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 Benefits Of “Getting Healthy” May Go Further Than You Think

by, Danielle Stein

In the media today, proper nutrition is seen as something that is necessary to be “healthy”, right? But what does this mean? What is “health” and what is it all about? Today, I want to take a moment and write to you about WHY getting healthy is not only about “looking good”, “beating cancer” or “avoiding diabetes”.  It is about SO much more than that. For some, those things are not enough. Maybe you like the way you look and you’re comfortable with your weight- that is fabulous! Perhaps cancer and other diseases seem unrealistic at this point in your life and you don’t want to live your life looking into the future, but in the present moment and that’s OK too! However, what you may not realize is just how much you can be affected by proper nutrition and wellness; A.K.A. taking care of yourself. The list below demonstrates this and I welcome you to take a read so that you have all the info. You may be surprised by some of the outcomes that are listed.

Benefits to “getting healthy” include, but are not limited to:

  • Skin that glows
  • Whiter/brighter eyes
  • Healthier gums
  • Whiter teeth
  • Improved levels of collagen elastin (a.k.a. less wrinkles, wrinkle prevention)
  • Cleared acne (leaving you with more time to sleep in the morning/a shorter makeup routine)
  • More energy
  • A clearer mind (leaving you with more success in life)
  • Lower levels of stress
  • Improved cognitive function &  focus
  • Improved digestion
  • Improved recovery rates from work outs, illnesses & physical ailments
  • A stronger immune system
  • Higher levels of self-esteem
  • Higher levels of self-worth
  • Reversed infertility
  • Ability to be more grateful & appreciate life
  • Intuitively understand what foods your body wants/needs
  • Control cravings
  • Control PMS symptoms
  • Control your daily mood
  • Oh yeah, and you’ll save money on doctor’s bills and can spend that money on smaller jeans. 😉

There truly are so many benefits to “getting healthy”. This is a list of only some of the main effects of taking care of yourself with proper nutrition. As you can see, they’re pretty much endless! What’s stopping you? Make the rest of your life, the best of your life, starting today! 

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DIY: Body Butter

In our society today, vanity is the number one source of drive when it comes to being “healthy”. While in some instances this is OK, it is also very unfortunate for many reasons. First, people don’t take the time to think about the consequences of not only what is going into their body, but what is going on it as well.

Chemicals used to produce most beauty care products (this ranges anywhere from body lotion, perfume, makeup, sunscreen, deodorant- you name it) are incredibly toxic and harmful to our bodies. Yeah, yeah, yeah…it doesn’t make you ugly or fat so who cares right? I know that’s what some of you are thinking. However, it’s actually proven that they can and they do. Allowing toxic chemicals to be applied onto your skin only takes a mere 26 seconds until it reaches your bloodstream. The toxic chemicals are inside of you in the blink of an eye, screwing around with your internal system. Did you know these toxins can actually make you unable to lose weight? Can cause acne and on a more internal level- cancer and other diseases too? It’s true.

I haven’t always, but now I choose beauty products that are organic (as in, if I ate them- I would be just fine). However, not only can these products be super pricey, but they aren’t always as “natural” and “organic” as they claim. Big industries can get away with A LOT. So therefore, as of lately, I ADORE making my own. It’s so inexpensive, fun, a great creative outlet and you get to make it feel and smell exactly they way you want to.

Above you’ll see the recipe for Do It Yourself Body Butter. (Plus, you also need 2 teaspoons of distilled water.) See full ingredient list, benefits and method below.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp. Beeswax
  • 2 Tbsp. Olive Oil
  • 1 Tbsp. Sesame Oil
  • 1/2 cup She Butter
  • 10 drops doTERRA Tangerine essential oil
  • 2 tsp. distilled water 

I used Tangerine essential oil, but please feel free to use your preference.

