Kale & My New Morning Shake-y Shake

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It’s my birthday month! I will be 44 on the 13th and even though I am getting older in years, I feel younger and more energetic than ever! My diet is super clean, mostly oil and gluten free, and I make almost everything we eat from as close to scratch as possible.

I am giving myself Kale as a birthday present. I am ever expanding my palate and since kale is not my favorite (but oh so healthy) I have found that adding it to my morning shake-y shake is the best way to incorporate it into my diet.

My original shake-y shake was a cup of almond milk, a big heaping tablespoon of almond butter, and 2 frozen bananas. However, in the last six months I have been playing with a variety of nuts, seeds and grains to make instant milk, and superfoods, fruits and sweeteners for variety. I make a different variation every day – varying the fruits, nuts and powders – because the effects of eating a nutrient dense diet are cumulative! And the most important ingredient is 1/4″ piece of fresh turmeric which I believe is the key to life. It is anti-inflammatory and has tons of nutrients. 1/4″ of turmeric a day keeps the doctor away!

1 1/4 cup filtered water
1/2 cup kale (fresh or frozen)
1 frozen banana
1/4 cup frozen or fresh berries (e.g., strawberries, blueberries) *
1/4 cup nuts (e.g., almonds, Brazil nuts or cashew nuts)
1/4 cup rolled oats or cooked quinoa
1 tablespoon raw cacao powder
1 tablespoon hemp seeds
1 tablespoon ground flax powder
1 tablespoon mesquite, lucuma or goji berry powder or 1 teaspoon maca powder
1/4 ” piece of fresh turmeric
3 pitted dates
1 teaspoon pure ground vanilla powder

Add everything to the blender and let it rip!

* I buy tons of strawberries and blueberries for my son and husband but if they even have so much as a dent or just slightly soft, they refuse to eat them. I take those and add them to my frozen stockpiles of fruit. For bananas, every week I buy a big bunch, peel them, cut them up and store in the freezer so they are ready to go.

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Here are just some of the nutrients I am digesting in the morning. Can you believe it?

Almonds: manganese, B vitamins, vitamin E, fiber, calcium, biotin

Brazil nuts: selenium, vitamin E, thiamin

Cashews: copper, magnesium, zinc

Hemp seeds: Omega-6, Omega-3, vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin D, B vitamins, calcium, fiber, iron

Flax seeds: Omega-3, vitamin B1, fiber, lignans

Kale: calcium, vitamin A, vitamin C,  vitamin K, copper, potassium, iron, manganese, phosphorus

Bananas: vitamin B6, manganese, vitamin C, fiber, potassium, biotin, copper

Strawberries: vitamin C, manganese, fiber, folate

Blueberries: antioxidants, fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K

Oats: manganese, fiber, zinc, protein

Quinoa: protein (all essential amino acids), vitamin E

Maca powder: protein, calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, sulfur, iron

Mesquite powder: fiber, potassium, zinc, calcium, and magnesium

Lucuma powder: zinc, iron, calcium

Goji berry powder: iron, beta carotene, protein

Turmeric: fiber, anti-inflammatory, cancer fighting, iron, manganese, vitamin B6, and potassium

Dates: fiber, vitamin B6 Vanilla powder: calcium, iron, fiber

Vanilla powder: calcium, magnesium, B vitamins and fiber

And the benefits of all of those nutrients? Fiber, major fiber. (I am regular!) And check this out. All of these nutrients contribute to heart health and cardiovascular support, help prevent cancer, offer antioxidant support, are anti-inflammatory and immune boosting. In one meal.

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