cranberries-1334507_1920I often tell people they can save their lives with soups, salads, and smoothies.  Some people laugh.  That’s okay.  It’s meant tongue and cheek with a big dollop of truth mixed in.

There is a direct connection between a diet low in veggies and fruit and the rate of disease.  The less fresh stuff you eat, the more disease you have.  Telling people to eat more veggies usually floats like a lead balloon and no dietary change actually takes place.  And, hearing that you need to eat 7 to 10 servings of fruits and veggies feels overwhelming.

So, to improve your health, let’s get specific.  Pick one thing you are willing to try each day.  An easy starting place is to have smoothies for breakfast.  Every day for a week, drink a smoothie instead of your standard breakfast.

You don’t have to have a recipe, of course.  And, you don’t need an expensive juicer. Dig out the blender you got for a wedding present 20 years ago to get started.  Throw in a cup of liquid.  I like water, but you can use coconut water, nut milk, or even cow’s milk as long as you know you’re not sensitive to it.  Follow that with 2 cups of leafy greens, a cup of fruit, small handful of nuts or seeds and a spoonful of coconut oil.  If coconut oil doesn’t sound good, use half an avocado.

Mix up your smoothie greens.  Some great ones to use are spinach, kale, chard, arugula, bok choy, beet greens, carrot greens, cabbage, celery, collard greens, lettuce (not iceburg), and more. You can even use herbs such as basil, mint, parsley, cilantro.  Feel free to mix them up, too.

Your choices of fruit are wide open, too.  Berries are powerhouses, but, you can use apples, pears, peaches or any other fruit that sounds good to you.

After you get the hang of making of smoothies, get creative and try adding  spices like fresh ginger.  You can also add nutritional powders like bee pollen if you’d like.

Just this one change will add critical nutrients to your diet, begin to alkalinize your body, support your detoxification pathways, boost your immune system, reduce inflammation and pain and so much more.

Here is a smoothie book I recommend: The Healthy Green Drink Diet by Jason Manheim

To your health!