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Want to Add More Greens to Your Life?…Invest in a Blender

We just bought the VitaMix Blender… “the bomb” of blenders. It wasn’t cheap…not even close, but it’s already worth it after just a few days. We have had our share of other smoothie makers, juicers, and blenders and have had to throw them out after burning out the rubber, breaking a blade, or after one of the kids stuck a fork in it to see if it would “blend”. I have always wanted a heavy duty blender but frankly I just wouldn’t spend the money. Recently though my husband and I have decided to really put our money where our mouth is and start moving to a more raw food diet. We aren’t going fanatic on anyone, don’t worry. But we are trying to make some serious progress in becoming a more healthy family. The Vita Mix blender is one way to help with that process. So today I am asking others to share their opinions about blending and juicing and what kind of equipment they are using…whether it’s an inexpensive brand or you have to take out a second mortgage to pay for it.

Most green foods, such as spinach, kale, and broccoli, are considered super foods because they contain a high amount of antioxidants. Plenty of vitamin A, C and E can be found in most green foods, in addition to other important nutrients such as iron and zinc. Antioxidants play a major role in protecting our bodies from viruses and even certain diseases, so they’re important to health. Eating at least three servings of greens each day will provide our bodies with enough antioxidants to keep us protected. While salads are a great way to add these super foods to our diets, making smoothies can be a way to add some greens that are maybe not as palatable on our salad plate. The following are the ingredients I used to make my green smoothie yesterday (I get excited just thinking about the possibilities)!

Green Smoothie (remember this was for my rather large family):
2 Barlett pears
1 c. green grapes
1 banana
1 1/2 c. kale
2 sticks celery
1 cucumber (peeled)
2 c. ice cubes
1/2 c. water

So healthy…and pretty tasty too! What are your favorite green ingredients?

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