Stay the Course
Get your greens in!
Published: February 18, 2012
by Jenny Ross
Play your best nutrition game.
It’s 2012, the days are quickly going by and health resolutions are a big part of achieving your best year yet. Here are some practical ways to keep the spark of excitement in your health routine and feed your body well throughout the day so you can play your best game—all day.
Get your greens in, early! Greens are one of the best ways to alkalize your body and align your cells for optimal function throughout the day. An alkaline body insulates the cell wall so that stressors and life’s little tricks can roll off your back with ease and not disrupt your day. Greens are also a great source of protein and stimulate all vital systems of the body from the nervous system to the all important adrenal glands that regulate energy in the body.
Here are three easy ways to get your greens in the morning: 1) Enjoy a delicious supergreen smoothie for breakfast 2) Add a couple drops of chlorella to your water along with some lemon and drink this throughout your morning 3) Try a green juice mid-morning as a boost instead of coffee or tea. Here’s an example:
Jenny’s Morning Green Drink
1 Banana, 1 cup of fresh Blueberries or Pineapple, 1 cup Almond Milk, 2 Leaves Organic Kale or 1 cup Spinach, 1 tbsp Greens powder( Vitamineral Green and Dr. Shulze’s are both well-balanced blends), 1 tsp raw honey or raw agave nectar. Blend and enjoy!
Essential fats equal sustained energy! Feed your body a balanced meal at lunch with essential fats, fruit or vegetable carbohydrates and plant-strong protein. This is as simple as adding a handful of fresh raw walnuts to a kale salad or sneaking in a handful of almonds before that big important meeting. The brain and the heart rely on healthy fats in order to function, so to stay balanced it’s important to get the healthy fats in your day.
Midday, we need to feed our body. By enjoying healthy fats at this point in the day you guarantee sustained energy throughout the afternoon instead of bringing on an afternoon crash with quick carbs. Try this kale salad as a balanced approach to midday meals. This salad is great, too, because it travels well!
Midday Kale Salad
2 cups chopped kale (or spinach), 1 avocado, 1 cup diced cucumber, ¼ cup raw walnuts, 2 tbsp raw olive oil or flax oil, 1 tsp sea salt or dulse flakes, juice of 1 lemon. Toss together well!
Power through your afternoon with some real energy! Around 3 pm is a great time to be sure to get in a large glass of pure water followed 30 minutes later by some additional protein. A great plant-strong protein to enjoy in the afternoon is the hemp seed. The protein found in the hemp seed is similar to the proteins found in blood plasma, it also contains all 21 essential amino acids, so the protein found in hemp seeds can be used almost immediately as it enters in the body and more completely than other types of protein. As a treat I love to combine my hemp seeds with raw chocolate. Here is a fun and easy recipe you can prepare in advance and take with you to enjoy on the run.
Chocolate Hemp Truffles
½ cup raw cacao, 4 tbsp coconut butter or hemp butter, 1 cup raw hemp seeds, 4 drops stevia or 4 tbsp raw honey or 4 dates, cup raw honey, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp sea salt. In a basic food processor with the s-blade attachment set, process all ingredients until dough ball forms. Scoop out 1 tbsp of dough and roll in hemp seeds. Set in freezer for 1 hour and then transfer to airtight container to enjoy at a moment’s notice!
Jenny Ross, the owner and executive chef of the living-foods restaurant 118 Degrees in California. Jenny works with clients of all backgrounds, motivating them toward more vibrant health while teaching them about the healing power of living foods.