It is back to school time, which is extra exciting for me because I am headed back to school both as a teacher AND a student! This week I’ll be starting my 2nd, and final, year as a student of holistic nutrition (!!!); and I’m also headed back to school as a kindergarten teacher 🙂 I’ve decided to combine my passions for nutrition and helping children through a little series about packing healthy lunches for kids!
Packing a lunch can sometimes feel like a tedious chore, but it’s really important because children need to eat healthy snacks at school to provide them with energy, helping them to concentrate and do their best. Unfortunately, not all foods provide this desirable effect, and can in fact result in hyperactivity, fatigue, or distracting stomach aches.
The colour and taste of this smoothie was unbelievable, my mouth was stained for part of the morning, but it was worth it. I recently got a juicer and beets are one of my favourite things to juice because of their earthy and sweet flavour. Not to mention that beet juice packs a big nutritional punch. Some of the cited health benefits of beet juice include:
Increased stamina or energy because of it’s high concentration of natural nitrates. Nitrates help increase blood flow in your body.
Lowered blood pressure
Decreases inflammation in the body because it’s a strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties
It’s ability to detox the liver
…And the list goes on, but just as a reminder, if you’re not going to drink this smoothie for it’s health benefits, you can still drink it for it’s delicious taste.
I recently bought a plant-based protein powder with a flavour that I hadn’t had before, Coconut Almond, and this was the first smoothie I tried it in… it was sweet and delicious!
The protein powder I used is Vega One’s All-In-One Nutritional Shake. This plant based protein powder is vegan, gluten-free, has no added sugar, and is made with whole food ingredients. A single scoop has 20g of complete protein, 6 servings of greens, and is full of antioxidants, probiotics, fibre, and omega-3 fatty acids.
Beautiful, delicious and healthy. This drink reminds me of when I was a slushy obsessed kid, and how I often couldn’t choose between two flavours, so I would just get them both. It always tasted better mixed anyway 🙂
I’ve been reading a little bit about dairy (but not too much that I’m turned off from eating it) and how it can be rough on your digestion. I’m a huge cheese and yogurt lover, so I don’t know how I could live 100% without those two things, but I bought some Daiya “cheese” to test out in a couple of recipes. This one, so far has been my favourite! I wasn’t even missing the dairy.
How do you guys feel about dairy and your health/digestion? I’m ready/equally unready to learn more about it…