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TRY THESE GREAT TASTING SMOOTHIES WITH KALE

For a lot of people the minute they take a look at a smoothie that’s green is their stop sign to walk away and not even consider trying it. Also, many people still shy away from kale so I understand how far away they might want to get from smoothies with kale. Right, now however, I’d like to try and help you get over that hurdle when it comes to kale and smoothies with kale.

3 Simple Tips for Great Smoothies

Before you start any recipe for smoothies with kale or anything, here are a few simple tips to help you make it easier to make great smoothies.

  1. Always put your liquid in first. By doing this your blender blades are going to move more freely. Then you can add your veggies and/or fruit.
  2. Start off slow. If your blender has a variety of different speeds it’s best to start off on the lowest speed to help break up the fruit and veggies then up the speed to high.
  3. Finally, if you feel you added too much liquid then thicken it up with a few ice cubes.

 

I’ve done some searching and feel that I’ve found some pretty good recipes for smoothies with kale that actually might change a few minds when it comes to smoothies with kale.  This first one is actually a green smoothie that doesn’t even come close to having a “green” taste. It’s also kind of pretty. This is a super power packed smoothie that really doesn’t even taste like it’s healthy, so I highly suggest that you at least give it a shot.

 

Pineapple, Strawberry & Kale Smoothie

Ingredients

1 ½ cups of fresh strawberries

½ cup of milk

1 tablespoon of honey

1 cup of chopped kale

½ cup of chopped pineapple

1 chopped banana

½ cup of apple juice

ice

 

Directions

  1. Combine your strawberries, honey, milk, and ½ cup of ice in your blender and blend until smooth. Set this mixture aside.
  2. Next combine the kale, banana, pineapple, juice and another ½ cup of ice and blend these ingredients until smooth and set this mixture aside.
  3. Pour the strawberry mixture into a glass and then immediately top it off with the kale mixture.

This next smoothie is one of those smoothies with kale that is green but it has a very popular ingredient in it that many people enjoy and that’s peanut butter. This also contains a variety of fruit that helps take the edge off the kale.

Smoothie With Peanut Butter, Fruit & Kale

Ingredients

1 cup of chopped kale

1 cup of low fat milk

1 tablespoon of peanut butter

½ cup of chopped apple

½ cup of frozen mixed fruit

2 teaspoons of honey or Splenda

2 teaspoons of cinnamon

 

Directions

Add the chopped kale and milk to your blender and blend these two until it’s smooth. Add all the rest of your ingredients and blend until nice and frothy and smooth.

Here’s a really simple recipe for smoothies with kale that should please because of course, it’s made in combination with delicious strawberries and who doesn’t love strawberries?

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HEALTH AND FITNESS PARTNERSHIPS PROMOTE LOVE AND UNDERSTANDING

Hello, this is Sue and Steve speaking from the bottom of our healthy hearts. We’re very keen to get you to experience the same pleasures of being fit and healthy that we’ve been enjoying for the last couple of years.

Today, as a couple and because we’ve seen what it’s like to always be healthy and happy, we’ve become advocates for not just basic health and fitness but male and female health and fitness as well.

We mean to say that it would really be smashing if you could get your loved one to join you on a new drive towards looking and feeling great with flat stomachs, strong stomach muscles and equally attractive strong biceps and calf muscles as well. It would be stunning if you could encourage the one you love to join you in the kitchen to start preparing healthy and wholesome meals that are not just good for your cardiovascular health but are equally scrumptious as comforting meals which can only be enjoyed as loving couples know.

And while you’re seated at the dinner table, you’ve lighted those candles too. You’ve also lighted a little incense which does not overpower your senses to the degree that it interferes with your ability to enjoy every morsel of your greens and meat. Your green vegetables are now only organic. Your meat has a lot less fat in it than before. This is because the (red) meat you’re now eating together is grain-fed, fresh from the farm.

