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Crocheters have to eat, right? There are probably some things we can do nutritionally to keep our minds sharp and our joints healthy so we can keep on wielding our hooks.
I’m slowly transitioning processed foods out of my diet and organic foods in and eating a lot more fruits and vegetables. The best way I’ve found to get my daily allotment of fruits, vegetables and other healthy foods is with smoothies.
The Basic Green Smoothie
It’s “green” because you’re supposed to use more vegetables than fruit to keep the sugar content down. But you do want some fruit to sweeten the smoothie naturally. A good ratio of vegetables to fruit is 3:1 or 2:1.
I made the smoothie pictured above using ingredients I had on hand in the refrigerator and pantry. If you include lots of vegetables and fruits in your diet, you shouldn’t have a problem creating a smoothie from the “on hand” items in your fridge and pantry.
- 3 small ice cubes
- couple of handfuls of organic frozen mango (about 1/2 to 3/4 cups)
- a handful or two of organic baby spinach leaves (about a cup)
- 1/2 cup alkaline water
- a little less than a 1/4 cup organic grape juice
- 1/4 cup orange/mango juice (not organic but it needs to be)
- couple of dolops of French Vanilla coconut milk coffee creamer (essentially coconut milk and cane sugar)
- 1 tbsp organic coconut oil
- several dashes of ground turmeric
- 3 drops of liquid stevia (optional – meaning, I don’t really need to add it because it’s sweet enough without it)
- Add all ingredients in the Magic Bullet jar or whatever blender you have on hand.
- Mix until creamy smooth.
I love the pretty shade of lime green, and the smoothie is absolutely delicious. I try to use organic ingredients exclusively, but it doesn’t always happen So I make due with what I have on hand until I can find an organic version of the ingredient.
Make It “Your Way”
With the 3:1 or 2:1 vegetable-to-fruit ratio in mind, create your green smoothie using your favorite vegetables and fruits. My “go-to” dark-green leafy for smoothies is organic baby spinach. I haven’t tried kale yet, but I have some organic baby kale that I use for salads that I’m looking forward to trying.
For fruit, I use frozen organic mangoes or fresh mangoes when they’re in season. Needless to say, I LOVE mangoes.
I look forward to experimenting with different vegetable-fruit combinations. I plan to substitute organic avocados for the coffee creamer to create a more “nutritious” creamy texture. I also intend to phase out the juice and use the plant-based sweetener, stevia, as a sugar substitute to satisfy my sweet tooth.
Finally, I supplement my smoothies with turmeric and coconut oil because they have so many health benefits. The coconut oil will keep my brain sharp so I can keep figuring out those advanced crochet patterns. The anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric will keep my fingers, hands, and wrists agile for all the projects I want to complete.
What do you do nutritionally to stay healthy for all those projects on your crochet to-do list?