Greensblends have become one of the top health trends these days. I started making green smoothies and beverages over a year ago and can honestly say they have made a positive difference in my overall wellbeing.
Because I’m always on the go and traveling, I can never predict what I’ll be eating throughout the day, no matter how much I plan. So I start every day off with either a green smoothie or add some organic greens powder into my water in the morning.
There are many health benefits associated with adding greens to your diet including:
-getting the recommended 5-9 servings of fruits and vegetables daily
-supports a healthy immune system
-easy to digest
-alkalizes, detoxifies and energizes the body
-enhances your nutrient profile
I have tried a handful of greens blends but my top 3 are the following:
1) Life’s Abundance Greens Blend Berry Flavor – I love the taste of Life’s Abundance greens blend, it can added to a smoothie or just mixed with water. They’ve also added a certified organic blend of reishi, maitake, and shitake mushrooms to provide a vegetarian source of iron and B vitamins, and also a great source of phytonutrients and antioxidants.
2) Genuine Health Greens+ O Vegan Natural Acai Mango – This greens blend from Genuine Health is great because they add ingredients like organic spirulina, Atlantic dulse seaweed, chlorella, alfalfa grass, ginkgo balboa, grape seed extract, chia seeds, and sunflower lecithin to their greens mix. This nourishing superfood is a great energy booster.
3) Botanica Unflavoured Organic Greens – Because it is unflavoured, the Botanica greens goes great in morning smoothies and contains some key beneficial ingredients such as barley, wheat grasses and leafy greens, that are all rich in nutrients and vitamins that your body needs.
It is always best to be consistent and also take the recommend dose of greens in order to attain its optimal health benefits. That said, there are tons of qualified holistic nutritionists as well as great books out there that can help you make the best and most education decision for yourself and whether or not you need to add these greens to your diet. What works for someone may not necessarily work for someone else, so it’s best to always do your homework first.
I recently discovered Genuine Health‘s product called Greens + EXTRA ENERGY. In a very short period of time, it has become an important part of my daily nutrition routine.
For a while, I had been looking for an extra source of energy but had never found a product that would not only be good for my energy and vitality but that would also be clean. In addition to giving me that extra kick, the Greens + EXTRA ENERGY also contains superfoods and helps with digestion, balancing pH levels, etc. Another reason why I like this green food powder is because it is cafeine and sugar-free plus it is Non-GMO. Being a no-coffee kind of gal, this powder has provided me with that extra boost of energy I need pre/post-workout and after a short night of sleep.
Some of the amazing things you can find in the Greens + EXTRA ENERGY are: Spirulina (most nutrient-rich of any blue-green algae, a superfood and great source of beta-carotene), Royal jelly (supports immune functions and increase energy), Siberian ginseng root extract (anti-fatigue and anti-stress herb), Japanese green tea leaf extract (assists digestion and the proliferation of “friendly bacteria” in the intestine), Chlorella (source of protein, vitamins and minerals, helps detoxify the body), just to name a few.
I have been taking Greens + EXTRA ENERGY for two months now and have felt a huge difference in my energy levels. I feel a lot more focused and also feel a lot more awake in the morning and throughout the day.
The product comes in 2 flavours: orange and mocha. Every morning, I either make a cold-pressed juice (orange, grapefruit and ginger is my favorite combination) and add a scoop of orange Greens + in it or put a scoop of mocha Greens + in some organic almond milk. I’ve also started making smoothies after my runs and workouts using the green powder and wanted to share with today you my go-to recipe.
What you’ll need:
2 frozen organic bananas 1-2 spoonfuls of all-natural organic peanut butter 4 organic pitted dates 1 spoonful of ground chia seeds 1 scoop of Greens + EXTRA ENERGY 1 cup of organic almond milk
Throw all of the ingredients in a blender for a few minutes and top the drink off with some organic coconut chips (if you like!). It’s my favorite healthy and energizing post-workout treat!
There are lot’s of other ways you can incorporate the product in recipes, juices and smoothies. For more information on Genuine Health’s Greens+ EXTRA ENERGY, go here.
I met Joy McCarthy at a special Greens+ Extra Energy event in Toronto a few weeks ago. She was giving a talk about the product and also about health and nutrition. I was immediately drawn to what she was saying as well as her super positive energy. Joy is not only a new mom, she is also an author, a holistic nutritionist, a speaker and the founder of the website Joyous Health. I became a big fan of her health and wellness website after the talk so I am thrilled she can share some of her knowledge with us on the blog today!
1) What first got you interested in nutrition and health?
I’ve been interested in nutrition and health as long as I can remember. However, I realized the true healing power of foods when I had my own health transformation about 15 years ago.
2) What do you think are the biggest misconceptions about what it means to eat healthy?
That you need to deprive yourself and that healthy food isn’t tasty or enjoyable. These misconceptions couldn’t be further from the truth!
3) What are three key foods active women should absolutely include into their diets?
1- Protein such as beans, lentils, quinoa, eggs, fish, chicken and in smoothies adding a high quality protein powder.
2- Plenty of colourful vegetables to ensure a variety of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Again, supplementing with a green superfood like Greens+ is a great way to boost your intake.
3- Raw nuts and seeds. These provide fiber, good fat, protein and they are portable! Great for snacking on the go.
4) What are some of your go-to fitness workouts to keep you in shape?
