When you're on the go most of your day it can be difficult to get enough nutrients into your diet. This has been my life for the past two weeks, and will continue to be so for the next three months. Thus… the perfectly appropriate situation for the green smoothie.
My husband and I are on our O.E. Three and half months of roaming the world from Mexico to North America (currently in NY), then on to England, France, Italy, Greece, and finally three weeks in India. In many ways, Luke and I call it our ‘World Food Tour’. I’ll keep you posted on our delectable discoveries before we fly back to London in August where we’ll settle and try at life there.
One thing I have been struck by while being away from New Zealand is how common it is to fill ourselves up with food that doesn't sustain us or add value to our health - toast for breakfast, sandwiches for lunch, pasta or rice for dinner. A few vegetables may be added to these meals here and there, but not enough to create ample energy or promote gastric health.
One major benefit of adding abundant vegetables to our diets is their ability to create energy for the body. This is something Luke and I have been thinking about as we trot around the globe to a state of utter exhaustion. By ensuring every meal (or at least two a day) consists of two good handfuls of vegetables, you’re on the road to sufficient energy creation. Here are a few ideas for how to add vegetables to your meals. At breakfast time you might have a handful of spinach, quarter of an avocado, and half a cup of mushrooms alongside eggs and bacon. Lunchtime is again visited by a handful of spinach, tomato, cucumber, roasted pumpkin, and perhaps some grated carrot. When dinner comes around I usually love to eat steamed broccoli and cauliflower, or roasted vegetables in winter. With this menu you’ve actually consumed closer to six handfuls of vegetables, which only increases the amount of energy you could obtain from your veges. Vegetables also encourage good gut enzymes to break down food well.
Although it has been difficult to make our own smoothies while moving from hotels to Air Bnb apartments, and back again, we have managed to consume a few of these delicious beverages. This is my particular favourite concoction. I hope you enjoy it too!
- 1 cup spinach, washed
- 1/4 avocado, peeled
- 1/4 cucumber, cut in batons
- 1 Tbsp chia seeds
- 1/2 Tbsp ground flaxseed
- 1/2 kiwi fruit, peeled
- 1 cup chilled water
- squeeze of lemon juice
- 3 ice cubes
- Place all ingredients in a blender and blitz until smooth, usually around 3 minutes (depending on the quality of blender).
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