks
  • Slurred speech
  • Loss of taste
  • Memory loss
  • Joint pain

These things ACTUALLY happen to people. Millions of people consume aspartame every day. Scary as this is, there is a solution!

DITCH THE PROCESSED FOODS, SWITCH TO HEALTHY SWEETENERS.
Healthy sweeteners such as; dried fruit, fruit, stevia leaf, raw honey. The only side effects these natural choices cause are health, wellness and satisfaction.

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Delicious recipes (sweet AND savoury!) can be found on my website at www.yourbreak-through.com or have a look at some of my favorite sites such as, www.ohsheglows.com and www.kimberlysnyder.net. Your taste buds will not be disappointed!

Now that you have this information, you don’t have to be a part of the aspartame charade any longer. You have the facts. You know about the alternatives. Please don’t put yourself at risk any longer, or ever again. So go ahead; make the rest of your life the best of your life!

Pic source: herehere and here.

 

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February Newsletter- What You May Have Missed

Hello gorgeous people!

I have decided to do something a bit out of the ordinary today…

I have attached a copy of my February Newsletter below! It came out a couple days ago, and I know there are a few of you who missed it. Everything is included except the  links attached to all my suggestions, tips and blog posts/recipes. This is a 1-time thing so sign up for my monthly newsletter here so you don’t miss it again. You can also check out my new free newsletter which will come out weekly for the next 8 weeks- starting March 4, 2013. This newsletter will only be available for one time only. My family and I are going through Sarah Wilson’s 8 week program- I Quit Sugar. Follow along and receive all the info, recipes, encouragement and tips.  I will be sharing our struggles, progress and guess what? This program guarantees weight loss and a sense of control over your cravings. You can sign up right here. 

Hope you enjoy the Feb. edition!


Wow, I can not believe February is almost already over. This month has been especially exciting me…

News and Special Announcements:

1. First off, I got engaged! We are looking into a spring wedding next year and I absolutely can not wait.

2. I am back in the States with my family. It is so wonderful being with my loved ones. I absolutely adore spending time with them.

3. I am working on doing a FREE workshop for sorority houses in my family’s new home town –Phoenix, AZ at Arizona State University.

4. This Valentine’s Day I not only spent time with my loving fiancé but I also focused deeply on the love I have for myself and encouraged others to do the same in this article.

5. I am now being featured on the fabulous website http://www.relauncher.com.au (based in Australia)! I have had the pleasure of connecting with the fabulous woman, Alison, who runs Relauncher. She sells some seriously amazing products. Come check out the website and Your Break-Through’s personal page here.

6. I have made the decision (along with my fiancé) to move to Bali, Indonesia for 7 months. June-December. I will be doing a special detox program for those looking for a retreat/vacation as well as getting my yoga teacher’s certification in November.

7. I am working with my whole family on cutting out processed sugar completely. My family is generally a healthy group of people; however, they looove their sugar. As do most people! However; after learning about how toxic and dangerous it is, they have asked me to help them with this while I am home. If we can break the habit, then they will be able to follow through once I am no longer here visiting. I am so proud of them for starting this journey and will be posting all about their struggles and progress on my blog.

*Bonus tips…Things I have been loving*

* Avalon Organics:
Leaves my hair silky smooth without all the nasty toxins and chemicals. Not to mention, they smell so delicious! I am totally in love with the Strengthening Peppermint shampoo and the Shine Ylang Ylang conditioner.

*Butter LONDON Nailpolish:
I have always loved a truly gorgeous bottle of nail polish. Some of my favorite brands used to be Essie and OPI. However, I have recently given them up due to the idea of their extremely toxic ingredients leaching into my bloodstream almost instantly. At first, I didn’t know if I could give them up. Cue Butter nail lacquers to the rescue! Born in London, just as fab, elegant, cutting edge and yes, amazingly shiny as my past favorite lines. The BEST part: their products are formulated without the use of the harmful ingredients like Formaldehyde, Toluene, DBP or Parabens. I won’t go into too much detail here but an example of the dangers can be seen in Formaldehyde: When formaldehyde comes in contact with skin (which is what your nails consist of), it can cause contact dermatitis, blistering, and chemical burns. Exposure to low amounts of formaldehyde may lead to eye, skin and respiratory tract irritation. High levels can cause irregular heartbeat, pulmonary swelling, and even death. Yikes! Solution: Switch to Butter.

* Health Documentaries:
If you live in America, you can find an array of health documentaries on Netflix. Otherwise, you can rent them on iTunes for as little as $2.99 or go to their websites to watch. They’re usually only about an hour long. They are so eye-opening and you will learn SO much. You can start with my 3 faves: Hungry for Change, Forks Over Knives and Food Matters.