I love Barre classes and yoga. But something I do every single day, rain or shine is walking. I think walking is one of the best forms of exercise. It’s free and it’s a great way to boost your mood and refresh your mind.
5) What’s the most important thing women should do in 2016 to achieve health & wellness?
Make self-care a priority. Women by our very nature are nurturing and always taking care of other people. More often then not many women put others needs before their own. Taking time for self-care is not selfish – it helps you be more productive in all areas of life and happier.
Nutrition is one important subject. Whether training for a sporting event or just going about your every day life, what you fuel your body with has the utmost importance. I met holistic nutritionist Miranda Malisani a few weeks ago at the Nike Run Club. She gave an incredibly informative talk about nutrition for those preparing to run the Nike Women’s 15k on June 14th. I really liked all of the things she talked about so I wanted to know more about her journey as a nutritionist and get some tips from her for those who like myself, are currently training for the race. She was kind enough to answer the questions below. Hope you’ll find this #5QuestionsWith interview with Miranda Malisani informative and helpful.
1) What first got you interested in nutrition? What made you want to become a holistic nutritionist?
I spent many years as a kid complaining about stomach pains, nausea and other digestive issues until the age of 8 where my parents discovered I had many food sensitivities including a severe one to MSG. Even at that young age I remembered feeling such a difference when it was taken out of my diet and that experience planted the seed for my passion of nutrition. I realized growing up that I could change the way I felt and looked with certain foods and I became really excited about learning more about how to be healthier that my elementary school friends would call me Dr. Mir. Fast forward many years and I am just as excited to inspire others to make the connection that their body is unique and finding the right foods for you can completely change the way you feel.
2) What would you say is your mission as a nutritionist?
I feel my mission is to help others connect to themselves and understand that the body has unlimited wisdom. By tuning into our intuition you can maximize your health potential and never need to rely on any diet or fad. The diet industry is geared to take accountability away from an individual where following the diet guidelines becomes the awareness, then when someone decides that the diet is no longer working they go back to their old patterns that contributed to weight gain in the first place. The missing links are education and accountability. I take on clients for one on one programs for 6 weeks and 3 months at a time, where I learn about their style of eating and educate them on how to make small shifts that can really alter the way they look and feel. I provide them with weekly follow ups and help to draw their attention to the way they are feeling through these new foods. A big part of my mission is to also bring awareness to the holistic enormity of our lives. It is not only the food we digest but the thoughts and emotions that play a crucial part in our overall health. It is by no coincidence that certain personality types may have weaker areas of the body. For example, those who have a hard time expressing their voice or connecting to their creativity may have problems with their thyroid. The incredible part of what I do is inspire others to realize that changing your health can happen at your next meal and with your next thought.
3) For those training for a run or a big sporting event, what are the three things they should keep in mind regarding nutrition?
1) Food Train to Maximize Performance.Just like you allocate time to train for your event, setting aside enough time to prepare healthy meals is important to maximize performance. At first, trying new foods or removing some comfort foods can feel uncomfortable. You can compare this to when you began training with extra ache muscles, digestive complaints and other body reactions, but with time, they go away. Challenge yourself to give that extra effort with healthy food to get the most from your sporting event.
2) Be Conscious of the Train & Treat Mentality. I’ve trained some athletes who work really hard during their training and then naturally want to treat themselves to reward this effort. This becomes a slippery slope that can reduce the performance that you are training so hard for. Your body is most vulnerable after training and it waiting for the correct fuel to help repair to reduce inflammation, increase lean muscle mass and restore glycogen for your next training session. Protein, premium carbs, healthy fats, fibre and antioxidants should be included post-train. Reward yourself with something non-food related and reserve food for fuel.
3) Set your Intention & Visualize.Numerous studies have shown that attitude and perception of our experience can drastically impact performance. During training, keep your affirmation strong and powerful. Visualize the way you feel when you cross the finish line, make clear and impactful statements on a blackboard to keep you directed during especially busy or challenging times.
4) What are some of your go-to food items for a healthier life?
I am a mom of two young boys, so I am always thinking fast and nutrient dense. I am often snacking on goldenberries which are rich in potassium, vitamin C and anti-bacterial properties which is crucial with boys 😉
I try to add as much colourful fruits and veggies to my family’s plate as this amps up the antioxidants to keep our cells young and healthy. I also stock up on healthy fatty foods like nuts and seeds, avocado and hemp hearts. I am also a lover of dark chocolate so I always have a batch of my favourite Dark Chocolate Caramel PB Cups in the freezer for when a craving arrives. They are made with coconut oil, cocoa, maple syrup, medjool dates and nut-butter. Easy and delicious.
5) What are your thoughts on the current food industry in North America?
I could go on for a while about this one, but I’ll keep it short. I feel there’s quite a disconnect between many producers and consumers. Good marketing has gotten in the way of the consumers ability to gage if a product is the right choice for them. I am often reading labels in the grocery store and disappointed seeing how certain companies spin their products to sound healthy. Just because it has some fibre doesn’t make it okay that sugar is the first ingredient. As a mother, I think it’s ridiculous that it’s not mandatory to label GMO foods in Canada. I feel it’s my right to know this information so I can make a conscious decision for my family. I am pleased to see many local producers doing their best to get good quality products to communities and I feel we need to amp up our support for these small businesses to create better quality foods for everyone.