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It's not uncommon to see me in the grocery stores taking sneaky pictures of the public’s check-out items. I have always been fascinated by the choices people make, nutritionally speaking. I enjoy critiquing foods and drinks, like the ingredients in a box of ‘Lucky Charms’ or ‘Kraft’ Mac ‘n Cheese. What’s actually in there anyway…is it even real food? My mission is to get the people thinking about their health a bit more. So, the next time you throw a junk item in your trolly full of groceries, you might want to think twice - I could be watching..
Today, I am on break from my undercover duties, and am here to write about something that is often overlooked by most shoppers… Enzymes. Our organs produce around 24 different types of enzymes so that we can digest our food properly. They are also found in a variety of foods, like raw uncooked fruit, vegetables and meats - which are great, if we eat enough of them. But do we? Probably not. Most American diets are high in processed foods that destroy important enzymes due to cooking, canning and other methods of food processing. This could help explain why there are so many people with digestive health problems. If we’re not getting enough enzymes in our diets, then our bodies have trouble breaking down important nutrients.
I do my best to avoid most processed man-made foods and stick to eating nutrient-rich whole foods. These tend to give me the real nourishment that my body needs, instead of something I can only digest part of.
It’s not always easy to be healthy, especially if you have a busy schedule. Personally, I’m not much of a planner, so I often need my food to be fast and healthy. So, below you will find my yummy smoothie recipe which accomplishes just that. Plus, the raw fruit content will give you some of those helpful enzymes you may need for better digestion. I hope you enjoy it!
Rachel’s 2 Minute Smoothie
1 banana (Potassium, a good carbohydrate)
1/2 cup fresh blueberries (Phytonutrients, and Fiber)
2 cups organic almond milk (Vit. E and Calcium)
1 spoonful organic peanut butter (Protein)
Serves: 2 adults
Time: 2 minutes (including clean-up)