Almost every Monday I reassess my diet, not only because I often food shop Sundays but because I want to set myself up for a strong productive week. I’ve found that making healthy food choices is one of the easier ways to do this. When I eat well, I feel better and therefore meet the demands of my schedule. When I eat crap, I feel like crap and my performance suffers. If you’ve followed me on various platforms for awhile, you know I like a smoothie. This one has become my new go-to because it’s packed with hydrating nutrient charged ingredients that the body benefits from.
Kale is high in calcium and vitamins like A, C, and K. Vitamin A and C are wonderful antioxidants that keep the immune system strong and your skin youthful. Vitamin K plays an important role in the metabolism process. Flax seed is a healthy fat, great for the skin, high in fiber and also an antioxidant. Bananas are high in potassium (a must, especially in this heat when we’re losing so much of our electrolytes through sweat) and apples (which make this drink sweet), give additional fiber, water, and are filled with phytonutrients.
I like to make this when I’ve had one too many lunch meetings or just one of those weekends when I wasn’t able to get the R&R I hoped. It’s refreshing and easy to digest but keeps me full for a few hours-thanks to all the fibrous ingredients. Do not skin your apples, as that will be reducing the amount of fiber the drink contains.
1 cup of fresh kale
1 frozen banana
1 Tbsp of raw almonds
1 Tbsp of ground flaxseed
1 cup of water
1.Clean and chop ingredients accordingly. Place into blender and puree till smooth.
Smoothies and juices are a great way to add additional supplements into your diet without much effort. I like to add things like maca or matcha to my smoothie, along with probiotics. Feel free to add things like bee pollen, chia seeds and other nutrients you feel will enhance this Kale and Apple smoothie to suit your needs.
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Hudson Valley based writer.