These smoothies are not only nutritions, but are a super easy way to keep my healthy eating on track

I had a good reminder why I need these quick, easy, nutritious smoothies in my life this weekend.   Every single person in my house is sick. So plans this weekend got a little derailed.  But being able to grab my “smoothie packs” out of the freezer, throw them in the blender and get back to taking care of everyone was so great this weekend. (of course, the sick mom is still taking care of everyone else, right?!?)

Smoothie Packs you ask??

RED smoothie packs ready for the freezer

Before I started my challenge, I got idea from the blog, The Tidy Nest,  to make packs with all my smoothie ingredients ahead of time.   Each Sunday, I did my shopping, washed, chopped and measured out all my ingrediaents into ziplock bags for the week and put them all back in the freezer.  Then each morning I just grab out a bag, put it in the blender with water and I am on my way!

But this weekend, with everyone sick, including me…I still haven’t gone shopping for this weeks ingredients, or made my smoothie, and I MISS IT!!

BUT I am so excited for this weeks smoothies.  I was secrethly hoping Selena would come up with something with apples and cucumber….and guess what??  Thats what it is.

So I am off to the store (missed the farmers market this weekend too) for my WEEK 3 Smoothie goodies!

How is everyone else doing??  I am LOVING this challenge! I even liked the beet smoothie!

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This week I wanted to give you two seasonal smoothies.  Eating with the seasons is a practice that is promoted in most of the dietary theories of the world.  When we go against the natural order of things, we go against our own body and how it thrives.  In today’s world, this is tough, since we have food at our fingertips, from all over the world, all the time!

Let’s make an effort this week to enjoy the Autumn harvest:  Pears and apples.

Pears are a treat in God’s own package.  We love them because they are sweet, crunchy, but soft enough to not cause any eating problems for my kids.  They also have some great properties that should encourage you to give them a try:

  • High in vitamin C – great for your immune system and helps fend off free radicals
  • A good source of copper – helps activate an enzyme that helps eliminate superoxide free radicals
  • Fiber – we know what fiber is good for *wink*

“An apple a day keeps the doctor away.”  You’ve heard it and it’s true!  The apple has amazing health benefits and pairs nicely with almond butter. YUM!  Keep in mind that variety is key, so an apple one day, a pear the next, an apricot the next, and so on will also help you stay out of your MDs office.

The amazing apple and its benefits:

  • Phytonutrients can help you regulate sugar
  • Keeps you satiated – This is true if you eat the WHOLE apple vs. applesauce and apple juice
  • The pectin in the apples, in combination with those phytonutrients, protect your heart
  • The high antioxidant properties of an apple has been shown to reduce asthma and protect against some types of cancers

For more information on the apple, check out Whole Foods.

Some of you may feel that smoothies don’t keep you as full for as long as you would like.  For this reason, I am adding a version that has a little more protein.  Enjoy!

Fruit of Autumn Green Smoothie

8-12 oz water : more water=thinner smoothie

½ med pear

½ small-med apple

1 Kale leaf

2 inch section of a cucumber

¼ tsp cinnamon

¼ – ½ tsp honey: use more if needed

1 TB chia seeds: soak in water for 10 minutes and then stir to get “chia gel”*

½ – 1 c ice

Optional:
1 tsp lemon juice – gives it an extra zing!

*You can use flax meal instead of chia seeds

Don’t forget to chop up well if you don’t have a high powered blender!

A Nuttier Version

8-12 oz water

½ med pear

½ small – med apple

2 TB almond butter (or almonds soak in water overnight)

¼ tsp cinnamon

¼ -1/2 tsp honey: add more as needed

1 TB chia seeds:  soak in water for 10 minutes and stir to get “chia gel”*

1 c ice

Optional:

1 Kale leaf: I found this a little tastier without the kale

Almond milk instead of water:  gives it a creamier texture

*You can use flax meal instead of chia seeds

This recipe was adapted from the Cinnamon Pear Smoothie recipe created by my friend Julia Sarver at Glow Health Coaching.

The above statements are not intended as a cure to disease.

If you would like to find out more about the importance of seasonal eating, please visit my website at www.RadiantLifeHealthCounseling.com.
Join me for an upcoming FREE Teleseminar:  Inflammation: What you Can’t see CAN hurt you

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Want to read all the smoothie posts now?

Green Smoothie Challenge- Week 1- Garden Green Smoothie

Green Smoothie Challenge- Week 2- Radiate with RED

Green Smoothie Challenge- Week 3- Fruits of Autumn 

Green Smoothie Challenge -Week 4- 2! Herbs and Dessert

 

 

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