The Best Shots In Life Are Green

The healthy lifestyle has been a trench for the last few years, and everyone is jumping on the bandwagon.  With this trend came a lot of things that are suppose to be good for you, but how good are they really?  I’ve been buying wheatgrass shots for the last few months but it only occurred to me a week ago to actually look into this “liquid gold” shot.  All I knew is it’s suppose to be good for you, and that was enough for me to buy it.

My research showed me that in fact wheatgrass is super good for you!
Here is why…

Because of its high chlorophyll content, wheatgrass has a strong alkalizing and detoxifying effect on the body.  You may have heard a lot of buzz surrounding the healthiness of vegetables, especially leafy green vegetables with deep, rich color tones. In many ways, they’re perfect foods and part of the credit is owed to the chlorophyll they contain. Chlorophyll is a green pigment that’s instrumental in photosynthesis. Research also suggests it’s instrumental in promoting good health.

Like all chlorophyll-rich green plants, wheatgrass is high in oxygen and therefore an excellent source of natural energy.  I have had a sluggish day and gone on my lunch break to get a wheatgrass shot and instantly I have felt better!  It really is amazing what these little shots can do you you.

Wheatgrass is superior to other green plants because it has more than 100 elements needed by humans.  Do I even have to explain that one?

Because it boosts your immune system. This is because the wheatgrass shot will activate the white blood cells in your body.

It has the ability to alleviate stress.  Wheatgrass reduces high blood pressure and that in turn will cause you to become less stressed.  And you’ll be healthier than before, so right there should make you more relaxed! 

I am fortunate enough to have an organic juice bar very close to my work, but I know not everyone has that luxury.  Here are a few options that you can do at home: Amazing Grass Organic Wheat Grass Powder,Amazing Grass Organic Wheat Grass Individual Servings, and Certified Organic Wheatgrass Growing Kit.  Of course the powders are going to be a lot easier than growing you own but if you want to really commit I would suggest growing you own! 

Avocado, Strawberry, and Banana Smoothie

One of my favorite things to put into my smoothies is a ripe avocado.  There are plenty of reasons why you should go out and eat an avocado right now.  Most notably: avocados are the only fruit that provides a large amount of monounsaturated fat (the healthy kind). Avocados are a naturally nutrient-dense food and contain nearly 20 vitamins and minerals!  If that’s not reason enough to incorporate them into your diet then I don’t know what is.

Today I used what I had in my kitchen, which lead to:

Two medium bananas
Half an avocado
1 cup of frozen strawberries 
Water

At this point all you need to do is throw it in a blender and enjoy!

Acai Bowls: Eating a smoothie with a spoon

In my journey of discovering the vegan lifestyle there are “cult favorites” I am bound to run into.  You would expect for me to love them, as it seems everyone else does.  But this has not been the case for most of them; who knows maybe I’m just the only honest person around here?

There is an organic juice bar in my area called Sip.  They have a huge menu of juices, smoothies, meals, and acai bowls.  Lucky me it is a two minute drive from my work!  One morning I decided to treat myself and pay $18.00 for a juice and acai bowl, crazy, I know.   The juice was amazing.  But the acai bowl was less than desirableScreen Shot 2015-05-15 at 1.40.23 PM.

This is acai bowl #2 which is: Pure unsweetened Brazilian acai, coconut milk, banana, date & topped with coconut and Jenergy granola.  Sounds great right?  

Well it was like I was spooning a smoothie into my mouth, or worse like I was eating baby food!  Why was I eating a smoothie with a spoon?  Where was my straw?  These were the thoughts going through my head, it was just a smoothie in a bowl with fresh fruit and too little granola. Don’t get my wrong, it tasted delightful especially when I was able to get the little chunks of granola in with each bite.  It was just a very weird sensation.

Would I get it again?  Maybe,  I would like to make my own with a large amount of granola and even more fresh fruit.  I think that would be the key to making this something I will love.

Final thoughts: I would always suggest you try everything yourself and make your own choices!  But I would suggest getting extra yummies added into your acai bowl so it’s not the consistency of baby food.