Do you ever feel besieged by diet advice? Working with food and reading many blogs I see much, and often contradictory information. 5:2, South Beach, Paleo etc… Rules, rules and more rules. Counting, charting and considering. It is enough to make my head spin and make me reach for the chocolate.
No more! I am throwing the diet book and information out of the (virtual) window, and going back to basics. Inspired by Sophie’s wise words a couple of years ago I am going to follow one simple rule – eat a generous portion of (raw) vegetables with every meal whenever you can.
How simple is that? Vegetables fill you up and are good for you. Raw vegetables have all the benefits of more vitamins and take longer to eat, thus avoiding some of the over-eating caused by your brain not registering your stomach is full. They are nutrient, but not calorie, dense and are not full of sugar like many fruits.
I’ll say it again:
Forget diets and eat a generous portion of (raw) vegetables with every meal whenever you can.
Ever since the arrival of the itamix I’ve been enjoying green smoothies for breakfast most days – it is an easy way to add a hefty helping of both fruit and vegetables to your diet and I am always astonished at how you simply cannot taste the green; usually spinach or kale, in the drink. It is the ultimate in stealth vegetable consumption.
Recently I’ve been making my smoothies even greener with the addition of a spoon of powdered wheat or barley greens – a nutritional power house packed with “18 amino acids as well as beta-carotenes, folic acid, pantothenic acid, vitamin B1, B2, B6 and vitamin C; also minerals including potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron, copper, phosphorus, manganese and zinc”, which when mixed into a smoothie almost undetectable.
- Large handful kale or spinach leaves
- Handful frozen grapes
- 1 peach
- 1 banana
- 1 dsp flax or linseed
- 1 dsp powdered greens
- 1 dsp coconut oil
Place all the ingredients into the blender, together with a little water and blend until smooth. Serve immediately.