Nutrition Stripped is your stripped-down guide to an unprocessed lifestyle with no expiration date. Here I share my passion for all things nutrition, wellness, and whole foods recipes. i hope through this blog you will get one step closer by learning the simple ways to nourish your body and live well!
Cha-cha-cha-chia!Yes, I’m referring to the grass-head plants you water in your home and watch them grow in amazement. No, the seeds contained in a kit you may buy are not edible grade nor are the type I’m suggesting you eat; always try to consume the organic varieties when possible. Today I want to share with you all the great health benefits and nutrition of chia seeds.
What are chia seeds? Let’s start with a brief yet formal introduction. Salba grain or salvia hispanica a.k.a. chia seeds are native to Southern and Central Mexico and Guatemala. These seeds (derived from the whole plant/flower) were an important crop grown and used by the Aztecs for their long lasting energy, fiber, amino acids, and nutrients. You could imagine why these were so popular and widely used with the Aztecs- the small size lead to easy transportation while packing significant nutrient density to nourish and fuel their bodies for long periods of time.
In a previous post, Green Smoothies 101, we discussed all things green smoothies. Today I share with you the signature green smoothie of Nutrition Stripped. Introducing the Stripped Green Smoothie! The Stripped Green Smoothie is my daily go-to green smoothie every single morning, especially post-workout for easily absorbable nutrition. Freshly made fruit//vegetable smoothies are especially great in the morning to give our digestion a rest and continue with the detoxification process during the night before. It provides energy I need (and will for you too!) throughout the entire day with easy to digest fruits, vegetables, nutrients, antioxidants, fiber, protein and more!
What exactly makes this a “stripped” smoothie and what does this mean? The Stripped Green Smoothie is simply this: a high quality, nutrient dense, easy to digest green smoothie stripped from anything else but organic, raw vegetables, greens, and fruits. The Stripped Green Smoothie can be used as a “base” for other ingredients to build upon, which I commonly do. For example, I will add in extra vegan based protein powders post-workout, extra fruit, sometimes extra add-ins as well. Enjoy this green smoothie as a base or simply drink in it’s pure form, have fun!
Where do I start with green smoothies? Well, we met a long time ago back in 2008, I immediately fell in love with the way my body responded to the increased energy and surge of nutrients that this smoothie packs, and ever since then my love of green smoothies has flourished. I remember when I first started drinking these lovelies, I’d have friends and family members look at me like I was a weirdo eating rabbit food (understandably)- I’m glad that green smoothies have hit the mainstream and more of you out there are giving them a try. Besides, now we can all be “weirdos” together right?
Green Smoothies 101
So what is a green smoothie? Basically it’s a smoothie that combines simple ingredients- a liquid (such as filtered water or coconut water), fruits of choice, and green vegetables (leafy greens more than anything). The Stripped Smoothie recipe is below, but don’t be afraid to create your own; that’s the beauty of it all!