Look Beyond the Green Smoothie!

Look beyond your favorite green smoothie. Sneaking more vegetables into your diet is super easy with your Vitamix or Blendtec!

Everyone is always asking me my secret to keeping myself fit and healthy and it truly is as simple as adding more vegetables to your diet. It’s not just about your favorite Green Smoothie and shoving 10 veggies in at once and choking down a thick, globby mess in the name of health!

It’s about green EVERYTHING! Or purple. Or orange. Or red. It’s about finding many ways to sneak many vegetables into your everyday diet. Of course you should still have your favorite green smoothie. But why not throw a handful of spinach into your margarita? Or your coffee? Those small amounts here and there will add up and before you know it, you really will have had your 10-12 servings of fruits and vegetables a day! Green Smoothie, Green Coffee, Green Margarita…..

I find that keeping color families together makes a huge difference. Red and green together makes brown, so if you plan on mixing strawberries and spinach – add chocolate because that is the color you are going to end up with anyway! Check out my Chocolate Strawberry Frosty recipe for a terrific “salad disguised in ice cream” surprise!

And there are colorless veggies you can slip into just about anything!

Cauliflower is part of the cabbage family and is a potent cancer fighter. It can have a bit of a spiciness when used in larger amounts but a small chunk blended into just about anything will be undetectable.

Jicama is mostly water but also packs a whopping 6 g of fiber into one cup! It’s incredibly bland which makes it the perfect veggie to sneak into soups and smoothies as well as ice creams! What a great way to get more magnesium, potassium, Vitamin C, Vitamin A and beta-carotene into your diet!

Jerusalem Artichokes aren’t actually artichokes. They are more closely related to sunflowers, which is why you sometimes see them called sunchokes. Sunchokes are very high in fructooigosaccharides and inulin which are prebiotics. Prebiotics are food for probiotics – that healthy gut bacteria you get from yogurt. Inulin is also a fabulous source of soluble fiber which can help lower cholesterol  as well as prevent cancer.

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Walking around Downtown Phoenix early in the morning, we came across this awesome sign.

I encourage you to think beyond your green smoothie and start adding a bit of some vegetable to EVERYTHING you do with your Vitamix or Blendtec blender. Your body will thank you for it.

Here’s something fun!

I shot the photos for this blog here in downtown Phoenix early one Sunday morning with a friend. We just walked around and shot where it looked interesting. We stumbled across this old beat up SUN sign and I loved the texture of it!

A few months later, a friend asked me to help him out with a video to show off a new camera that his company is offering. “Bring a bright colored dress and let’s do something film noir,” was all the direction I had…We just got together and played, which is always a fun way to create. You never know what you are going to get! It’s one of my favorite ways to shoot – both stills and film. Even when there is no actual production, it’s still fun to just let the magic happen! For me, one of the magical moments was finding the SAME sun sign, now lit up a couple blocks away from where I first spotted it!

And if you happen to find yourself in need of video or sound equipment for one of your own projects, contact Guy Crawford at www.bkwinc.net

SortaHealthy® is just one of my passions. Here’s a little more about UniqueMonique….

Monique Parent

Author: Monique Parent

I love the idea of vegetarianism, just not for me! I'm not ready to give up my steak or my bacon! But all things in moderation. I'm only ever going to be SortaHealthy!

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