Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Having trouble getting your veggies in?

Here's a quick way to get your veggies in. Put them in your smoothie, make it the night before, keep the blender in the refrigerator and just press whip before you leave the house, and you have a quick on-the-go shake full of antioxidants. In a Vitamixer (the best powerful blender available on the products tab of http://www.livitician.com/, select the vitamix link) place all these ingredients in and blend: Ingredients: 1/2 cup of frozen chopped spinach (pesticide free or organic-just throw it in frozen, no pre-cooking needed), 3/4 cup frozen organic strawberries, 1 cup organic frozen wild blueberries, 1/2 cup organic vanilla yogurt, 3 1/2 cups unsweetened soy milk, 1 Tbsp. Bob's Red Mill All Natural Powdered Egg whites, 1 banana. Enjoy 1 cup to 12 ounces as a snack full of calcium, vitamin C, potassium, iron, high fiber carbohydrates to fuel/energize you, and high biological value protein to sustain you optimally for 3 to 4 hours.

Also, disguise your veggies in some brownies (blend some spinach or zucchini in your chocolate brownie mix, it sounds bizarre but it does work, anything tastes good with chocolate)! Have one indulgence a day is part of the Livit plan, if you desire it, the best way to fit desserts in is as part of a meal, or eaten within 2 hours after a meal, by decreasing some of your carbs. For example, replace 1 cup of pasta with 1/2 cup of dessert or a 4 inch brownie. Enjoy LIVITING!!!

Deborah A. Klein, MS, RD

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