There's more than one kind of stiff drink, and you won't learn about this one from your local bartender. We like to pack our drinks full of dark, leafy green vegetables like kale, swiss chard, beet leaves and watercress. Those stiff greens turn into a smooth, delicious drink in the blender!
Healthy Stiff Drink Recipe
Chop and Blend (use water or almond milk to desired thickness):
Drink right away! The nutrients are at their peak immediately upon blending.
Drink up and enjoy!
We're excited about this year and a renewed focus on the 5 Key Elements!
This stiff drink is a fun reminder that any foods or habits that have been a part of your life can be replaced with something healthy, energy-boosting, and weight-busting!
Let us know in the comments what you're replacing this year! We want to support you in these changes! Woot!
Tell us what your favorite green drink is
You get home from the grocery store, all excited with your new found items from the produce aisle. You start putting things in the refrigerator and OH NO! this thing wasn't made for my diet! The shelves are misplaced, the drawers are too tiny. Oh, refrigerator, methinks you were designed for the Average American diet, with your soda can dispenser and baby vegetable drawer.
You probably have two drawers at the bottom of your refrigerator. One is low humidity, for fruit, and the other is higher humidity, for vegetables. These drawers were designed to promote or limit ripening.
If you're Discovering your Optimal Wellness, you'll find it impossible to cram all your scrumptious whole nutrients into these drawers.
Here are some strategies for making your refrigerator a supportive tool in your wellness:
We are excited to assist in this journey! Please don't hesitate to contact us if you are overwhelmed or frustrated with the list-making, grocery-shopping, food-finding or fridge-filling! We are here to help!
This holiday season is bound to be filled with family, fun and oh yes--temptations! There is nothing more challenging than eating well when tradition and family have something else on the menu. Whether you're in the middle of a Discover Optimal Wellness program, or just looking to get started, these tips will help with your holiday well-being.
Share your recipe finds, tradition ideas, and ingredients of life you're thankful for below! :)
One of the biggest challenges of Discovering Optimal Wellness is rethinking long-held beliefs. Many of the concepts that we dive into on the road to health are as crazy as saying the world is round! We've been given information by our parents, grandparents, siblings, doctors, teachers, friends, society--and it can be a real shocker to discover that this information is wrong or only partially true.
What we've been told:
Drink your milk! You need it to grow. It's the only way you're going to get enough calcium. You want strong bones, don't you?
What we've discovered:
Cow's milk is not a necessary, nor a contributing ingredient in the recipe for health.
What about Osteoporosis?
Osteoporotic bone fracture rates are highest in countries that consume the most dairy, calcium, and animal protein. --The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
Dairy won't hurt me, though, right?
... evidence shows that consuming milk or dairy products may contribute to the risk of prostate and ovarian cancers, autoimmune diseases, and some childhood ailments. --The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
But I still need calcium, right?
Neither milk nor calcium intake >500 mg/day appears to have any beneficial effect on bones. However, achievable levels of exercise and fitness did have a favorable effect. --The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
Many factors are taken into consideration when finding calcium balance. Diets high in animal protein and salt will need more calcium. For a diet that follows our program, 500 mg/day of calcium is sufficient--and that will be easy to achieve on our program!
How can I get 500 mg/day of calcium without dairy?
There's no way I can pour kale over my cereal. How much of this stuff do I need to eat?
Just one four-ounce serving of steamed kale is equal to the calcium in a cup of milk! And you'll be absorbing 50% of it, instead of just 32% of the calcium in milk. If you can only eat dark, green vegetables when they're hidden in your food, and barely visible, go ahead and have a glass of fortified, unsweetened almond milk!
It's not easy to step out and do things differently, especially when it comes to food. Please feel free to share your thoughts on overcoming dairy dependence. We would love to hear how you've Discovered Optimal Wellness!
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