Green Smoothie Recipe

Lately I`ve been super into green smoothies. And I know that there are a lot of variations of them out there, but i wanted to share my recipe with you and also write about some of the health benefits of this smoothie. You know that I`m a sucker for food (and drinks) that meet on that sweet spot in the middle of the healthy and delicious venn-diagram.

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This recipe is my adaptation of model and youtuber, Alexandria Morgan`s and you can find hers here.  So without further ado, here is my green smoothie.

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General and health based benefits:

Spinach:

  • Vitamin K and calcium for bone health
  • Vitamin A, vitamin C and iron for healthy skin and hair (aka aesthetics, jot that down)
  • Low calories, high satisfaction
  • Magnesium for cardiovascular health

Bananas:

  • slow releasing energy
  • good for rebalencing electrolytes
  • great pre workout food
  • lots of fiber
  • makes the smoothie booth sweet and extra nutritious

Ginger root:

  • Adds some great spiciness to the smoothie
  • Helps digestion
  • Reduces nausea (seriously the best cure for hangovers)
  • Reduce menstrual pain
  • Help fighting the cold or flu

And the berries will obviously depend on which you use, but in general, low in calories and high in nutrients. For optimal health I would recommend throwing in some blueberries though. You know the hype.

 

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The ultimate breakfast food: Coffee Smoothie

 

At the moment I am so tired, it`s basically a cosmic injustice. I am also so parched and in the want for something refreshing. This is putting me in a one-track mindset. Coffee smoothie! The ultimate restauration and coffee food, total double trouble. Unfortunately I can`t have it, as the only bananas I have are frozen, but I am going to share the recipe with you. Hopefully, one of you will make it so I can live through you. Haha.

Anyways. I love sharing these kinds of things, since I know that a lot of people don`t really know what vegans eat and are kind of curious as to how filling and good the food is. So I thought that instead of just giving you a recipe, which I am going to do, I`ll also let you know some of the benefits of this smoothie. But first, here`s the recipe!

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General and health based benefits:

 

Coffee:

  • makes you awake and ready for the day
  • full of antioxidants
  • boosts metabolisme (3-11%)
  • lowers risk of diabetes

Bananas:

  • slow releasing energy
  • good for rebalencing electrolytes
  • great pre workout food
  • lots of fiber
  • makes the smoothie booth sweet and extra nutricious

Oats:

  • one of the most nutrient-dense foods avaible
  • can lower cholesterole and stabilize blood sugar levels
  • rich in antioxidants
  • makes you feel heathy as f**k

Chia:

  • full of antioxidants
  • lots of protein for a plant
  • almost all the carbs are fiber
  • high in omega-3 (higher levesls than salmon even)
  • good for your bones
  • easy to incorprate in you diet (have it as a pudding, or just throw it in there with literally anything

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The three most important guidelines for toning up, while avoiding bulk

So I am currently on a journey towards a more toned body and a smaller frame. This means I am doing a lot of exercise. But since my goal with this is to become a model, lately I have gotten very paranoid of gaining to much muscle. Particularly getting big calves and bulky quadriceps. I know that this is a much wanted looks in many sports and dances, and I personally think that it`s a very good look, especially paired with sculpted abs. However, it is not suitable for the type of modeling that I wish to pursue. So lately I have been doing a lot of research on this, which I am very glad for, because there were a few exercises I were engaging in that most likely would have led to the look I am trying to avoid. So here are the few guidelines or rules that I have found to be the most important.hhh

First off, when doing strength training, do moves where the muscles are elongated (stretched out), while you to them. Apparently, this will produce long, lean muscles. This sounds like a myth, but considering that a lot of ballerinas training consist of these types of moves, it must be true. After all, no one is skinnier or more in shape than the ballerinas.

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(Legally extracted from Wikimedia).

Secondly, small movements. Generally, higher reps and lower intensity is the way to go. This means, no higher than 70 percent of your maximum on weights, and for no equipment training, don’t do squats and pushup, at least not mainly. Most of your workout should consist of small movements with high repetition (and elongated loins).

Lastly, for cardio, focus on long distance. For example, in stead of sprinting, do marathon like training and instead of half an hour on the highest elliptical level (my biggest calf-enlarging mistake), opt for 2 hours on little-to no resistance. And try to limit incline on the treadmill and number off hikes. Same goes for swimming. Yes, swimming burns an incredible amount of calories, but that’s because the muscles are working super hard, and therefore expanding in the long run.

Note: As I said, this is just to get or maintain a certain body type and may not apply to your goals at all, which is totally fine. All body types are awesome and require different exercise strategies. I also just want to stress the fact that you`re definitely not going to get super bulky and muscular from swimming, hiking or doing any other type of exercise once a month or even twice a month.

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I hope you found this helpful!

Please comment below and let me know what types of exercise you favor!