[dropcap background_color=”#FFFFFF” color=”#0F0F0F” size=”400″]2[/dropcap]016 is upon us and so is our resolutions. I hope this Green Smoothie will inspire to a more balanced lifestyle in many ways. I believe a lot starts with a balanced diet. I would like to focus on the word “balanced diet” vs “healthy diet”. I don’t believe the word healthy brings a good vibe, but rather guilt, pressure and stress. A balanced diet refers to eating what you want- when you want, but in moderate amounts. As long as you have some knowledge around nutrition, common sense and a good, decent amount of appetite you don’t have anything to worry about. Remember that your body will be with you for the rest of your life- so treat it well.
I’m not one to make new years resolutions, but I know many people are. I know for a fact that most of the resolutions involves healthy eating and exercising, which is a great resolution to have, as long as it doesn’t result in guilt and bad thoughts.
It’s been a while since I’ve mentioned any nutritional benefits in this blog, so I feel like it’s time to do that again, to share some of the knowledge that is needed to obtain a balanced lifestyle.
[blockquote_sty ver=”2″ border_size=”1px” color=”#868A08″]This Green Smoothie is a smoothie I always go to when I feel i need a little “pick-me-up” or need a boost in my vegetable intake. This is a very simple smoothie with a few ingredients. A green smoothie is not something to mess around with- for a long time I struggled hard with making a good green smoothie. The always turned out weird and exactly how they looked- unappetizing, but not this time. This green smoothie has a sweet, deliious flavour and has a lovely and creamy texture, with only 4 ingredients![/blockquote_sty]
This Green Smoothie has four ingredients; avocado, spinach, dates and milk.
Avocado has the good kind of fat that creates the smooth, lovely texture and the amazing flavor. Using avocado in cooking is a great way to create and enhance flavor. Avocado is also rich in vitamine B, potassium, folate and a good source to dietary fibre.
Spinach is one of the best leafy vegetables out there. This will for sure keep your immune system up and running. It is full of dietary fibre, vitamine A/B/C/E/K, potassium, copper and magnesium. Spinach doesn’t have much taste, which makes it a perfect ingredient for smoothies and healthy desserts.
Dates is a very versatile fruit. This little fruit can be used in everything from savory to sweet dishes. Dates has a high amount of sugar, but luckily for us this is all natural sugars. When we eat natural sugars like dates or even honey, we get a lot of vitamines and minerals to go with it, which is great for us. The problem with refined sugar is, well, that it is refined- we only eat the sugar and our blood sugar goes wild. We want to avoid this, so a good substitute for refined sugar is natural sugars from fruit and honey.
For this recipe you can use the type of milk that you prefer- everything from cows milk to almond milk. I’m very fond of the coconut milk I get from my super market (Not canned coconut milk, but a coconut milk made for drinking). I find it makes a sweet, nice taste to my smoothies. Make sure the milk type you chose has natural or added calcium as this is one of the most important things we need to get enough of. Calcium make sure our bones are strong and healthy, something everyone needs- especially women! So whether you are vegan, have milk allergies, lactose intolerance or for some reason don’t drink any milk, make sure you get your calcium intake from somewhere else- or make sure the milk you are fortified with calcium.
1 Big handful spinach
6 Fresh dates, stone removed
2-3 Decilitre milk
Direction: Remove the stone from the dates and mix everything in a blender. Serve straight away!