The Superfoods Veggie Blend – as described in the following video I recently threw together after a late-night run – is quite literally one of the healthiest meals you can ever have… even though you will be drinking it! Scope the vid, then scroll down for more details:
Warning: a 32 oz serving of this kind of drink is going to be too much for most people to start off with. Remember, I’ve been drinking these kind of concoctions for years and am used to knocking down 10 to 13 servings of produce everyday. So start small. Don’t drink too much at one time, especially if you’re not acclimated to eating a lot of raw fruits and veggies every day. It can’t really hurt you, although it can cause some gurgling stomach and other digestive disturbances if it’s too much too soon.
Please read the info below first…
Shortcut to the Mountaintop
It is a daily lifestyle commitment to stay in top condition and enjoy incredible health and wellness year-around. Contrary to what a lot of marketers would have you believe, there are really no “shortcuts” to this end, in the sense of just taking some magic pill or wearing some vibrating belt against your belly a few times a week. However, there ARE shortcuts in terms of things we can do to most efficiently and effectively achieve our greatest health aspirations, and it’s been my personal obsession to study and practice them since my parents owned a health food store back in the mid-80’s.
Example: depending on what your optimal daily caloric requirement is, we all need anywhere from seven to thirteen servings of fruits and veggies everyday. Everyday! But this is a staggering amount to most people (especially if your current average is zero!), so how do we do it? What’s the shortcut?
Well, the shortcut does not necessarily come in the form of pills and powders (although certain kinds can help). You really do need to consume the actual fruits and veggies, as these whole foods contain an abundance of essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, as well hundreds of various phytonutrients. So here it is:
Superfoods Smoothies and Superfoods Veggie Blends
When we blend fruits and/or veggies in a high-powered blender (like a Vita-Mix) with water and maybe a little juice, we will not only be able to take in multiple servings in one drink, but we will also enjoy superior assimilation of all those nutrients. Then, when we integrate these servings of produce into a smoothie or blender drink that also involves some macronutrient-heavy ingredients, we have what is perhaps the highest caliber serving of nutrition available: a Superfoods Smoothie or Superfoods Veggie Blend.
The key distinction is that a Superfoods Smoothie is a supercharged version of a traditional smoothie (which utilizes bananas and other fruit). It’s main objective in my philosophy is to provide you with a well-rounded foundation of daily nutrients.
The Superfoods Veggie Blend is a supercharged version of a traditional veggie-based blender drink. It’s main objective is to provide you with multiple servings of vegetables and contribute to your daily servings of macronutrients… kind of like an exceptional nutrient-dense meal, only better.
The Superfoods Veggie Blend, with the almighty beet root
to keep things on the red side!
I’ve written quite a bit about my staple approach to the Superfoods Smoothie (which, for me, always involves two scoops of The Ultimate Meal smoothie mix). So now, as the ultimate complement to the Superfoods Smoothie, let’s look at the Superfoods Veggie Blend (as discussed in the video).
Slightly larger serving sizes pictured above
The following will make either one really large serving, or two regular servings:
- 1 cucumber (peeling is optional)
- 1 stalk of celery
- 1 beet root (peeled)
- a handful or two of spinach (or kale)
- a handful of baby carrots (or one regular carrot)
- a handful of frozen fruit (tropical blend, for example, like mangos, pineapple, etc.)
- around 16 oz of liquid; combo of water and apple juice. (The juice makes it sweeter, so if you prefer to go heavy on the juice at first, eventually try to scale back to a more water-heavy mix.)
If all you did was the above recipe, that would be great in terms of getting a lot of the essential micronutrients inherent to fruits and veggies. But because it would be lacking in a couple key macronutrients (protein, healthy fats), it would only classify as a “veggie blend” blender drink, which would fall into our snack category. (This is still great, though!)
To make it a true Superfoods Veggie Blend, consider adding some combination of the following:
- 1 scoop of The Ultimate Meal; this is the easiest way to ensure that your veggie blend drink instantly becomes a Superfood Veggie Blend. (This option works great when you have a one-scoop serving of The Ultimate Meal for breakfast, because it will give you the recommended two scoops per day.)
- 1 scoop of some kind of veggie protein powder.
From there you might try adding some healthy fats. If you want to integrate some nuts/seeds, here are a few options:
- trail mix (dried fruit is okay), as pictured above
- pumpkin seeds, as pictured above
- any modest combo of nuts, either mixed or an individual serving; cashews, almonds, walnuts, pecans, etc
Note: Your total daily caloric expenditure should determine how many nuts or seeds you add to the blend. If you’re super active and burning a ton of calories every day, then it’s probably advisable to include some form of nuts/seeds in this recipe each day. Otherwise, I would advise only including nuts/seeds in this recipe every other day.
Additionally, you could experiment with adding one of the following as a way of getting some healthy fats in your blend:
- an avocado
- flax seed meal or a teaspoon of flax seed oil
- milled chia seed
So there you have it. And again, start off easy… give your body a chance to acclimate to this incomparable form of nutrient density. And once it becomes a part of your regimen, get ready for new levels of superior health!