*Homemade Face Mask:
~Very inexpensive, effective, oober natural and fun!
Ingredients: Castor Oil, Spirulina (also great in smoothies- more protein than red meat once it’s cooked!) Use equal parts a.k.a. 50/50 ratio of each ingredient (about 1 Tbsp. for 2x people) or until you have a creamy consistency. Spread all over face, leave until dry, clean off with warm towel.

*Homemade Toothpaste:
~Also very inexpensive, effective, oober natural and fun!
Mix equal parts of coconut oil and baking soda. Add natural sweetener (like organic Stevia) and/or a few drops of all natural spearmint or peppermint essential oil for flavor. Mix and keep it in a glass container with a lid in your bathroom. Spoon some out or dip your dry toothbrush into the container!
If you don’t make your own I HIGHLY recommend switching to a fluoride and toxin-free brand.

*Essential Oil instead of Toxic Perfume:
We all must know by now (assuming you’ve been reading top to bottom) that any beauty product that is not organic and natural is toxic and seeps into our bloodstream so quickly. This affects our ability to lose weight and can lead to some pretty nasty side effects on the inside and the outside.
Essential oils smell delicious. My favorites right now are Rose and Vanilla. You can also find natural perfumes from lines like 100% Pure and Origins. Since using these products for a while now, it is amazing to me how toxic and chemically the old products I used smell.

*Cinnamon Apple Spice and Bengal Spice herbal, caffeine-free tea by Celestial:
100% natural, sugar-free and sooo delicious! In my opinion, they taste like a treat.

*100% Pure Makeup and Skincare Line:
I actually use very minimal makeup on a daily basis. If I wear any, it’s concealer under my eyes, mascara and neutral eyeshadow…possibly a little eyeliner. This brand is absolutely FABULOUS and so healthy and PURE you could actually eat it and it wouldn’t harm you (although I don’t know how good it would taste). Another great brand (that I know for sure delivers all over the world so get excited my kiwi and aussie friends!) is Origins. All organic and all smells fantastic. Their makeup and skincare is also so fab. Using these products= zero toxins seeping into your bloodstream (which happens in less than 30 seconds) = easier weight loss, clearer skin, and healthier living overall.
*i Herb
Seriously great if you don’t have access to big health food stores, want to buy in bulk or love ordering online because you don’t have time to shop, etc. Check it out!

Hot off the press from my blog this month:

~ Adequate rest is so important to our health and wellbeing. In fact, it is one of the MOST important aspects. It affects our weight, mood, ability to make rational decisions, and much, much more. See the handbook for getting adequate rest while still achieving your goals without missing a beat.

~Hydration is another KEY point in our health and wellbeing. Read this article to see why and how to spruce up your regular water intake with ZERO calories added.

~Have you ever took a the time to ask yourself where your food is coming from? If not, do you think you should? Read here to see why this is so important.

~ I wrote a special article all about women empowerment. These women were all told they could not achieve their wildest dreams. And boy, did they prove everyone wrong! Read about their biggest accomlishments and enjoy their fabulous, inspirational quotes here.
Let these women be some of our greatest personal role models and never let anyone tell you that you can’t achieve something you’re certain you want. Focus on it, manifest it happening and never give up.

~ I recently read The Alchemist by, Paulo Coelho. This book is so highly renowned. In the book, Coelho introduces the reader into looking at coincidences in a completely new and different way than most people usually see them. What if these “coincidences” weren’t actually coincidences after all? What if it was all happening for a certain reason, perhaps to guide you down a particular path? Read here.

~ Lastly, read here for all the hottest tips concerning Green Smoothies! I am a HUGE green smoothie advocate. In this article I explain all the do’s and don’ts, the how’s and why’s and even provide multiple recipes- including healthy chocolate milkshakes! Read here.

RECIPES
I have a number of new recipes on my website this month. Varying from Sweet, to Savory, to Simple Snacks. All of my recipes are, unless otherwise stated, are created in the comfort of my own kitchen! They will always be meat, gluten, dairy and sugar free making them very healthy. I would also like to add that in no way am I a chef- I like recipes that are simple, reasonably quick and still very delicious. Chances are I won’t make it or eat it if it lacks those 3 qualities. I think you’re going to love them.

Check out…

Homemade Chocolate

Homemade Almond Milk

Banana-Spice Smoothie (complete with a superfood protein component)

Apple-Walnut Bliss Balls (my little sister’s fave)

“Cheezy” Kale Chips

Raw Zucchini Pasta

The Ultimate Zucchini Hummus

Orange-Lemon Ice Cream

Happy February and until next time…

” Everyone has to start somewhere…make the rest of your life the best of your life.”

Danielle xoxo

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