Tuesday, May 14, 2013
DEMENTIA AND BREAKFAST SMOOTHIES
Every morning is made better when we start it with vegetables and fruit. Now stop snarling your nose at the thought of eating vegetables for breakfast. I have the perfect recipe to make that experience something you totally look forward to indulging in each morning. It is always my goal to get a ton of fruit and vegetables in my body each and every day. Starting with Carol's Breakfast Smoothie is a great way to make it happen.
Promise to try it at least once. Then write me with your thoughts. Bet you will like it!
Using a good blender (I am the proud owner of a VitaMix, but I use to own a Ninja Blender), add 1 1/2 cups of your favorite milk. I highly recommend you avoid dairy products and use soy or almond milk. Add two frozen bananas cut in half. Now throw in two very large handfuls of fresh spinach or fresh kale (yes, I said kale) and two carrots washed and cut into pieces. Prepare yourself for this next part, I now add one or two washed and sliced fresh squash.
If you have them, add a handful of blueberries, strawberries, or pineapple. Or, just because you can, add a little of them all. Throw in an apple or an orange for good measure. Now to increase your protein for the morning, add a wedge of tofu about an inch thick. To top it all off, add two tablespoons of local honey. (Local honey helps build your immune system. Who doesn't like honey??)
Put the blender on high and process this wonderfulness into a creamy texture. When it is finished, add about two cups of ice cubes and process on high again.
When you taste this breakfast smoothie, you will notice the bananas take over the taste of the entire mixture. The tofu is totally unrecognizable, the spinach turns the mixture green, the blueberries change everything to purple, and the squash and carrots lend no flavor whatsoever. BUT... the entire mixture is full of nutrients you need for the day.
Happy mornings to you. Remember - eating healthy and exercising reduces the changes of Alzheimer's by 50%! Hope that gives you Something To Ponder.