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Green Pina Colada Smoothie

Pineapple is a very sweet fruit that can be added into green juices and smoothies to cut back the bitter taste of green vegetables. But pineapple also has tons of health benefits that can make it even more appealing to add into your smoothies. Pineapples are:pineapple -High in Vitamin C, Vitamin A and Beta-carotene -Anti-Inflammatory -Supports a healthy immune system -Promotes healthy gums -Improves digestion -Contains Bromelain enzyme that helps protein digestion -Helps with arthritis symptoms

Pineapples can be eaten simply by themselves, added into savory dishes, or used as a sweetener in smoothies such as the one below.

 

 

Green Pina Colada Smoothiesmoothie Serves 2 Ingredients: • 2 frozen bananas • 1 cup of frozen pineapple • 2 cups of spinach • 1 cup of coconut milk Directions: 1. Blend the banana, pineapple, spinach and coconut milk together on high. 2. Enjoy with coconut flakes sprinkled on top or a wedge of pineapple on the side!

Recipe by: Colleen Stanko

Beyond Nutrition Green Smoothie

This holiday season was A LOT of fun and A LOT of eating. In fact when you take away allllllllllllll the sugary foods I've eaten my meals aren't really that bad at all. Plug back in the goodies and "Whoops there goes another rubber tree"! My belly was literally bursting at the seams, but it felt great... I actually need to put a little more meat on my bones. Well after the dust is settled it's definitely time to get back in gear and flush out everything that tasted so good goin in. I know that if I'm in that boat I'm sure you are too so please allow me to help you a bit with what really works for me. Here's the green smoothie that I'm currently making...

Beyond Nutrition Green Smoothie = water base + fruit + leafy greens + veggies + special ingredients

Water Base 1-1/2 cups of filtered Water

Fruit To Take Over The Flavor 1 whole Apple; OR 3/4 cup of Blueberries; OR 1 cup of Fresh Pineapple

Leafy Greens 2-3 Kale stalks 1 Radish with stalk and leaves

Veggies 1-2 full Carrots (I like the rainbow carrots- red, purple, white, yellow, orange) 5-6 Half Asparagus stalks

Special Ingredients 1 teaspoon of Fresh Organic Ground Cinnamon

Seriously this is beyond nutrition right here! Here's my exact method to purge everything ungodly and naughty right out of your body so that the bad stuff doesn't stand a chance...

Beyond Nutrition Green Smoothie Method I start EVERY evening meal with this little green blend, fill it up to about 10oz, and make sure I never go a day without it. By doing that you shuttle in the nutrients and since it goes before all meals you engage your body's enzymes to better digest all other more aggressive foods such as meats, fats, etc. Often times I drink this smoothie first and then wait about 30 minutes to allow it to work its magic before continuing on to the next course. Most of my days I practice Intermediate Fasting and don't eat any food(water & tea of course during the day) until the evening, but if you're not into that this Green Machine will still do the trick for you too.

Enjoy!

Ice Pack For Low Back & Super Yummy Smoothie

Check out this cool ice pack I bought for my lower back, which really helps with the inflammation of the disc herniation that I have at L4/L5, and I also tell you about the amazing smoothie I drank after my workout too. The ingredients are below the video for you to make it yourself when you're done watching.

Smoothie Ingredients

1  1/4 cup of Chopped Watermelon

1/4 of Fresh Pineapple

1 tsp of Maca Root Powder

3 tsp of Almond Meal

I blended everything together in my Vitamix and downed it. Wow that was good!  I hope you enjoy it too.

How To Combat Season Allergies By Eating Healthy

For years I've suffered so stinkin bad from allergies. I used to have to take 4 allergy meds just to live somewhat comfortably each day. I would take two oral pills and two different nasal sprays. I absolutely hate taking any meds because of the damage it does to the body. Meds are poison to our system.

