I think a challenge for most men these days is eating they way the should, a way that promotes being the best-versions-of-ourselves.  It’s no secret that one of the biggest challenges is getting an adequate amount of leafy greens down the pipe.   I don’t think it comes as naturally to us guys as it does say grilling a nice piece of meat.  So what are we to do?  Well I think the easiest, simplest thing to do is to have a daily green smoothie.

Before I go further, the objective of this is to increase your health and your energy so you can be man you need to be day to day.  What I’m saying is I don’t care if tastes good or not, it’s not about satisfying your pleasure centers, it’s about using the virtues of prudence and temperance.  Don’t think how tasty can I make it, instead think how healthy can I make it.

Here’s some tips:

  • Invest in a good blender it’s worth the cost in the long run.  I personally recommend the Vita-Mix.
  • Have a set time of the day for your smoothie, make it a ritual.  I think either morning or lunch is best.
  • If your going to have it for lunch either make it in the morning and take it work or check in see if your company will buy one for the office.
  • Buy organic, local and fresh as much as you can.
  • Build your own garden to supply your smoothies.
  • Mix up your greens.  Get some variety between spinach, kale, chard and such.
  • Take inventory of your morning energy.   On a scale of 1-10 how much energy do you have the first minute when you wake up (This is a little habit that I recommend to everyone).  Check and see if the daily smoothie affects this number or not.
  • Have a fun cup for your smoothie, I have a set of He-man glasses that work perfect.
  • Use almond milk as it’s low in sugar.  If possible make your own, it’s pretty easy.

Some other important considerations are having a balance of the 3 macro-nutrients; fat, protein and carbs as well as having a strong dose of fiber and healthy oils.  I also try to take out dairy as it’s high in sugar.  I’ve found pumpkin seed protein powder to be a great alternative to whey protein.

Alright, now that we have the basics down I’ll share with you my recipe:

  • 1 cup of vanilla almond milk
  • 2 scoops of pumpkin seed protein powder (Omega Nutrition)
  • 1 TBS of organic coconut oil
  • 1 TBS of organic chai seeds
  • 1 organic banana
  • A handful of an organic berry, whatever is in season
  • A handful plus of organic leafy green
  • 2-3 organic carrots
  • Ice cubes

Don’t make it complicated, but do make it a habit.  Often I found myself using what we have in the moment in terms of the greens and fruits.  Play with it and find what works for you.  Don’t just focus on your fitness, do what you need to do to be healthy as well.

Triumphus Diem,

Coach Woods