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Healthy Eating Tips
Since we absolutely are what we eat, there is no way we can talk about self-care without talking about food! It is my belief that there isn't one diet or plan that is right for everyone. We each should focus on figuring out what our bodies need for ourselves. I think every eating plan out there agrees on at least this one thing: our bodies need vitamins, minerals, protein, and essential fats. How you choose to get them is up to you, but here's a few tips:
Greens, the more greens the better! They have calcium, zinc, magnesium, and iron. (I try to make every day a Green Smoothie Day!)
Eat regularly, skipping meals doesn't help your metabolism.
Eat breakfast soon after getting up.
Eat all the colors of fruits and veggies, organic if possible or wash thoroughly. Nobody needs to eat pesticides.
Follow the 80/20 rule: 80 percent really good stuff, then don't stress out about the other 20 percent. More good stuff in, less bad stuff in!
Enjoy your food and be thankful for it!
It's OK to go in increments, and upgrade your nutrition in steps. make a healthier choice and another and another.
I feel best when eating light and fresh! I do eat meat, but try for only once per day.
Some of the benefits of Green Smoothies are:
Whole food nutrition from the fruits and veggies you choose, better than juice because you get fiber as well.
You can get your veggies in without even noticing the taste of the veggies since they are covered by the flavors of the fruit.
They are easy and inexpensive to make with a few basic ingredients and a blender.
Since they have fruits and veggies, green smoothies give you longer lasting energy than just eating fruit.
Green smoothies are low calorie, filling and hydrating
So let's get started! You will need:
Greens - baby spinach (best for beginners), or juicing greens" mix, kale, turnip greens
Fruit - I always use at least half a banana for sweetness, berries, pineapple, apple, peaches, mango, etc... Frozen fruit is fine for the convenience factor and to make it nice and cold.
Liquid - milk (almond is my favorite but coconut and cashew are other options), juice, or water
A blender or Ninja
Optional - protein powder, yogurt, oats to be more filling, or a superfood like Spirulina
I use 1 cup of greens, half a banana, 1 cup of other fruit, cover with liquid and blend on high until smooth. Enjoy!
Ashley at Renew Skin Center