So the holidays came and went and 10 extra pounds came and stayed. Sound familiar? That’s what happened for me. Plus, lately here in Raleigh NC, it’s been cold, rainy and yucky which leads to more eating. Enough already!
I was flipping the channels recently and stumbled across an advertisement for a high powered, industrial blender and I paused to watch. I can’t explain why – probably because it was a good infomercial which keeps you watching like a car accident or a reality tv show, but the more I watched, the more I became intrigued which led me to the internet to research the blender, others like it, and what health benefits might come from using it. As it turns out, a high speed blender is an excellent way to get the daily nutrition many of us don’t get in our hectic and hurried lifestyles.
After ordering and receiving a blender, I did some research to find out what was the most nutritious and best tasting smoothie I could make. Turns out you can pretty much put anything into these high speed motored contraptions. I’ve seen people blend their iphone in it! The nutrition isn’t there but still fun to watch. My first smoothie contained 1 cup Spinach, 1 cup Kale, 2 scoops Whey protein, 5 Black berries, 3 pineapple slices, 2 bananas, 1 cup almond milk, 2 apples and a cup of ice. Hit the button, BZZZZZZZ and out came the green smoothie I was expecting. All the ingredients were chopped and blended to perfection. It tasted great! Since then have tried many variations of fruits and vegetables sure to include a lot of green leafy vegetables and am happy to say I’ve lost 5 pounds!
However, it’s not all about weight loss. It’s more than that. It’s about getting lean and clean on the inside, making sure my blood pressure and cholesterol are in healthy ranges so I minimize the risk of heart disease – the #1 killer in the US, particularly for Seniors. As we age, the risk for heart disease can become greater depending on your level of exercise, family history, disease and diet. We can’t control things like family history or disease but for the other areas we can control, it’s an easy fix if we discipline ourselves a little. If you smoke, stop! If you don’t have any sort of exercise routine and you’re able to walk, GET MOVING. Start with a simple 30 minute walk each day or as much as you can do until your stamina increases. Here in the Raleigh/ Wake Forest area, the climate normally allows us to go outside and be active so get out and walk your dog, ride a bike or go to the mall with a friend. And for your nutrition, adding lots of fruits, vegetables and fiber will aid in keeping your blood pressure and cholesterol in a good, healthy range. I make at least 2 green smoothies per day and am happy to say I feel great! Even my teenage daughter loves them. Some of you may dislike the taste of kale sitting on your plate but if you blend them up with a lot of other ingredients in one of these high speed blenders, you’ll get all the nutrition and some great taste too which, of course, will motivate you to drink more getting you on the road to feeling better; minimizing your risk of heart disease and living a happy and fulfilling healthy life.
I still haven’t tried raw egg, like an unnamed Philly boxer, and probably never will. I don’t have to. I have my new comfort food – The incredibly healthy Green Smoothie!
The articles posted on this blog are provided for general information and discussion purposes only. These articles are not intended to suggest anything with respect to the operations or services of this office.
If you or an aging loved one are considering non-medical in-home care in Raleigh, NC, call Griswold Home Care
and speak to one of our caring staff members today. Call (919) 229-8944