The benefits of exercising together as a couple cannot be explained any better other than to say that it is absolutely fabulous and we hope that we’ve spurred you on with this little play with words. Being wholesomely healthy and fit has allowed us to creatively explore new avenues in life which have led us onto the garden path towards the epitome of wellness. When we got together as a couple, we made a commitment that we would stay together for as long as realistically possible in order to cement our love for one another.

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SUE – NATURAL HEALTH APPROACHES

My previous contribution mentioned good old fashioned housekeeping can be used in a big way to get you in to shape and help create an overall healthy persona for yourself. Relax, ladies, I am not about to start instructing you on housekeeping. Oh, and that includes you too, guys. Gone are the days when the women do all the chores inside while you sit about relaxing in front of the TV with your remote and potato crisps.

It is all about mutual respect for one another. Share the workload, guys. Go fifty-fifty with the woman that you love. Remember what my husband said to you earlier. You guys naturally have more muscle on your bodies than the ladies. From time to time, there is going to be a need to do some heavy lifting, but without breaking your backs please. My husband may have already mentioned that to you, lifting excess heavy weights, unnecessarily really does more damage than good.

Here I am just going to give you a brief philosophical overview on what the natural health approaches to life entail. You may find whether I mention this later or not, that in terms of natural health approaches, there is always going to be an emphasis on including daily or regular exercise and eating a healthy, balanced diet. Mental health is possibly something to leave for a later post in which Steve will be having a similar chat with you, this time on wellness.

Natural health achieves balanced life outcomes. Apart from regular exercise, good eating, sleeping and living habits, natural health is influenced subconsciously on personal beliefs and/or faith. I find that the healthiest and fittest men and women around have all come from a trying background of never giving up on their transformation from being dangerously obese to being physical fit. In terms of treatments and remedies, especially when these are needed to treat illnesses and injuries, natural health relies, quite simply, on nature, and far less, if at all, on clinically prescribed treatments.

Until recently, the perception has always been that natural health as it was understood in western societies mainly has always leaned on ancient eastern practices. That perception is partially correct, but not entirely. I maintain, and Steve agrees with me on this, and as I just mentioned a moment ago, natural health implementation becomes a successful practice when it is informed by personal resolution and self-confidence.

It is also a matter of conscience, as in always listening to your body and responding positively to what it is trying to tell you – is it feeling lethargic perhaps, or is it really feeling wow – and common sense. There is no need to rely on a bible of health, as it were, and just a little light reading on the basics sets one on the correct path in utilising natural health practices successfully in one’s daily life. Apart from demystifying ancient eastern practice there is absolutely no truth to the lie that natural health practices and its inherent treatments and remedies relies heavily on mystic, heathen practices.

There is some mind to body strategies involved but as I mentioned earlier, let Steve focus on the mental aspect in his post. Stress management techniques are definitely an important part of the natural health processes. Ultimately, natural health practices strive to create a complete balance for the human body, heart and soul although this is never entirely achieved. I am not a big fan of science fiction nor am I a fan of relying completely on science to solve our mental and physical health problems. Our hearts, minds (and souls) and bodies are more than capable of solving our problems just as our ancient ancestors had been doing for centuries and thousands of years. Yes, it is true that prehistoric men and women did not live to a ripe old age as we are capable of doing today, but you must understand and appreciate the hostile environments they were living in at the time.

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STEVE – FITNESS TIPS

Okay, guys, this post is going to be mainly for the men. But the women in your lives are welcome to listen in too. Actually, my wife’s having a hard time with the approach I initially thought I’d take with this post, focusing on fitness tips for the guys. I was purely thinking from a man’s point of view also with an emphasis on building up on the muscles, bulking up, as it were. My focus is fairly simple, really. In proportion to body weight/mass, men naturally carry more muscle, or are supposed to anyway, than women.