A few benefits of the ingredients include:

  • Beeswax: Locks in moisture, protects skin from environmental factors, softens the skin
  • Olive oil: Used as an ancient remedy for skin care in Egypt, it is anti-aging because of its high levels of antioxidants, improves acne
  • Shea Butter: Helps to heal damaged skin, intensely moisturizes, helps restore elasticity (a.k.a. wrinkle prevention & anti-aging), soothes eczema & psoriasis, soothes rashes and although it doesn’t replace a strong sunscreen it helps protect from the sun
  • Sesame oil: Holds moisture in to keep your skin hydrated 
  • Tangerine essential oil by doTERRA: improves circulation, helps maintain the oil and moisture balance in the skin

Method:

  • To make it, a glass double boiler is best to melt and mix everything together. However, a normal pot will work. Just leave it on low heat, watch it carefully and stir consistently so it doesn’t burn.
  • Melt the beeswax with the water first then gradually blend in the remaining ingredients. 
  • Pour the mixture into preferred container and let it cool. Once it cools it will harden and be ready to use. Give it at least 40 minutes, maybe a little longer.

The texture is heavenly and the results are fabulous- I know from experience.

If you need to buy any of these ingredients you can order them with doTERRA here (such an amazing company that I am so proud to be affiliated with).

Have fun!

xoxo, Danielle

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Rules of Thumb about Fruit

by, Danielle Stein

We all ♥ fruit! It is healthy, delicious and nutritious. What could be bad? Fruit is definitely all of these things; however, you need to be aware of its side affects when used inappropriately!

Rule of thumb #1:
Only eat fruit on an empty stomach! Fruit digests faster than any other food. Usually about 20 minutes (more like 40 minutes for a banana). If you eat fruit after any other food (vegetables, starchy vegetables, starches, protein, fats, etc.) the other food you have eaten will be stuck in a “traffic jam” behind the fruit! And because it is stuck in this “traffic jam” it will ferment and you will not get any of the nutrients and possibly a sore or gassy tummy. Fruit must be eaten first or in between meals as a snack and only when you are hungry, of course.

Rule of thumb #2:
Only eat 2-3 servings of fruit a day. How much is one serving? Usually one piece.
Fruit has lots of nutritional value, but because of this fact people sometimes think they can eat as much as they want of it. This rule of eating however much you want of something really only applies for green vegetables (broccoli, spinach, kale, bok choy, etc.). Fruit is full of fructose (a.k.a. fruit/”good” sugar, but it is sugar nonetheless) and eating too much can and will make you gain weight and throw your body out of whack. Stick to 2-3 servings! Remember that if you have a green smoothie in the morning with fruit in it it can count for 2 servings depending on how much fruit you have put in.

Rule of thumb #3:
This relates back to Rule of thumb #1…
Fruit for dessert is not a good idea! Why? Because your body will not be able to digest it properly and will ferment, basically rot your dinner/ the food you ate beforehand in your tummy. And we all know what happens when we can’t digest things properly….fat storage and sore tummy occurs. No thank you! Try my homemade chocolate recipes  for dessert instead- just not fruit unless it has been a good 3 or 4 hours after your meal and we are sure you have fully digested everything!

 Otherwise, enjoy and savor the scrumptious fruit you have chosen for today! And don’t worry, fruit isn’t going anywhere, you can have more tomorrow! 🙂

Side Note: I am not saying you have to follow these rules to the tee for the rest of your life! I am just giving you the facts so you can make informed decisions from now on. And yes, eating dessert with fruit is still better than something with sugar in it- but facts are facts! xoxo

For personalized guidance with your health and wellness, I invite you to contact me today so we can schedule your complimentary consultation.

 

 

Pic Sources: here, here, here, here and here.

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.

 

For personalized assistance with your health and nutrition, contact me today to schedule a free consultation.

17 Diet Changes: Eating for Clarity and a Healthy Waistline

How to: The Productive, Lazy Day

by, Danielle Stein

It sounds like an oxymoron, I know. But trust me; this is the best kind of a day a person can make happen for themselves.

Rest is one of the most important aspects of health and wellness. Without this, 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.  When we’re tired we are more susceptible to making poor choices (especially when it comes to food). We store fat and gain weight (our adrenals are fatigued).  More sleep = You will look better! When you’re sleep deprived you release more cortisol which is the stress hormone.  This hormone 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.  And I don’t like to count calories but FYI- you burn 150 per hour when you sleep.

On the other hand, I know it can be hard to simply do nothing all day.

That is why I have created this little handbook full of tips on how to accomplish the restful, productive day with flying colors!

