Friday, January 28, 2011

good fuel = productive day

You know you’re a food nerd when you wake up to a text message containing a photo of a kale smoothie…

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…which inspired me to make my own smoothie this morning. Because I used up all the kale in stock during my recent experiment, I decided to try another leafy green…swiss chard.

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Naturally, I had to play food detective to get the details on this colorful stemmed leafy green:

  • from the chenopod family (also includes beets, spinach, and quinoa)
  • contains at least 13 different polyphenol antioxidants that have detoxification and anti-inflammatory properties
  • may assist in blood sugar regulation
  • good source of thiamin, folate, zinc, fiber, vitamins A, C, E, K, B6; riboflavin, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper and manganese.

I have to say that my smoothie {which also contained an apple, banana, 1 T of almond butter, and 1/2 c. almond milk} was pretty fantastic.

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I felt super energized after drinking it…or maybe it was the yoga session right before? Regardless, it was good, and you should make it. Smoothies are a great way to sneak in extra servings of vegetables and fruit, too.

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Good nutrition helps set up a productive work day, right?! I conference called about the new Dietary Guidelines for Americans coming out on Monday [read my review of the first draft here], wrote material for cooking class # 2, and worked on info for private nutrition clients.

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What’s your standard morning fuel?

Happy Weekend!

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17 comments:

  1. Standard morning fuel is old-fashioned oats with fruit and nut butter. And a big cup of coffee! It's so satisfying-especially in the winter.

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  2. Standard morning fuel is a bowl of oatmeal with banana, peanut butter, chia seeds, ect...

    Mmmm...

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  3. always overnight oats (rolled oats, almond milk, chia, banana, cinnamon, and almond butter)!!

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  4. I have to agree with the others - great morning fuel is a bowl of oats with nut butter- melted :) - with fruit and tea

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  5. I'm sure the green smoothie gave u the extra morning boost! I am still trying to find a breakfast combo that I like and nutritious :) if it was for me, I'd eat just corns!!! :D
    happy weekend

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  6. Coffee and cereal or oatmeal, but I have been missing smoothies, I think it is time to go back :)

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  7. Is it weird that I'm really jealous of your purple pen? I've been looking for a new one!

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  8. looks like a great morning drink! i love to use frozen bananas with berries and pb powder with almond milk during the summer!

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  9. I just have to try one of these green smoothies! They look fantastic--and super clean!! Thanks for sharing your morning fuel!

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  10. wow now thats a healthy smoothie looking forward to your guidelines post :-)

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  11. oatsssssssssssssssssss. and someone sent you a text of a kale smoothie? hahah. awesome.

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  12. I've been looking for a good beginners recipe green monster and this one seems perfect! Can't wait to try it out tomorrow inlue of my beloved banana froyo! I agree that great food really does = a great day; and there's evidence of that over on my blog as well! Love your pen color selection:)

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  13. I definitely should read about those guidelines. How did you conference call, and is that still available? I probably got an e-mail about that, but deleted it, not even thinking.....

    Great looking smoothie!! I have added kale to my smoothies before, and I like it better than spinach actually.

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  14. Loove green smoothies! I need a big bowl of oats as my morning fuel :)

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  15. this reminds me i need to make myself a green smoothie. haven't had one in weeks and yours looks so yummy!

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  16. I keep seeing recipes including swiss chard and I've been meaning to use it!! I'll have to pick some up!

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  17. Your green smoothie looks and sounds great! Haven't had one of those in a LONG time. I'm very boring when it comes to breakfast: oatmeal, Greek yogurt, & walnuts.

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