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Why I put health and kale in front of everything

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.

http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/healthy-eating/health-starts-here/resources-and-tools/top-ten-andi-scores

Here is one of my favorite recipes, straight from the VitaMix recipe book.  Enjoy and take care of your health.

  • 1 cup of green grapes
  • 1 orange, peeled
  • half a Bartlett pear
  • 1 fresh banana
  • 1 cup of organic kale (very important to be organic)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup ice

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!




Seibo Shen
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5 Responses

John Larson
John Larson

May 11, 2013

i have been a green smoothie advocate for years. Make sure if you go this route that you rotate your greens. mine smoothie is apple banana lemon juice orange some green(kale , romaine , broccoli etc) garlic, choc nibs, chia seeds, purified water.all organic. lost wt feel great doc is happy with numbers.

Justin
Justin

May 11, 2013

The author speaks the truth! Tried his blend and my energy level and bowel movements have been superhuman! Clearly the author is an expert in all areas of wellness

suckafreesteve
suckafreesteve

May 10, 2013

Agree with the juicing perspective. I like to add in a healthy dose of blueberries for an antioxidant boost. Plus its good brain food. Eat brain… eat!

b0
b0

May 09, 2013

Much better way to start a day than taking a coffee. Being an hiperactive as I’m, coffee always affect me more in a negative way, too much anxiety (in fact I stoped drinking it years ago)

I will try this for breakfasts SM, I’m pretty sure this is a perfect way to start a day and my body will be really gratefulI. I already have a high powered blender, so will try next monday and compare to my everyday ;)

Al G.
Al G.

May 09, 2013

Kale is especially good for everyone. It’s on the very top of the Andi food scale. http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/dr-joel-fuhrmans-nutrition-density-chart

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