I’m generally a healthy person, but I loathe multi-vitamins. For starters, they make me feel nauseous. Secondly, half of them don’t fully dissolve before moving through your system. (Check by placing your vitamin in a half-cup of vinegar for 45 minutes. If it’s not dissolved there, it won’t dissolve in your belly.) And third, a diverse, healthy diet provides all the vitamins you need. (Trust me, I did research on the entire multivitamin ingredient list.) So instead of taking a huge, nasty pill, I make a vitamin smoothie every morning that gives me the same “good stuff” that I would get from a vitamin and provides me with a healthy, quick, eat-on-the-go breakfast. (Bonus: it’s one of the few breakfast meals that actually keeps me full until noon.)
This is my recipe, which inevitably varies towards the end of the week when I run out of one thing or another.
Combine in a blender, and blast on high:
1 cup pomegranate juice (vitamin K, vitamin E, B vitamins, antioxidants)
1 cup baby spinach leaves (vitamin K, vitamin A, vitamin C, and a slough of other good compounds)
1 cup frozen blueberries (antioxidants, fiber, Vitamin C)
1/2 to 1 cup plain greek yogurt (20 grams of protein)
1 banana (potassium and mellow, creamy flavor to compliment the tartness of the berries and pomegranate)
1 Tbsp flax seeds (omega-3 fatty acids, lignan, fiber)
If I’m feeling sweet, I’ll add about a tbsp of honey or agave nectar.
1/4 to 1/2 cup water (just enough to make the blender go)
Pour into your favorite water bottle, and out the door you go.
When available, use organic ingredients. Why organic? First, craw out from under that rock. Then, educate yourself. Even if you can’t eat all organic, there are some foods (and other items) that are more importantly organic than others.
Confession: At lunch today, my husband asked why my nose was bleeding. It turned out that it wasn’t bleeding. I had been wearing a splash of smoothie on it all morning. Watch out for that!
In addition to this daily smoothie, the list of staples at my house includes other foods that round out all the recommended daily supplements on the back of that multi-vitamin label: salmon (Alaskan wild caught!), lots of leafy greens, a variety of fruits, bell peppers, avocados, tofu and other soy products, eggs, brown rice, nuts, dark chocolate, and quinoa (Laura provided a great quinoa recipe a few weeks ago).
Sasha and Laura, what smoothie recipes have you tried recently? I know you’ve done it b/c I’ve seen your green concoctions on Instagram!