I first started making smoothies back in 2011, while working in America. At this point, I was desperate for anything that would help my stomach adjust to my American diet. I think I had been living in Virginia for about three months when I got sick and boy did I get sick! (I will spare you the details.) I was embarrassed to tell my family that was hosting me exactly what the problem was. I was confused, scared, in pain and just down right uncomfortable. The weirdest part was that I was eating a lot more healthy home cooked meals than I had been in South Africa. My American family that I lived with were fairly healthy and I even picked up some good habits from them.
I went to see the Doctor and she confirmed that my stomach was battling to adjust to my foreign diet. She explained that I needed to include a lot more fiber in my diet and prescribed some medication that would help me get instant relief. The medication did work, but it was not very long until I started to feel uncomfortable again. Thinking back as I write this blog, there could have been a number of other factors that contributed to my condition. Although one difference I can remember is that we eat a whole lot more cooked vegetables in South Africa than I did in the U.S. We also have access to much more fresh fruits at a reasonable price.
With the help of my family and a book I had purchased by clinical nutritionist Kimberley Snyder, I set out to make a change and find a long term solution. The first thing I changed after reading Beauty Detox Solution was my morning routine. I would start my day with a big mug of hot water and freshly squeezed lemon juice, followed by my glowing green smoothie (GGS). Within a few days, I began to feel much better and my stomach started to digest food a whole lot better. I would prep and freeze the smoothie in containers so that in the mornings I would have no excuses, just grab my GGS out the fridge and start my day.
Since then I have learned much more about wellness and paying attention to my body’s needs. I have discovered other smoothie and juice recipes that are packed with great benefits (I will be sure to share more here on my blog.) My goal is to make small changes each day that will help improve my health, help me feel better and make me beautiful from within. I am far from perfect when it comes to my health but my motto is: “everything in moderation.”
GLOWING GREEN SMOOTHIE
1 to 2 cups filtered water
1 head cos lettuce, chopped
2 hand full baby spinach
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 green apple, cored and chopped
1 pear, cored and chopped
1 banana, peeled and chopped
Juice of ½ organic lemon, freshly squeezed
1/3 bunch parsley, stems okay
- Add the water, chopped lettuce and spinach to the blender and blend starting on a lower speed.
- Now add celery, apple, pear, and parsley – if using and blend gradually increasing the speed.
- Lastly, add banana and lemon juice and blend until smooth. Serve immediately or refrigerate covered, for up to 2 maximum 3 days.
This, like pretty much any smoothie, is adaptable. If you want it sweeter add some pineapple instead of pear. Feel free to use any fruits that are in season! I sometimes use kale instead of spinach – I get my kale from Woolworths or my local farmers’ market and occasionally from Fruit and Veg City. Check out Kimberly’s website for the original GGS recipe.http://kimberlysnyder.com/blog/ggs/
What inspired you to start making smoothies and Juices? Please comment below.
Thank you for reading, Kisses.