As you know I have been hypernourishing myself for a while now.  I have learned a lot, and really went into it blindly.  I trust the good doctor that helped devise this protocol, but then I got to thinking, I really should do my own research on this.  We should never ever just go into anything blindly.  So I looked up some of the ingredients in this concoction. 

     Kale, now you can use spinach, but I can't as I make a lot of kidney stones.  Spinach contains high levels of calcium oxalates, and there in lies the problem.  So kale it is.  Did you know that kale is in the cabbage family?  I didn't.  It is super easy to grow, and I might plant it in my garden this summer because I can freeze it for my smoothies.  Why eat kale?  It is low in calories, high in fiber and contains alpha linoleic ALA acid.  This fatty acid is good for brain health, reduces type 2 diabetes risk, and boosts heart health.

     Kale is the new beef meaning it contains iron.  It's important to have high hemoglobin (blood count) in your system, and it helps with our energy.  Don't worry, it's not constipating at all.  Just the opposite.  Iron also helps with cell growth!  

     Kale contains 88% of our daily recommendations for vitamin C more than an orange, and vitamin K to help maintains bone health.  It also helps stop the build up of calcium in your tissues that can lead to stroke and atherosclerosis.   It contains 192% vitamin A which helps our teeth, skin and helps prevent urinary stones!  Okay, I'm there!  

     Kale also contains more calcium than milk, and milk is not the kind of calcium you want.  That is another article though.  Kale doesn't leach calcium out of our bones.  It will protect us from osteoporosis, and hip fractures that so often plague our elderly. 

     Kale also is a great antioxidants key ingredients are quercitin and kaempferol.  Research has shown that these play a role in preventing cancer cell formation.  

     Kale also helps with inflammation.  Because kale is high in vitamin K and omega 3 fatty acids, it helps with inflammation which causes issues with autoimmune diseases like asthma and arthritis.

     Kale also is a good detox ingredient.  It helps our livers by ridding our bodies of toxins.  

     Kale is a power house food!  I try to have a green smoothie everyday.  It's a great way to get all your greens in.  Also because the membranes of the greens are ruptured it's easier for our bodies to assimilate the nutrients found in kale.  

     My smoothies also contain 1/4-1/2 cup of flax seeds.  I will talk about those in my next article!

     Here are my smoothies for my 3 day work week.  I threw them in the freezer, and I will just process them in the mornings before work.  I can't drink all of it before work, so I drink at least half before and then when I get home at 8.  Cheers!


Shirley Tucker said...

You're talking about flax. Please be aware that flax is the new peanut allergy.

Anonymous said...

Perhaps I couldn't see for looking, but I didn't find a follow up post on flaxseed. You say you put 1/4-1/2 cup of flaxseeds into each smoothie, if I read right. A fourth of a cup has almost 12 grams of fat. In the plant-based mentoring group I'm in, we're cautioned to use just 1 TBS of ground flaxseed per day (though another plant-based doctor says 2 TBS). (And they say 1 TBS is sufficient) To reverse insulin resistance, we're to keep our fats (plant-based) to no more than 30 grams a day, more like 15-20 if we have excessive weight to lose. I like the way you prep your shakes! Hope you're feeling well...I too started getting small kidney stones while eating a lot of spinach!