A Shake a Day to Keep Sickness at Bay

posted on January 15th 2013 in Heart Health with 0 Comments

Shakes are a convenient and portable meal option – especially handy for breakfast on those busy mornings. Shakes are a great solution for getting healthy nutrition in our bodies even with a hectic schedule or busy lifestyle. In fact, a well-planned shake can be extremely beneficial for your body – a great way to pack in those nutrient-rich health-promoting and disease-fighting foods in a quick, easy, and delcious way. Shakes can be especially fun if you involve the kids.

Try this great Shake recipe I use often – one of my favorites!

Strawberry Kale Shake

6-8 medium to large leaves of kale
1/4 avocado or 1/8 banana or both (if using banana, I like to use frozen as this adds a thicker consistency to the shake-go easy on the amount of banana as it is a high glycemic fruit)
2 cups of frozen strawberries (or a mix of different berries)
1 cup of almond milk (coconut milk or water)
1-2 tablespoons of flax seeds, chia seeds or both
1 scoop of rice/pea protein powder (I switch between chocolate and vanilla, depending on my mood at the moment. This shake is delicious with either one)

1. First add in the liquid ingredients with the kale, apple, seeds and protein powder. Blend for 30 seconds.
2. Slowly add in the frozen berries so the blender doesn’t get stuck. If it does, add in more liquid.

Note: If you prefer a thicker consistency, add in more frozen berries or ice to get the desired consistency.

Most importantly – have fun with it. “Shake” up your recipe with what looks great at the produce market, try a little more veggies, or a little more fruit, swap out almond milk for coconut for a more tropical feel.

Let’s hear your favorite breakfast options – how do you get your body ready for the day ahead?

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