Laura Deutsch of Instill Health Suggests 3 Healthy Greens to Try this St. Patty’s Day

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Push aside the corn beef and cabbage for these delicious green smoothies to celebrate St. Patrick‘s Day and healthy living

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

Certified health coach and busy mom Laura Deutsch knows that developing good eating habits takes more than just the luck of the Irish. But thanks to her online resource Instill Health, it just got a whole lot easier to maintain optimal health and wellness for you and your family. Through Instill Health, Laura offers online programs, one-on-one coaching and speaking engagements, along with a blog, and a recipe bookletLucky for us, Deutsch decided to share some of her tips and tricks on how to drink your way to a healthier lifestyle starting this St. Patrick’s Day.

“Kale, spinach, and broccoli are three of the healthiest green vegetables around.  Filled with vitamins and nutrients, these powerhouses should be included in your diet on a regular basis.  In honor of St. Patty’s Day, I am going to show you how easy and delicious it can be to consume these healthy, green foods every day.  Yes, that’s right – every day!  How?  By DRINKING them for breakfast!

“I am a huge morning smoothie fan.  There is nothing better than starting your day with an infusion of vegetables.  Most people do not eat nearly enough vegetables recommended for a healthy diet, which is anywhere between 2 1/2 cups and 6 1/2 cups per day.  You can dramatically increase your odds of consuming an adequate amount of veggies on a daily basis by making them a regular part of your breakfast.

“Why my obsession with veggies?  Because there is nothing better for you.  This quote by whgoods.org says it best: ‘You need to eat vegetables every day because you simply cannot find another food group that is as perfectly matched to our everyday human needs as vegetables. Vegetables fit us like a glove. From so many different perspectives, the nature of vegetables and the nature of human health are matched up in a way that simply cannot be duplicated by other food groups, including fruits, legumes, nuts and seeds, grains, seafoods, or poultry and meats.’

“So this St. Patrick’s Day, instead of green beer, try out one of these green smoothies and do your body some (healthy) green good!”

– Laura Deutsch

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Spinach Banana Smoothie

Ingredients

1 cup almond milk

1 cup frozen spinach

1/4 avocado

1 banana

Option to sweeten with 1 tablespoon raw, organic honey, a few prunes or stevia to taste

Directions

Blend the almond milk and spinach in a blender first.  Add the rest of the ingredients and blend on high for one minute.  

Broccoli-Colada 

 Ingredients

1 cup coconut milk

1.5 cup broccoli florets

1 cup frozen pineapple

1/2 banana

Option to sweeten with 1 tablespoon raw, organic honey, a few prunes or stevia to taste

Directions

Blend the coconut milk and broccoli in a blender first.  Add the rest of the ingredients and blend on high for one minute.  

Apple Kale Smoothie

Ingredients

1 cup almond milk

1 cup frozen kale

1 apple

Option to sweeten with 1 tablespoon raw, organic honey, a few prunes or stevia to taste

Directions

Blend the almond milk and kale in a blender first.  Add the apple and blend on high for one minute.