Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Think Kit Dec. 10th - This Meat Sack Needs More Homemade Smoothies

The carrot and spinach aren't much
to look at, but boy are they healthy!
Good habits are hard to come by.  So, it's logical that today's Think Kit prompt challenges us to discuss a habit formed this year that we want to maintain.  Like my back, my diet is an aspect of my health that has made me feel like somewhat of a failure.  Don't get me wrong, I've done a decent job about regulating my fast and junk food habits.  I've worked diet soda down to minimal consumption levels. Plus, I'm about a 65% vegetarian.  Another adjustment I've made to my diet is reducing my bread intake. Overall I think I'm doing well, given that I'm a few pounds over weight and that I don't exercise that much. However there is one aspect of my diet that bothers me.  

The one thing I struggle with is my recommended daily intake of fruits and vegetables.  You can look it up, but I read somewhere that only around 30 percent of adults eat their recommended dose of vegis and fruits.  How is it that three to five servings a day of fruits and vegetables could be so difficult?  I'm not a picky eater in any way, shape or form.  I've grown to consider a salad an acceptable main dish at either lunch or dinner.  Nonetheless, when I started tracking my actual consumption I was a little dismayed. So, I made a conscious effort this year to make the home made smoothie a habitual daily routine.

I don't deviate that much from my formula:
-2-3 of the following fruits: Bananas, apples, strawberries, blueberries, pineapple
-flax seed
-Agave nectar (when I'm not using pineapple nor banana) 

I take these whole fruits and vegis and toss them into a blender.  By themselves, they make for a thick nutritive mix.  So, I add some ice and water, and you've got a greenish-brownish glass of nutritious yum.  The family and I toast glasses of homemade smoothies most mornings and are a couple of servings closer to that seemingly less elusive nutritional goal.  I plan to continue this habit into 2014 and beyond.  I would love to hear if you've got a preferred recipe that I could incorporate.

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