You know those people; they have 6 kids, 2 dogs, 3 cats, a busy job, perfect skin, abundant energy and somehow find the time to get up and run each morning at 5am. While these people may not actually be real, there are still those around us who appear to be able to hold it all together and remain healthy while they do it. While none of us really know how they do it, I like to think the secret to their success is a combination of mental discipline, genetic fortitude and daily greens.

When I refer to greens I am speaking of two general categories of options; a greens powder or a homemade smoothie. A greens powder is a supplement made from red and green vegetables and berries that have a combination of over 20 critical phytonutrients (plant nutrients).  Depending on the quality of the supplement, the formula can be loaded in minerals, vitamins and antioxidants. Homemade greens, my personal favorite, combine fruit, berries and leafy greens in a blender. They are made from whole foods and have a distinct advantage in that they are additionally loaded in fiber. Depending on what fruits and vegetables you include, 1 glass of greens will provide 50% of your required daily fruits and veggies.

Daily greens, whether in a supplement or whole foods format are a remarkable source of nutrition, anti-oxidants, and fiber. They are a first line option for those looking to increase energy, combat constipation and off-set the polluting effects of living in a major urban setting (watch for amazing benefits to your skin as well).

Try this greens recipe at home. It makes a lot so plan to share with your family. (Try pouring into popsicle molds for kids.) Any of the ingredients can be substituted based on what you like or have on-hand.

2 apples, cored and cut into large chunks

2 pears, cored and cut into large chunks

Handful of fresh or frozen cranberries or any other combination of berries

1 to 2-inch piece of fresh ginger

2 cups of water

6 to 7 large kale leaves

4 to 5 large collard greens

Large chunk of green cabbage (about 1 to 2 cups chopped) or broccoli

Handful of fresh parsley or coriander for a stronger flavour

Recipe inspired by:


2013 health goal, Day 5: Add some colour to my life; try a daily does of greens in either a supplement or whole foods format.

The Shameless self Promotion Continues…

I am giving a series of talks related to health promotion throughout the winter and into the spring. Some are free, others have a nominal fee (but include an amazing dinner) and all will be a ton of fun. Check out the events section of my website to see if there is anything there that is of interest to you. Contact me to register ([email protected]) – several of the talks are already booked up.

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