I have always been concerned with my health ever since I was a little primate. I was always one of the smallest kids in my class and I wanted nothing more to grow and get bigger and taller. At some point, when I began to understand how genetics actually worked, I looked at how tall both my parents were and realized that I was never going to be a 6' 8' small forward for the Golden State Warriors. Although I was a bit dejected, I still had the desire to get the most of the genetics that my parents gave me.
In my 20's, I worked out every day, doing a mix of martial arts, traditional weight lifting, and tons of running. I looked great but I still felt really tired and lethargic. Like many college students, I wasn't that concerned about my diet as long as I looked physically acceptable. All the late night runs to Jack in the Box really impact your body's ability to function in an optimal state. Once I got into the workforce, I figured this was just the way it was until last year, when I discovered "juicing." No, I'm not talking about those anabolic steroid stacks that Ronnie Coleman would take, I'm talking about good ole fruits and vegetables put into a blender or juicer.
After doing my research, I opted to get a high powered blender instead of a juicer. I liked that the blender would retain the fiber and is easier to clean up. Juicers are also really effective and provide a more concentrated shot of nutrients but for someone on the go like me, it is easier to just blend. My research narrowed it down to two models, the VitaMix and the BlendTec. Both are professional grade, restaurant quality blenders and you can't go wrong with either.
Once I began juicing, my energy levels shot through the roof. I replaced my morning coffee with a kale smoothie and immediately felt my neurons firing faster. I chose kale as the main ingredient because it is one of the most nutrient dense foods available. In case you don't like kale, here is a list of all the most nutrient dense fruits and vegetables.
Here is one of my favorite recipes, straight from the VitaMix recipe book. Enjoy and take care of your health.
Once you put all of that into your blender, blend it til it is nice and smooth and easy to drink. I'd love to hear your feedback or any recipes that work really well for you! Until next time, Monkey out!