I’ve had some requests for recipes and idea’s for healthy meals. So here’s what I had for breakfast this morning. It’s a basic 4 step process and is well worth it. The thing is eating cardboard flakes out of a box will pretty much help you to get into a box sooner than you’d like. Translation: breakfast cereals are dead, processed to the hilt, sugar laden, denatured food that I wouldn’t even bother feeding to my dog (if I had one).
This smoothie is alive and kicking ( I know it doesn’t have legs but maybe the living enzymes are kicking). It is going to nourish every cell of your body. I was surprised to hear the girls at work the other day say to me “Larissa, what the heck is Kale”? Wow! Kale is an amazing vegetable from the cruciferous family. According to Don Tolmans Encyclopedia of Wholefood Medicine kale is “endowed with cancer indoles that helps regulate estrogen and removes colon cancer”. Bet you can’t say your breakfast cereal does that.1 cup of kale provides us with 10% of the RDA of omega fatty acids. It is an anti – inflammatory that can help to combat a myriad of cancers including bladder, breast, prostate, ovarian and gastric cancer. It is jam packed full of vitamin K, vitamin A, vitamin C, chlorophyll, calcium and iron. Kale is the bomb people.
Last year my mum was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer. As soon as she found out she had cancer we got her crackin onto the vegetable juices. Kale has become one of the staple ingredients in her juices. It’s now growing like crazy in her backyard as she got tired of buying it all the time, so now she grows it. The doctors have been mystified with her progress and light speed rate of recovery. She even was fortunate enough to avoid a mastectomy which was on the cards. Her Dr’s called a special meeting together to discuss her options due to the fact that her body was healing so wonderfully and decided a lumpectomy is all that was required. Then they couldn’t even find the lump, so they had to give her an ultrasound before the op to locate the exact area. That’s kale power for you!! She has done many other wonderful health promoting things besides eat and juice kale, but we know this has helped tremendously.
Below is a breakdown of the food tracker app I have on my phone. The first column is my smoothie and the second column is a poached egg on toast with a little smear of butter. For the protein skeptics “stick that in your juicer and juice it”!
So my morning smoothie was:
- 500mls filtered water
- 1 cup of Kale chopped (maybe more, I go nuts with it)
- 1 stalk of celery chopped
- 4 medjool dates
- 1/2 cup pineapple
- 3 bananas
First I added the water, kale, celery and dates and whizzed in the blender. Then I added the bananas and pineapple and whizzed it up and then gulped it down. Most of the time I use mixed berries rather than pineapple but I had run out of berries today. To my surprise the pineapple gave it a tropical pina-colada style twist. Delish!!
Yum Yum!! Don’t knock this until you try it. Many years ago I would’ve gagged just looking at this. It turns out this drink is a sweet treat with way too many health benefits to list. It will leave you feeling full of life, vibrant and ready to take on whatever the day throws you. You can also ditch the coffee, as you won’t be tired in the mornings after drinking this beauty.
Until next time muster up some kale power.