Green Vegetable Smoothie!? {why & how they are important to eat}

"Your going to drink WHAT!?!" - Katie

"Kale, celery, tomato paste, beet smoothie" - Gwen

Hey you guys! So we have been massively inspired by Dr. Greger of NutritionFacts.org to start incorporating more vegetables into our diet in the form of a smoothie... a pure veggie smoothie.. no fruit, no sweetness... actually it is spicy and savory!

Why the heck would we do this you may ask? And is it even worth it? Watch this video where Gwen explains his philosophy about it all.. because if you guys know gwen, you know that he HATES smoothies that do not taste amazing.. and by that,, if they are not sweet he doesn't like them.. so when he told me he was going to start making smoothies with celery and tomato paste.. I wanted to know exactly what motivated him to this choice.. because I know how much he hates celery!! lol.

Ok, so now that you understand (or maybe you don't because his analogy was pretty strange) why he drinks this thing.. we can move on to what it is ingredient wise and where we got the recipe.

If you guys are not sick of hearing us talk about Dr. Greger that is good, because we are not going to stop until the evidence and science prove otherwise.. which probably isn't going to happen because he is the ONLY one on YouTube making this type of easy to understand nutritional advice that is actually evidence based..

Ok so just about 10 days ago he posts this video, which is not only funny but way out of his normal style... however it is quite powerful because it shows just how easy it is to eat better.. even for us who consider ourselves to eat really well.

There is always room for improvement with nutrition!

Watch the video and you will see..

Also find the recipe here on his website! 

When you think of "eating healthy" what does that actually mean to you?

Everyone was raised differently and has a different way of looking at the world and this means a very different way of thinking what healthy is.

I know that I grew up in a house where we ate microwave pasta dishes for dinner to save time and money, so eating healthy to us meant adding a small salad to our meal... which doesn't really even begin to help when we didn't change the base of our diet..

What we have found to be really helpful is Dr. Greger's Daily Dozen Checklist foods. 

For all you out there (who may be like I was once upon a time) who are curious as to which foods to focus our diet on to get the most health benefits, feel the best, loose excess weight and perform at our best.. this video or app, is amazing!

When you start to eat more plant-based the easiest thing to do is just eliminate the meat or dairy from your diet without really replacing it with anything.. this is a recipe for disaster because it leaves you with no foundation to get calories in!

We solve this by basing our diet on what we call the 3 & 3.

Essentially, 3 main groups to get our calories in, and then 3 groups to get our micro-nutrients in. 

OUR 3 CALORIE SOURCES

  1. Beans/lentils/peas like black beans, chickpeas, green peas, red-lentils, etc)
  2. Whole-grains like oatmeal/barley/quinoa, rice, etc. 
  3. Starchy Veggies like potatoes, sweet potatoes, yams, squashes

We then focus on making our diet packed with micronutrients while adding flavor! This is where we get the bulk of our vitamins, minerals, phytochemical, antioxidants, flavonoids and the like.

3 MICRO-NUTRIENT SOURCES

  1. Leafy Greens & other veggies, like spinach, kale, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, cabbage, mushrooms, peppers.. those are our favorites
  2. Berries & other Fruit, like Blueberries, Strawberries, cherries, bananas, apples, 
  3. Nuts & Seeds.. we focus on walnuts & flaxseeds because they are the most healthful, but of course we enjoy our Nuttzo, Skout Pumpkin seeds, almonds, chia seeds, etc.

We found that we love the daily dozen checklist to get people started, but once you get the hang of it, people do better by simplifying it even more. And that is what we do with our 3 & 3. As long as you get into a habit of eating beans, grains and potatoes every day to fill you up, you can then just form the rest of the meals around the 3 minor-nutrinet sources to add variety and taste.

THE ISSUE IS IT IS HARD TO FIT ALL THOSE FOODS INTO MY DAILY MEALS WITHOUT GETTING TOO FULL

THIS IS WHERE THE VEGETABLE SMOOTHIE COMES IN!

We simply get into our routine and eat in a way we love, but we want to eat more of the random things we don't have space for in our diet, and that is why we started making the veggie smoothies. 

It is easier to drink them all than it is to eat them.. when you blend things into a drink your body doesn't even realize it is EATING.. so it is a trick! But it can also work against you if you drink other liquid calories that are high in calories and low in nutrients like soda, fruity juices, and even smoothies.. depending on your situation and how much weight you want to lose, you may want to avoid those sweet beverages and focus on this veggie beverage because it is LOW IN CALORIES AND HIGH IN NUTRIENTS!

 

So that is it folks, have a HEALTHY HAPPY THANKSGIVING..

Looking for healthy but delicious plant-based recipes for tomorrow?

This is what we are making tonight, and she has so many other recipes that are perfect for the holidays!