As long as I can remember, I’ve always had problems with vitamin deficiencies and low iron levels. I guess, spending 6 days at the gym (oh good old gymnastics days) didn’t really help the situation either. I’ll never forget how every summer we’d go to visit my grandma in another city and she’d tell me: “Oh my God, you look green and sick!” So as I grew older, my way of dealing with this situation was to slap myself on cheeks right before entering her house. I SWEAR! It was somewhat efficient, but also painful! *suprise, suprise* Eventually, I simply started buying blush! Haha!
Slowly but surely, I renewed my focus on being healthy. I’ve come to the conclusion that I have to face the problem head on. The reason being is that when my iron levels are low (especially, in winter and spring), I feel sick and have no energy. Sometimes it gets to the point that I literally can’t get out of bed, and that’s BAD!!!
I do take vitamins; however, I prefer to include some superfoods in my diet. Lately, my absolute favorites have been chia seeds, banana and kale. Chia seeds are an amazing source of fiber, omega-3 and protein. Kale is high in iron, filled with antioxidants, calcium, vitamins A, C and K, and is perfect for detox. Finally, bananas are high in potassium, relieve anemia and aid digestion.
Usually, I have a banana in the morning, add chia seeds to my yogurt, and add kale to pasta.I see lots of bloggers who mix the 3 ingredients in their smoothies; however, I’ve been somewhat reluctant to try it out. So this week, when I felt low on energy yet again, I decided to finally give it a try and came up with my own recipe.
1 cup frozen kale
1 handful frozen mangoes
1 1/2 cups Almond milk
1 cup Banana-Strawberry Tropicana juice
1 tablespoon chia seeds
2-3 tablespoons Whey Decadent Chocolate protein powder
Place all ingredients into the blender or Magic Bullet and blend until smooth. Serves 1.
Btw, mangoes are good for you too! They boost immune system and help clear skin. If you ask me, it’s perfect for winter!
I’d love to hear about your favorite green smoothie! Sharing is caring! Haha!