Before you scroll past this post hear me out on this one.
A few weeks ago I read The Food Babe Way: Break Free from the Hidden Toxins in Your Food and Lose Weight, Look Years Younger, and Get Healthy in Just 21 Days! and implemented a few of her daily habits. Most of the habits I was already doing so adding just a few to my routine was no problem at all.
The first habit I started the day after I read this book was drinking a warm glass of freshly squeezed lemon water with a few dashes of cayenne pepper. Now I'll admit, this one is rough for me. I'm used to coffee first thing in the morning and warm lemon water with cayenne pepper is not exactly tasty. However, I'm doing it. And in just two weeks it's now part of my morning routine. In all honesty, I suck that water down through a straw as quickly as possible. :)
The second habit that I started right after reading the book is drinking a green drink every single day. No no, come back. Just keep reading.
One morning I woke up
and instead of looking in the mirror and seeing a red splotchy face with big pores, there was no redness at all and my pores were tiny! It almost appeared as if I had foundation on. Whaaaat? How did this happen? I've been waking up with a red splotchy face and big pores for ages now.
THEN a few days later
I noticed that my fingernails were growing like crazy and they were STRONG! My entire life my nails would grow to a certain point and then break! All of this was happening just two weeks after I started drinking blended greens on a daily basis. I'm excited to see what else happens in the future as a result of this newly formed habit!
I really wish I had a before picture so I could show everyone the difference. I've been paying closer attention to the keratosis pilaris on the back of my arms and it's already less noticeable which is usually unheard of at this time of year when the weather is really dry.
Greens like kale and spinach on their own are not the greatest tasting thing to drink. Adding wheat grass makes it that much "greener" tasting. However, adding frozen pineapple completely changes the taste! You can add as little or as much pineapple as you would like and if you are new to drinking greens, I would probably start out with quite a bit of pineapple (3/4 cup or so). Now that I've become accustomed to the taste, and actually crave it daily, I've brought my pineapple down to between 1/4 - 1/2 cup.
To make a blended green drink, add roughly 1 cup of kale, 1 scoop of wheat grass, and as much or as little frozen pineapple as you would like. Then add about 3/4 cup of water (or more) and blend. Instead of keeping my kale in the refrigerator, I put the container right in the freezer so my drink is that much colder when I make it.
I'm a big fan of our NutriBullet Magic Bullet. It takes seconds to blend everything together and takes up very little counter space. It came with 1 tall cup, 2 short cups, 1 flat blade and 1 emulsifying blade, 2 re-sealable lids, pocket nutritionist and manual with recipes. If you want to add smoothies or blended drinks to your diet, I would go with this product because it's easy to use, it's dishwasher safe, and pulverizes frozen fruits, veggies, & more. And most importantly, it's affordable.
If you want to introduce more greens into your diet, give blended greens a try. Try it for a minimum of 21 days, pay close attention to your body, and then come back and let me know if you found any changes.
If you are interested in reading The Food Babe Way: Break Free from the Hidden Toxins in Your Food and Lose Weight, Look Years Younger, and Get Healthy in Just 21 Days!, I highly suggest the hardcover edition. The entire time I was reading this book, I made notes in the margins, put Post-it Note flags on pages that I knew I would reference, and flagged the pages with product and website suggestions.
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