If you are like me, you probably have a hard time eating the recommended 5-9 veggies/fruits per day! Even though I do believe everyone needs to supplement certain vitamins, I know it is always better to get my vitamins from whole foods instead of a pill!
When my kids were growing up, we were always struggling to get them to eat the many veggies per day that we knew they needed. That is why we starting making the "daily green drink" for all of us.
We found that it is so much easier to get a couple of our daily veggies and fruits consumed by drinking them in a delicious smoothie-type drink! Here is an example of how we do it:
In a blender, mix the following and drink a large glass once or twice daily:
1 cup cold water
1/2 cup "no sugar" added juice (grape or pomegranate or orange)
2-3 cups of organic spinich and kale or greens blend (Keep these in the freezer so they will make drink cold each time)
1/2 cup organic baby carrots
1/2 cup organic baby tomatoes
1 pear or 1 cup berries for flavor or 1 banana
2 Tablespoons Organic Virgin Coconut Oil-Try Nature's Way Organic
1 Scoop Greens Powder-Try Organic Greens
Blend well until desired consistency.
My kids actually would ASK for the green drink! They loved it, and I felt good that at least a couple of veggies were being consumed by them daily!
Another alternative is to buy a "juicer" and make the drink. We found that a blender worked just fine, although the drink is a little thicker with the blender!
You can also try and add different fruits and veggies to find your favorite type. Just make sure to add lots of greens! Try and drink one each morning for increased immunity and energy through the day!
I think I will go and make one right now :)
One of the biggest challenges we found with the Paleo Diet when we first started doing it was that we no longer would be eating the usual breads. After a short time we got used to it, and we started feeling much better staying away from the grains!
However, we every so often get a craving for some baked goods, so we had to find the recipes for baking some breads and muffins that were Paleo.
The flours that are mostly used for the Paleo Lifestyle are ALMOND Flour and COCONUT Flour! Here is one of our favorite recipes that my husband loves making. These muffins are good for breakfast with a nice Egg Omelet with veggies and some bacon (All Paleo)!
PALEO BANANA NUT MUFFINS:
4 Ripe/Soft Bananas, mashed with a fork
1/2 Cup Almond Butter
2 TBSP Coconut Oil, Melted
1 TSP Vanilla
1/2 Cup Coconut Flour
2 TSP Cinnamon
1/2 TSP Nutmeg
1 TSP Baking Powder
1 TSP Baking Soda
1/4 TSP Salt
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a muffin tin with cups. In a large bowl, mix using a hand blender the bananas, eggs, almond butter, coconut oil and vanilla.
2. Add the coconut flour, nutmeg, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Blend until it is a wet mixture.
3. Scrape sides of bowl with spatula and pour batter evenly into muffin tins, filling each about 2/3 full.
4. Bake for 20-25 minutes (check with toothpick until clean). Serve warm or store in refrigerator. Makes 12 muffins.
Other variations include adding blueberries or small apple pieces.
These muffins are really yummy, and the only sugar in the muffins comes from the fruit. My Grand-babies LOVE them, and we do too! :)