Some illnesses can definitely be helped with meds so don't think I'm warding off all purposes and uses for them. In the case of allergies they are something that we can avoid having to take if we make the necessary dietary changes to promote healthy living. This trickles over from just trying to be healthy or having a healthy mindset to that of actually being healthy and living it every day.

There are a few things that I recommend for making our bodies balanced and combating allergies head on as well as achieving lasting health overall. First I recommend infrequent to zero grain consumption. They are not healthy whatsoever.

That's the bottom line and I encourage you to not buy into the food industry and government propaganda regarding eating your Wheaties and oatmeal for fiber and a healthy heart. That's rubbish! More on that here: Grains Are Unhealthy.

Once you've removed grains from your diet it'll take about 8 weeks to fully reap the rewards from this and any direct changes internally, but you'll notice the fat loss and energy effects almost overnight.

People also recommend taking bee pollen for season allergies as well. Bee pollen is something, if you use it, to definitely get locally or as local as you can. A lot of people like it, but many still have no changes. I am one of them. In fact it actually made me ill. You've gotta slowly work your way up, over the course of weeks, to more mega amounts- the amounts that actually make the difference IF and only IF you can internally handle it.

What I recommend is the Paleo style of eating and it is awesome not only to help your body be rid of allergic responses as much as naturally possible, but also this eating lifestyle will rebalance your body which in turn makes you lose fat fast. In the quick and short Paleo eating is eating foods that are pre-agriculture and more digestible/absorbable for human bodies.

If you desire to know more about that go here:  Mark Sisson's Primal BluePrint.  Personally I apply Paleo/Primal principles and Intermediate Fasting (food timing) for best results.

Another thing that's great for allergies is Quercetin which is a very good natural anti-histamine. Quercetin is a bioflavonoid from citris fruits, buckwheat, and onions. Those are the best sources, but it also comes in supplement form. When purchasing supplements pay VERY close attention and make sure no other fillers, binders, or crap is tossed in alongside it. Get quality cause you're worth it.

Alongside dietary changes just be sure to eat alkaline and anti-inflammatory. This means a lot of greens, cucumbers (are one of the most alkalizing foods), pineapple, ginger, and turmeric. Steer clear of nightshades: tomatoes, potatoes (yams and sweet are fine), all peppers, eggplant, and tobacco are the most popular.

These are pro-inflammatory foods. Yes, besides tobacco, they are health promoting; however when suffering inflammatory issues they are extremely counter-productive.

I hope that helps you overcome season allergies as well as lose weight, increase strength, and feel more energized every day of your life.

What You Should Drink For Post Workout Recovery

I've been doing something for quite a while now that has been working so well.

I blend 1 cup of organic, unsweetened coconut milk or raw milk with 1 cup of pineapple and 2 tablespoons of organic 100% cacao powder or cacao nibs, 1 teaspoon of maca root powder, and 1-2 tblspns of chia seeds. After that you can add some raw pasture (real cage-free) eggs to the mix like in my Rocky Balboa Muscle Building Smoothie. If you are vegan simply toss in walnuts or almonds in place of the eggs.
The pineapple has an enzyme in it called Bromelian. Bromelian breaks down proteins as well as is anti-inflammatory. Both are great benefits that I want. It also has just enough natural sugar to sweeten the shake so that the chocolate isn't as bitter.
You can pick up a bag of Navitas Naturals cacao powder at Whole Foods, Fruitful Yield, or other health food stores. It has ZERO sugars in it.

This is soooooo good tasting and very, very beneficial for overall recovery cause of the high antioxidants, enzymes, protein, and super healthy fats. Personally I've experienced great results on this recovery smoothie and it's also much, much cheaper than most anything else. Many of the old school strong men, like Arnold Schwarzenegger and Big Lou Ferrigno, used to drink chocolate milk after their workouts. So this is something I've known about for a while and it definitely works. Sometimes the best things are the simpliest things. No need for fancy and expensive supplements. Stick with what works and always stick with the basics.