My Vitamix and Smoothies
So, my journey continues with my Vitamix and Smoothies. I’ve bought all the ingredients this afternoon and I’ll be blending in the morning.
It typically takes about an hour to complete the process; however, I have the day off from work. I’ve visited family members over this past Thanksgiving week and returned yesterday. I knew I’d be feeling the ill effects of traveling back and forth between the east coast. So, in advance, I requested Monday off, which allows me ample time to blend some Vitamix smoothies.
So, this morning I used my Vitamix to blend a huge batch that can be used for many healthy vegetable drinks. The current batch will last two weeks if I drink a glass or two in the morning.
I’ve been thinking of using a different process in order to avoid having the juice sit in the refrigerator for such a long time. Perhaps, I’ll drink another glass later in the afternoon. Or, I’ll use fewer ingredients and blend more often.
Vitamix Green Smoothie Recipe
Admittedly, this may not be a true Vitamix green smoothie recipe. However, it will be a list that will give you an idea of some healthy smoothie ingredients. Over the years I’ve tried many different dietary supplements and different types of healthy foods while experimenting with my Vitamix and smoothies.
So here is a list of items I used this morning while concocting a couple of containers worth of healthy morning smoothies. (warning this may seem like a crazy list… at least very big)
Carrots – I consider carrots to be one of the ingredients that must be included. Benefits include Vitamin A (eyesight and lowers risk of prostate cancer), retinoic acid which benefits the skin, prevention of cardiovascular disease and cancer, high in Fiber, ample in potassium which helps maintain healthy heart rhythm.
Beets – Beets are another staple for my Vitamix and smoothies. Red beet benefits: The high concentration of nitrates helps lower blood pressure. My family has a history of heart issues so this has been important to me.
Studies have shown that beets benefit athletic performance by improving oxygen use and time to exhaustion. Beets help with inflammation. And many people contend inflammation is the root cause of many if not all health problems. Beets help improve digestion, brain health, possess anti-cancer properties, and aid in weight loss.
There are also a couple of good beet powder items on the market. Pure beets powder is one of the better powders. While on a job in Puerto Rico I used Pure Beets Powder because I didn’t have access to my Vitamix.
Spinach – Spinach has many benefits; however recently I learned the vegetables provide a few intriguing incentives to include in a Vitamix green smoothie recipe.
Spinach’s vitamin K strengthens bones. Like Carrots, it contains beta carotene thus it benefits eyesight. The Vitamin A in spinach repels bad bacteria and viruses. Carrots benefit the heart and the magnesium levels in spinach help to energize the body.
Kale – Kale is one of the most nutrient-dense plants in the world. One cup of kale contains the following:
Vitamin A: 206% of the DV (from beta-carotene)
Vitamin K: 684% of the DV
Vitamin C: 134% of the DV
Vitamin B6: 9% of the DV
Manganese: 26% of the DV
Calcium: 9% of the DV
Copper: 10% of the DV
Potassium: 9% of the DV
Magnesium: 6% of the DV
It also contains 3% or more of the DV for vitamin B1 (thiamin), vitamin B2 (riboflavin), vitamin B3 (niacin), iron and phosphorus
Moreover, Kale contains very little fat, but a large portion of the fat in it is an omega-3 fatty acid called alpha-linolenic acid.
Cilantro – Recently, I’ve learned Cilantro has many health benefits. I began including it my healthy morning smoothies within the past few months. Cilantro helps fight cancer and inflammation. Also, it has antifungal properties. The essential oil derived from Cilantro’s leaves is an aid against Candida, which contributes to many health issues especially in the digestive tract.
Celery – Again like most of these foods, celery lowers inflammation. The decrease in inflammation creates a chain effect of other benefits: lower cholesterol, promotes liver and kidney health, fights infections, improves digestion and bloating issues, lowers high blood pressure, prevents ulcers, and helps in weight loss.
Cucumber – Lately, I’ve been including cucumbers with my Vitamix smoothies. Inflammation, cancer and cardiovascular problems can be alleviated by cucumbers. Also, the vegetable promotes hydration, bone health, and regular bowel movements.
Apples – Apples have been a staple of my healthy morning drinks since the beginning. The seeds contain anti-cancer properties and I’ve found they promote regular bowel movements.
Bananas – Again, bananas have been a constant staple in my healthy morning drink. They aid in maintaining moderate blood sugar levels. Also, bananas are good for digestive health. If I’m having stomach issues and/or acid reflux a banana has soothed my ailment.
Berries – Blueberries, blackberries, and strawberries are included my Vitamix smoothie. These berries have anti-cancer properties. Typically, I add a frozen bag which includes all three. The berries have many of the same benefits as the other foods but another benefit is their taste. The frozen berries help make the drink palatable. After adding the berries and honey the taste of the drink is good.
Citrus – In an effort to add more vitamin C to my diet I include these citrus fruits in my morning smoothie. Occasionally, I’ll include an orange.
Essentially, I’m including all of these various foods to maintain a well-rounded diet and to avoid neglecting any essential vitamins or nutrients. In general, these foods help alkalinize the body, assist with digestion, and reduce inflammation. I’ve heard it stated many times that health problems begin in the gut.
To increase the liquidity of the drink I’ll add filtered water from a Berkey filter and/or aloe vera juice. I’ve learned aloe vera juice can assist with stomach ailments.
I’d recommend a Berkey water filter, which has an outstanding reputation. Personally, I’m satisfied with my purchase and consider it as good of an investment as the Vitamix.
Health Food Powders
Before I began blending smoothies I had discovered healthy green powders. Essentially, these powders are various foods ground into a powder and then manufactured in a method that maintains its nutritional value and its enzymes.
I’ve grown into a habit of always having an available healthy green powder.
Also, I’ve begun adding a collagen powder. I’ve reviewed one of these items sold by Dr. Kellyann. The benefits of collagen powder are numerous and it has become a stable in my Vitamix green smoothie.
Occasionally, I’ll include a Fiber powder. I recommend a couple of Fiber powders. Check out my review of Hallejuh Diet’s Fiber Powder. Perhaps, this is the best one that I’ve used.
Also, I like Garden of Life’s Super Seed powder. I’ve noticed regular bowel movements while using this powder.
If anyone has some suggested recipes let me know. As I’ve mentioned I would like to try different combinations. Instead of making one huge batch it may be a better idea to make a healthy vegetable drink in smaller doses. Send me a comment or join my Email, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and/or Twitter.
Once the holidays are over I’ll commit to getting more creative. Either way, all of the foods I’ve mentioned have amazing health benefits and can be included with your Vitamix and smoothies.
If you’re looking to improve your health Vitamix and smoothies are a great first step.