Like you, I’ve been on a journey, a food journey. And, this journey has recently lead me to explore the world of smoothies, green drinks, and green shakes. Now, I understand this isn’t terribly groundbreaking for those who have their own green-drink-groove going. But you never know what you can learn from a rookie. Especially one who isn’t afraid to experiment in the kitchen.
A few months ago, I figured that I could use more fruits and vegetables in my life. When it comes down to it, most of us can. I am fortunate in that my wife and I really enjoy cooking (and eating). We enjoy the time spent together, the savings, and maintaining a diet of ‘real’ foods. While we rarely eat highly processed foods—we pretty much eat what we want. I’ve never bought into fads when it comes to eating. Rather, I’ve stuck with creating meals from scratch using whole ingredients from all food groups, and it has done well for me. It’s also no secret that much is left to be desired in the average North American diet.
For many reasons, the general bias in my eating habits doesn’t include as many raw fruits and vegetables as they could.
I do, however, consider myself a fairly advanced consumer of New Earth’s nutritionals. My average daily intake includes about: 12-15 caps of Mind Wild Microalgae, 10 total Acidophilus, Bifidus, and Spectrabiotic, 3-5 Flex, 4-5 Renew, and Enzymes + for meals and sometimes just for funsies.
But I have also heard about these delicious blended drinks that have these life-giving properties that feature a variety of essential nutrients including micronutrients, phytopigments, enzymes, and antioxidants…
Going From CouldaShouldaWoulda to Gonna
I started with the equipment. I found a good deal on a refurbished blender. If I already had a blender I’d use that but I have never owned a blender other than an immersion blender, and that’s a different animal entirely. (The Immersion blender works way better than a traditional blender to get solicitors off your property, trust me on this.)
Then I started to compare and triangulate some recipes and got a shopping list together.
I picked up the following: apples, oranges, pineapple, banana, strawberries, spinach, mint, chia seeds, ginger, and almond milk.
Once I had all of my ingredients I prepped them and started piling them into the blender along with some Mind Wild Microalgae (a blue green algae called aphanizomenon flos aquae or AFA), almond milk, and some ice.
What came out was a wonderfully delicious and nicely textured smoothie. I hear that the chia seeds make a nice texture and that paired with the banana created a nice smooth, uh…, smoothie! (It does).
I’ve never had so much fun eating and enjoying New Earth nutritionals… And, I’ve never had such a good time adding these superfoods to my diet.
As I developed my routine, I realized how much I enjoy the ritual of experimenting with different ratios of ingredients, shopping for new ingredients, and balancing their use so that I don’t end up with a mug of pure spinach (never go full Popeye).
Each day, I look forward to creating something that’s wholesome, adds tangible benefits, and increases the quality of my life. The very act of creating in this form is a pleasure to me.
So what do I feel with my new morning regimen? A bit more energy, a bit more mental clarity, and better elimination (maybe TMI but it’s important!). But nothing profound—I haven’t been really under the weather since the early 1990’s—and I credit very stable health to a decent diet, some exercise, and consistent use of New Earth’s nutritionals.
So adding smoothies to my diet is for the same reason I eat New Earth products: It makes sense to do so for a million reasons, and I want to feel good for many decades to come.
The Rookie Smoothie
Makes about 32oz.
½ pineapple slice
5 leaves of spinach
5-6 mint leaves
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 thin slice of ginger
½ cup almond milk
4 emptied capsules Mind
About a cupped hands full of ice
Pile in a blender, blend away and enjoy!
Article by Justin Straus, New Earth Director of Marketing and long-time algae consumer.