Hello friends! This is my first blog post and I couldn’t be more excited about having this new space to share with you more healthy recipes, health information, motivational stories, tips for a healthy home and personal care products and practices. I hope all this information will help you achieve your goals in your health and happiness journey.
I started @ElenasHealthyWays as an Instagram account to be able to help more people than I could help via my private Integrative Health Coaching consultations. After receiving amazing support from people from all over the world, I was inspired and motivated and started sharing similar content on my Elena’s Healthy Ways accounts on Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, Pinterest, and finally, right here on my blog.
I decided that my first blog post should be about the one healthy habit that started a journey towards a healthier lifestyle for me. It was nothing complicated, I only made the decision to add more fruits and vegetables to my diet in an easy and delicious way. I started experimenting with lots of healthy concoctions. Ones tasted better than others but soon enough I came out with a couple of recipes that were delicious and that I thought my kids and husband will venture to try. Surprisingly enough, it was easier than what I had expected to get them all on board. The curiosity for trying out what I was drinking daily was stronger than the weird colors and preconceived notion that a smoothie with green leaves will taste awful by default. Plus, the rule was, and still is, that it had to taste really good! Life is too short to eat bad tasting food. Also, when trying to adopt new healthy habits for life, you have to find something that you enjoy.
I have made this smoothie thousands of times for my family and it’s always a winner. It is not too sweet nor to acidic and it will not taste like green vegetables. This smoothie is one that everyone enjoys. If it’s your first time making green smoothies, I would suggest following the recipe below the first time and then adjusting to your preferences. If you prefer a sweeter flavor, you can add more fruit. Once you become familiar with green smoothies, and more natural flavors, you can try to add less fruit and more greens. I will include some substitutions that you can try to make it your own. I believe that you should always change recipes to your liking. The concept of bio individuality applies to the different types of foods that work better for your body but also to the combinations and tastes that appeal to you the most. If you want green smoothies to become a habit, they have to taste good to you and do your body good as well.
- 1 cup of pineapple
- 1 frozen banana
- 1½ cups of water
- 1 cup of kale
- A very thin slice of ginger
- Optional: 1 tablespoon of hemp seeds for additional protein and nutrients.
- Just blend everything together and enjoy.
You can substitute the water for unsweetened almond milk or for coconut water.
You can substitute the kale for romaine or any other type of lettuce.