Having a spinal cord injury means my body is constantly fighting with its self, and then theres my stubbornness that is pushing my body to do things that someone with my injury shouldn’t technically be able to do, so lets just say my health is my number one priority as it should be everyones! I suffer with low immunity, and chronic fatigue because of my injury so to keep me functioning at an optimal level, I try to fill my body up with as much goodness as possible and that starts as soon as I wake up.
I have a cupboard above my bench that is literally full of superfoods and supplements. From powders, to vitamins to liquids, you name it and chances are its in there. Obviously getting these kinds of body nourishing foods are best straight from the raw, or whole food, but lets be honest, ain’t no body got time for that!
The easiest way to add all the good stuff into my diet is by throwing it all into a smoothie. That way you can not only disguise the taste but you are also getting the majority of your nutrients ingested first thing in the morning, and its done! Every thing else you eat throughout the day (thats good for you) is an added bonus!
Lets start with the green stuff shall we? Here are three supplements that I add to my smoothies every day.
Of all the super healthy greens, kale is the king!
It is definitely one of the healthiest and most nutritious plant foods in existence.
Kale is loaded with all sorts of beneficial compounds, some of which have powerful medicinal properties but the taste and texture can be off-putting. Nature’s Way Super Kale Powder contains all the nutrients of fresh kale in a convenient powder form that easily mixes in with cooking, smoothies and juices.
With 23 x more calcium than a glass of milk, and 14 x more iron than spinach, Nature’s Ways Super Kale is an Antioxidant power house.
Matcha literally means “powdered tea.” When you order traditional green tea, components from the leaves get infused into the hot water, then the leaves are discarded. With matcha, you’re drinking the actual leaves, which have been finely powdered and made into a solution.
Because matcha is made from high-quality tea, and the whole leaves are ingested, it’s a more potent source of nutrients than steeped green tea. In addition to providing small amounts of vitamins and minerals, matcha is rich in antioxidants called polyphenols, which have been tied to protection against heart disease and cancer, as well as better blood sugar regulation, blood pressure reduction, and anti-aging. Another polyphenol in matcha called EGCG has been shown in research to boost metabolism, and slow or halt the growth of cancer cells.
I like to pop a small tea spoon into a smoothie with banana, frozen mango pieces, spinach, greek yogurt and almond milk blend them all together and you will have yourself one de-lish super smoothie!
Probiotic Foods for Everyone
Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that are good for your health, especially your digestive system. We usually think of bacteria as something that causes diseases. But your body is full of bacteria, both good and bad. Probiotics are often called “good” or “helpful” bacteria because they help keep your gut healthy.
I love using this particular probiotic because the foods are all broken down into a powder and they are more easily absorbed, which means there is far greater chance of the nutrients, vitamins and minerals getting to your cells. If your food is absorbed then your body can restore. Without this happening it is impossible to be healthy!
All this talk about smoothies is making me hungry!