Superfoods Veggie Blend: Your Shortcut to Superior Health, Energy and Vitality!

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…

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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.

veggieblend2The 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).

Basic Foundation:

veggieblend1Slightly 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:

Extras

  • 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.)

veggieblend3

OR

  • 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!

Best,

BR

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About Bobby Rock

Bobby Rock is a world renown drummer, the author of seven books, and a recognized health and fitness specialist with certifications in exercise, nutrition and meditation. He has recorded and toured with a variety of artists, released three CDs as a solo performer and is recognized as a top drumming educator. (He is currently touring with rock icon, Lita Ford.) Through speaking, writing and activism, Bobby remains committed to a number of animal and environmental causes. Bobby lives in Los Angeles.
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7 Responses to Superfoods Veggie Blend: Your Shortcut to Superior Health, Energy and Vitality!

  1. Lisamarie says:

    Thanks for this, Bobby; I’ll have to give this a try even if I can’t do ALL of the ingredients shown at once. I can’t consume raw foods whole, esp the cruciferous veggies because it really bites my stomach and I can’t digest them, so this may be a way for me to get the good stuff in, by blending them.

  2. elsietrinity says:

    great vid!

  3. Despina says:

    thank you for posting this I have celiac disease I was very malnourished until I got diagnosed and I’ve gone vegan but I’m always trying to find different ways to get my body healthier and to fix my vitamin deficiencies. But this was great I didn’t have problems digesting it at all and I feel awesome when I drink it!

  4. Trevor says:

    Bobby,

    I know you talk in some detail about the importance of ‘chewing’ your smoothies/blends, but does this fully counter what Caldwell B. Esselstyn says (referring to fruit smoothies)?:

    “Avoid smoothies. The fiber is so finely pureed that its helpful properties are destroyed. The sugar is stripped from the fruit, bypasses salivary digestion and results in a surge of glucose and the accompanying fructose contributes to inflammation and hypertension. ”

    http://www.heartattackproof.com/qanda.htm

    Just thought I’d ask as the smoothies I consume are a fairly significant part of my overall eating regime. In saying that, I usually mix my greens, fruits and rice protein powder with rice milk (which contains canola or sunflower oil) or almond milk.

    I’d be better off swapping the rice/almond milk with filtered water and/or apple juice, right? I realise Esselstyn stresses the avoidance of all oils, but God I love the taste and texture of the aforementioned milks!

    Any guidance would be gratefully accepted as usual.

    Thanks,

    Trevor

  5. Trevor says:

    Have been adding beetroot powder and pea protein powder to my smoothies of late. Beetroot powder sourced from China I believe and the pea protein from Belgium.

    Delicious (and hopefully both beneficial and safe)!

  6. trinityelsie says:

    bobby,
    we are still waiting on the health book- mangos, muscles… please release it sometime this year brother. god bless you and keep up the great work, if you are ever in west texas you have a place to stay.
    peace,
    trinity and elsie

  7. You can add almonds if you want a milky-looking smoothie or shake.
    The last thing you want to do is gorge yourself on fast foods, donuts,
    burgers, fries, and pizza. This is another big reason for
    getting the body detoxicated.

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