HOW TO EAT MORE GREENS

by diana on October 27, 2011

in All the other good stuff

I woke up this morning and felt the need to write this post. I haven’t been writing often because of how busy I have been at the restaurant and wanting to just come home, eat, work out or take a walk and then wind down.

I got thinking about all the cancer (especially breast cancer) campaigns that are out there. All the “pink” stuff. It is amazing how many items you see in that bubble-gum pink color – even small appliances!

I have always believed in disease prevention. I do donate and have donated to cancer research and other campaigns but I wonder how much money they get? We just received a HUGE package of cards, a pen, etc from the Heart Foundation. How much did that cost them to send? And to how many people? It just becomes “junk” and “recycling”. Some of these campaigns are more like big business now and we have to wonder how much goes to the actual cause.

I believe that we need to prevent the disease. Of course for someone who has it they want to do anything or take anything that will help them “cure” the disease. My dad is on an experimental drug for bone cancer and is doing really well so of course I am very glad for that.

What I wanted to suggest today is that everyone add more greens into their diet. Lets build up our body so strong that disease cannot touch it. Of course there are many other aspects that can help prevent cancer and other diseases such as dealing with emotional issues and reducing stress, etc. but I want to start with a couple simple things everyone can do every day.

Start your day – EVERY DAY – with a large green smoothie or green juice.

Make salad the main part of your meal. Make a big delicious salad for lunch and supper. That is your main course and then build side dishes around it.


There are so many sites and blogs on internet where you can find great smoothie, juice and salad recipes.

I encourage you to use as much organic produce as you can and local is the best when you can get it. Local small farms that are not “certified” organic (which is a very long and expensive procedure) yet grow their food organically are fantastic. I am lucky to have so many of those in my city.

If you just do these 2 things a day and encourage others to do the same – you will be doing so much more than most people in North America.

My favorite green smoothie is below (I have this numerous times on this blog already):

GREEN SMOOTHIE

  • 1 apple
  • 1/2 c frozen mango (can be frozen bags you buy)
  • 1/2 frozen banana (fresh is fine too)
  • 1 C filtered water
  • 1 C (or more) of spinach or kale
  • 1 Tbsp of lemon juice
  • fresh ginger (to taste and optional)

That is it! Blend in a blender and it is done. This is very refreshing and soooo good!!

GREEN JUICE

  • 1/2 Cucumber
  • 1 apple
  • 2 stalks of celery
  • 1 C of spinach or kale
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 C of water

This is a juice you can blend in your blender (if you don’t have a juicer) and pour through a nut milk bag or a sprouting bag. You can even strain it through a fine mesh strainer. I LOVE juices and right now they are my choice over a smoothie.

I must now go and make my juice today and pack my salad to bring to work.

HAVE A GREEN DAY!!

LIVE HAPPY & HEALTHY!


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