Here’s a great morning pick-me-up! Green smoothies are a great part of breakfast that will kick start your morning.
For ONE serving:
Blend all ingredients in a blender or bullet until smooth. These end up being more pink/peach colored than green, but the good stuff is in there!
Other awesome things you can add in are: Natural Calm* (for magnesium), yogurt, or any other liquid or oil supplement you regularly take.
I have been doing this smoothie a few times a week instead of our regular breakfast and it’s been great. This, along with a bulletproof coffee (I am not a butter-in-coffee person – I use Brain Octane Oil from Whole Foods), carries me into the afternoon with no low blood sugar or crashes.
I also make this smoothie for my kids and hide some of their supplements in it that way (including the greens, of course) and even my pickiest eater approves!
Shannon is a Culinary Nutrition Expert and Certified Instructor. She writes about the connection between food and health, shares recipes, reviews books, and is a distributor for Young Living Essential Oils. She lives in Olive Branch with her husband and 3 children.
What makes something a nut or a vegetable? Do nuts go into the vegetable, fruit, or seed family? What makes a nut, well, a nut? What’s the difference between a fruit and a vegetable? Fruits and vegetables are divided into culinary and botanical classifications. Botanical classification depends on the structure and functions of a plant. Fruits come from a flowering plant and contain seeds, whereas vegetables are all
the other parts of the plant -- the roots, stems, and leaves. Culinary classification is based on flavor. In culinary terms, fruits are sweet or tart and are usually used in deserts. Vegetables are classified as savory or bitter, so they’re generally considered to be the opposite of fruits. But, this is botanically incorrect because “vegetables” such as tomatoes are technically fruits, despite being savory. Nuts are botanically classified as fruits that have an edible seed and an inedible, hard shell. Though, many “nuts” are actually the seeds of drupes, or fruits whose flesh surrounds a shell with a seed inside. Almonds, cashews, walnuts, macadamia nuts,
pistachios, and many others are the seeds of drupes! Chestnuts, acorns, and hazelnuts are tree nuts. However, peanuts are botanically a vegetable, since they are classified as a legume. Confusingly, peanuts’ nutritional value is more similar to a nut than a legume, putting the “nut” in peanut.
A berry is a fleshy fruit that has many seeds, such as a banana, grape, and
eggplant. Watermelons, gourds, and chili peppers are also technically berries! Interestingly, raspberries, blackberries, and strawberries are not technically berries but aggregate fruits -- fruits that consist of smaller fruits. Berries have three fleshy layers: the exocarp (outer skin), the mesocarp (fleshy middle part), and the endocarp (soft center that holds the seeds). A seed is a plant covered with a shell and has a small amount of edible flesh on the inside. A nut is not a seed because nuts contain seeds inside of a shell, so they’re basically a double-shelled seed. Seeds, of course, also help plants reproduce. Vegetable seeds come from the flowers or other parts of the plant we typically don’t eat. For example, carrots are vegetables and their seeds come from the carrot plant’s
flowers. Now you know the differences between fruits, berries, vegetables, nuts, and seeds! Nature is fascinating and very complicated! Identifying plants is fun and contributes to science. Go out and explore nature with your new knowledge, and see what you can discover!
Written by Melody Howard
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