I am not about to give you guys a training program to start working out with. What I will be doing is give you a motivational introduction on how the process all begins and how it should be followed through. As far as training, weight training as is the case here, is concerned, I highly recommend that you first go for a thorough check up at your local general practitioner and after he has cleared you for intensive exercise, register with a reputable gym and enrol the services of a personal trainer who will prepare a program that is customised in accordance with the doctor’s recommendations, if any, your unique physical characteristics and your body weight and current muscle mass.

GET YOURSELF A DIARY.

Right from the moment that you pay your doctor a visit, start keeping a diary of your exercise program and experience. You will be able to monitor closely how you performed on a particular day and how you felt after the workout. Perhaps you were feeling really jaded on a particular day. This could mean anything, from not eating a full breakfast to not getting enough sleep the previous night. On that note, let us briefly look at your dietary requirements and sleeping habits.

DIETARY REQUIREMENTS

In order to keep up your strength for your muscle building exercise program you are going to need to emphasise protein in your diet. Also, because you are going to be bulking up on muscle, the amount of food – balanced, three meals a day; breakfast, lunch and supper – must be equivalent to your body weight. So, if you’re a lightweight chap, you’re not going to be consuming as much protein and food as a heavyweight boxer, are you.

You also need to balance out the type of food you’re going to be consuming. Protein will be sourced mainly from meat, but take in equivalents from fish, high in essential fatty acids, and organic poultry. Try, if you can, to eliminate red meat from your diet altogether. To my mind, it contains too much fat and, even as an organic product, it still contains too many toxins. You can obtain protein from other sources such as unsalted nuts, legumes (beans) and even raw oats which is also high in fibre.

SLEEPING HABITS

The old dictum still applies. Get a minimum of eight hours sleep a night, if you can. Also try to go to bed early. The body is not programmed to be up so late in any event. Also, considering that you might have a busy work schedule, you might be factoring in weight training or non-weight exercises (such as jogging) for the early morning. And don’t leave training and eating to too late in the day. Your body needs to be sufficiently relaxed before you hit the sack.

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SUE – HEALTH IN GENERAL

Hello everybody, its Sue here. Guys, I almost apologized, but then I remembered that we are all scattered across the earth in different time zones. So, however long I thought I delayed our next published post to you it was actually inconsequential in the sense that you are all reading our posts at different times of your day that suit you best. It is always hoped that you are doing your reading when you are at your most relaxed after a long and hard day at work.

That brings me to the point I’d like to make about health in general. It’s philosophical, really. It is, of course, always my (or our) point of view that is being put forward in this personal space, but you will find that the more extensive your internet and book reading is, the more likely you are to find similar views being expressed. Who knows, perhaps some of you have similar views. And whether or not they are similar, differ, or wholly disagree with what we have said, you are more than welcome to share it with us here.

My thought began with a universal question. Why are poor people so unhealthy? I’m going to look beyond the obvious here. Yes, we are all in agreement and should know this well by now; poor people generally don’t have enough to eat during the day. If the poorest of the poor have any luck during their hard days, then they are only sharing one meal a day. But, do you know what, poor people, the one’s that do at least have jobs to go to every morning, can be healthy.

They can look after themselves without much input from those perceived to have knowledge of the matter. One of the things lacking in poor people’s lives is the matter of literacy. Many poor folks do have TV sets in their homes, and here it gets interesting because some of you, or is it many of you, should be able to relate to this, and after a hard day at work, they spend the rest of the night watching TV. Because of their low illiteracy levels, they bypass meaningful programmes, documentaries, talk shows and self-help guides, in favour of action movies, maniacal wrestling shows and sports.

Most of the working poor have had a basic education and can read and write. After all, many of them have to do some of this during their working day. I keep on hoping that someday, instead of glossing over trashy tabloids, they would take an interest in more serious matters such as health and fitness. And in any case, folks don’t even need access to the library and books to empower themselves with the basic knowledge required to get into shape and provide their children with healthy meals every day.

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