More than just cool old sayings, “Let thy food be thy medicine” and “you are what you eat” are as full of truth as real food is full of nutrients we need for good health.
Considering annual U.S. healthcare costs are about $3.2 trillion, roughly $10,000 per person, the importance of eating a diet that includes fresh fruits and vegetables cannot be overstated.
Processed food products are mostly fillers with no life in them. Fresh food is teaming with chlorophyll and live enzymes to bring life and health to our body on a cellular level. Think about it like a rock concert where the fans are jumping, screaming and waving their arms in excitement. That’s what our cells do every time we give them fresh living food.
As long as I can remember, I’ve heard we are supposed to eat 5 fruits and vegetables every day. As an adult always on the move, that was really hard for me to do, until I started blending them into a smoothie.
I picked these 5 regulars for my powerhouse smoothie:
Kale – One of the most nutrient dense foods on the planet, and very easy to grow. It is low in Saturated Fat, and very low in Cholesterol. A good source of Dietary Fiber, Protein, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Folate, Iron, Magnesium and Phosphorus. A very good source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Vitamin B6, Calcium, Potassium, Copper and Manganese.
Celery – Said to be good for high blood pressure, low in Saturated Fat, and very low in Cholesterol. It is also a good source of Riboflavin, Vitamin B6, Pantothenic Acid, Calcium, Magnesium and Phosphorus, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Folate, Potassium and Manganese.
Carrots – Considered a perfect health food. Loaded with the powerful antioxidant, beta-carotene, and a variety of other health-building nutrients. They are very low in Saturated Fat and Cholesterol, and carrots are a good source of Thiamin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Folate and Manganese, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K and Potassium.
Avocado – The avocado is virtually the only fruit that contains heart-healthy monounsaturated fat – good fat! It’s a superfood that’s packed with over 20 vitamins and nutrients. It gives the smoothie a really nice texture and they taste great! As with apples, an avocado a day keeps the doctor away.
Apple – Gives the smoothie a little bit of a sweetness. Apples are high in dietary fiber, vitamin C, potassium and various antioxidants.
I also add a handful of fresh cut microgreens, a tablespoon of spirulina, and a couple of tablespoons of raw organic apple cider vinegar into my smoothie for protein and more good enzymatic, probiotic action.