Today marks the first day of 2016 and you’re certainly not alone if you are interested in making improvements your health this year. I’m in the same boat! Even though I’ve been studying nutrition for over a decade, I still learn something new every day that often results in a tweak to my lifestyle. That’s the fun/challenging/fascinating part, honestly, when I get to experiment on myself and monitor the changes.
Something I learned in 2015 is that I have an MTHFR gene mutation that makes it more difficult for my body to utilize folate necessary for tons of important chemical reactions. It’s an emerging area of research in functional medicine and I’m no expert, but the bottom line is that my body works a lot better when I eat folate-rich foods, especially leafy greens.
I think this understanding about my unique make-up helps explain why green smoothies have made a huge difference in my energy levels and overall nutritional status, and why I’ve been happily enjoying one almost daily for the last 3+ years. I’d venture to say that green smoothies have gone mainstream and many people probably experience benefits for some of the same or similar reasons as I do.
One of my favorite resources that has developed from the smoothie trend has been the Instagram account– turned-best-selling-book Simple Green Smoothies: 100+ Tasty Recipes to Lose Weight, Gain Energy, and Feel Great in Your Body by Jen Hansard and Jadah Sellner.
I was sent this book from the publisher for review, and I’m thrilled to say that it’s a masterpiece of recipes, hints for both novice and expert smoothie-makers, and gorgeous photography (the photos in the book and in this post are credited to Lindsey Johnson):
I’m featuring one recipe from the book today, along with a giveaway for one lucky reader (entry link at the end of this post). The recipe is called Beginner’s Luck and Jen and Jadah write, “We’re kicking off this rawkstar party with our all-time favorite recipe. Yes, this is the best green smoothie recipe we’ve ever created, and we still wake up craving it after all these years! Ready for your first delicious plant-powered green smoothie? May today be the beginning of a new phase in your life – where health and happiness take center stage.”
This is the perfect smoothie to start with because it’s so easy and the ingredients can be fresh, frozen, or a mix of both:
- 2 cups spinach
- 2 cups water
- 1 cup chopped mango*
- 1 cup chopped pineapple*
- 2 bananas*
- *Use at least one frozen fruit to make a cold green smoothie.
- Blend the spinach and water until smooth.
- Add the mango, pineapple, and bananas and blend again.
See what I mean? So easy! And, I wasn’t kidding about this book being a masterpiece. I adore how inviting it is, inclusive to those with food allergies and sensitivities (all the recipes are dairy- and gluten-free), and just plain fun to read.
Want to win your own copy? This giveaway is open to anyone over the age of 18 with an address within the continental U.S. One winner will be selected at random on 1/6/16, all entries will be verified:
Other info relevant to this post:
- I loved hearing Jen and Jadah interviewed on The Balanced Bites podcast. Smart ladies all around!
- If you’re in the market for a high-speed blender, check out my review of the Blendtec Stealth. It’s my baby and I worship it, ha.
- Lastly, you might want to check out my green smoothie recipes, all vegan, free, and easily printable to help get you started.
Much love and wishes for a healthy start to the New Year!!!
— Carrie Forrest, MPH (@carrieonliving) January 1, 2016
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