The Handbook- 20 tips to guide you through it:

1. Ditch the caffeine and start your day with a cup of warm water with half the juice of a lemon and 1 tsp. of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar. Starting your day this way sets you up for good digestion, boosts your metabolism and will make your liver very thankful. It’s also extremely hydrating and alkalizing unlike caffeine which will dehydrate you and is very acidic. We want to be as hydrated and our pH levels to be as alkaline as possible first thing in the morning. Caffeine also exhausts our liver and increases our levels of cortisol which can lead to an inability to eliminate toxins or efficiently burn fat.  Yikes!

2. Drink clean, filtered water all day. Preferably with lemon. Room temperature or warm is preferable so your body doesn’t have to waste any of your energy warming it up before it can be beneficial. It will also purge you of toxins and increase elimination. And don’t forget, hydration is the key to vitality and health. After all, we are made of 75% water. Bored of regular water? Try my infused water suggestions! Click here.

3. Have a green juice and/or green smoothie for breakfast.

3. Take deep breathes, meditate or simply sit and focus on the breath for at least 1-5 minutes.

4. Relax. Lay on the couch and get comfy! Sit in silence, watch your favorite movie or read.

5. Skip the sugar and drink herbal tea throughout the day (with stevia if you have a big sweet tooth).  They are filled with antioxidants and very satisfying. My favorite right now is peppermint or vanilla. If it’s too hot outside for tea; simply make a big batch and place in fridge for a refreshing drink instead.

6. Write down a few affirmations on a sticky note and place them on the fridge, bathroom mirror, and /or wherever you will see them frequently. Look at them throughout the day and repeat out loud to yourself. One of my favorites is, “Take action, live with purpose, be grateful”.  It helps keep me motivated.

7. Snack on activated walnuts. They’ll satisfy you as well as provide you with brain power. Walnuts are a prehistoric food. They contain omega 3 fatty acids (which are usually found in fish sources such as salmon). For this reason they are known as “Brain Food”. They literally help stimulate brain and nervous system function. Ever notice they actually look like a brain??? 🙂

8. Read articles from blogs that you find inspiring.

9. Chew! Chewing is essential for optimal digestion and therefore for a healthy weight and waistline. Try chewing each bite 30 times as a goal. Since you’re having such a relaxing day, you can surely make more of an effort towards this today. Chew, chew and chew some more.

10. Be in a peaceful place while you’re eating each meal today; physically and mentally. You should make an effort for this every day, but today is the day to be more conscious of it since you’re making all the rules.

11. Make a list of your 3 Big Goals and 3 Small Goals, as of right now.

12. Feeling creative? Make a vision board. Use magazines or the internet to make a collage of images that remind you of your most important goals and dreams. Look at this board every day. Visualize these goals happening. This is proven to be very powerful. Oprah actually uses this strategy- Hello, Forbes Magazine!

13. Light some incense. My favorite at the moment is white sage.

14. Have a fresh juice with carrot, beetroot, celery, ginger and lemon. It will give you an energy boost and is super delicious. Perfect for a snack and if you want to do some productively, lazy reading or studying on the couch.

15. Take a bath and really spoil yourself by using the works. Aromatherapy, bath bubbles, bath salts, candles (non toxic: soy wax, beeswax, vegetable wax won’t fill your lungs with toxins) – all apply!

16. Do some light exercise if you’re up to it. Connect with nature by walking barefoot on the grass or beach (also great for getting your daily dose of Vitamin D), do some yoga or simply stretch. Endorphins will surface and lift your spirit even higher.

17. Take a nap..and don’t feel guilty about it.

18. Try making a new, healthy recipe you’ve been wanting to try out for dinner. You have the time! Here’s a picture of my recipe for Zucchini Pasta. Click here to try it!

19. Laugh. Talk on the phone with your best friend or watch a funny movie/TV show. Laughing is good for the soul and will actually put you in a good (or better) mood.

And finally…

20. Put some lavender oil on your temples for a calming, relaxing sensation. Plus, it smells fantastic.

By following these tips you will be constantly relaxed while growing further towards your goals at the same time. Let me know how it goes!

For personalized guidance with your health and wellness, I invite you to contact me today so we can schedule your complimentary consultation.