Leafy Green Smoothie for Reduced Anxiety

Omega-3sThose that know me know I have bouts of general anxiety disorder (sometimes not so general) So i my reading on finding ways to reduce or eliminate my anxiety I have found that Omega 3s are quite helpful. In studies those that have increased their Omega 3s had shown a reduction in anxiety and depression. Most people get their Omega 3s from fish and fish oil tablets. A better way is in a smoothie!

No not blending your fish, but rather with dark leafy greens!  Leafy greens are a great source of Omega 3s, not as much as that fish but still a good source. Spinach and Kale along with Broccoli tops the list of good sources. Flaxseed is also rich in Omega 3s so that is why I try adding it to every smoothie I can!

Here is a great green smoothie to help with your anxiety and depression.

  • 2 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 4 stalks fresh kale
  • 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1/2 large orange
  • 1/2 cup rice milk
  • 2  bananas
  • 2 tablespoon ground flax seed

Blend in the veggies with the milk first, then add each of the fruits and finally the flaxseed. Blend until creamy and smooth! Serves about 3.

Pomegranate-Blueberry Smoothie

pomegranate

Yummy Pomegranate Smoothies

Another refreshing recipe using one of my favorite juices, pomegranate, and the antioxidant power of blueberries! Of course a banana for creaminess, and a bit of yogurt for added protein. This makes a very tasty way to start your day or a refreshing way to cool off in the afternoon.

  • 1 12 oz. pkg of frozen unsweetend bluberries
  • 1 large banana sliced
  • 1 cup Pom pure pomegranate juice
  • 1 cup crushed ice
  • 1 cup greek yogurt, plain.

Place it all in the blender and blend away! Remember liquids and soft items first, frozen items last (smaller of these first)! You may need to add a bit of water to get things moving if it is to thick for you. Makes 3-4 servings

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Super size it please – When buying frozen does pay

I need to back track on my post ‘Freeze you own fruits and save‘ as sometimes it can be more economical to buy fruits pre-frozen. I made a trip to Costco last week and made a discovery. I know many of you most likely already knew about this but maybe some havent and will appreciate this. First I found a 6lb bag of strawberries from kirkland. This bag was about $9.00 if I remember correctly. Now compare this to buying 3 baskets at the farmers market which we were paying about $7 I believe. It no where comes close to the size of this bag and the bag had all prime berries (loved the smell coming from the bag every time I opened it).

I also found a 5lb bag of blueberries by Northwest Origins for about the same price. A package of blueberries at the local health food store runs about $3 a basket and again 3 baskets come no where close to 5lbs. These were large and juicy blueberries as well, very tasty. I also purchased a bag of mango chunks but I think its about break even on them, could go either way.

For those not in the know, Costco is our big warehouse store. You know the one where you can get 1000 rolls of toilet paper, or a case of a dozen toothpaste tubes. Well if you have one in your area it may be worth it to join and check them out. Another bonus to mine is I save over $30 a month on prescriptions at their pharmacy.

Havent found any bags that can beat out freezing my own peaches yet. Currently .88 a pound at the market and that beats any frozen bag I have seen anywhere so far.

So look around and maybe you can find a similar deal in your neck of the woods and start saving some money.

Do you do any warehouse store shopping and do you buy your fruits there?

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Breakfast Berry Blast Smoothie

Breakfast Berry Blast Smoothie

Breakfast Berry Blast Smoothie

This Healthy smoothie is very smooth, creamy and and tasty. A great way to start the morning with everything you need. lots of protein, vitamins and antioxidants. Great with a bowl of oatmeal or a tall glass to go.
1/2 frozen strawberries (3-4 large ones)
1/2 frozen blueberries
1/2 frozen cranberries
1/4 cup of non fat vanilla yogurt
1/4 of water
1/2 banana (optional but recommended!)

With the yogurt you can use soy or other style to substitute, I like to use Greek style as it has highest amount of protein and I can tolerate a little diary in my diet. Now the banana, well I put half in my oatmeal so just threw the other half (it was a large banana) into the smoothie and adds to the creaminess of it over all (not to mention potassium and fiber). This made a single tall glass, you can double it of course to make more (wish I did). Oh and add a little ground flaxseed to get your Omega-3’s!

Let me know below what you thought of it!

Very Berry Pineapple Smoothie

Berry Pineapple Smoothie

Berry Pineapple Smoothie

This one I just made this afternoon and may be my new favorite (till the next one) loaded with berries (thus antioxidents) and is very healthy and as always when you add pineapple it becomes the dominant flavor.

1 Cup frozen pineapple chunks
1/3 Cup frozen blueberries
1/3 Cup frozen cranberries
1 Cup frozen strawberries
1 banana
1 tablespoon of ground flaxseed
1/4-1/2 cup of water

Start out with about the 1/4 of water, adding more if it is to thick to blend. Of course you can use fresh fruit if you wish. If you do substitute the water with 1/2 of ice instead.

Makes about 1 1/2-2 servings

Orange-Blueberry Smoothie

Orange Blueberry Smoothie

Orange Blueberry Smoothie

Here’s a good one for you to get a good dose of your vitamin C and  a bucket load of antioxidants to help you feel healthy and younger (opinion not an FDA fact!). Great start to your day as a full breakfast on the go!

2 oranges (peeled of course) or 1/4 orange juice.
1/2 cup plain, non-fat yogurt
1/2 cup washed, stemmed blueberries
honey or agave to taste
2 cups of ice

This makes about 2-3 servings, not my type of serving that would be 1. I prefer to use the fresh oranges from the juice, as most juice is from concentrate and has lots of added sugars.