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A better breakfast


Janella at a family day with her Vitamix.

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By guest blogger, nutritionist and author, Janella Purcell.

I love eating fruit and vegetables, which is lucky for me
as they make up the bulk of my diet. I don’t eat meat, processed dairy or sugar, or refined wheat and other grains. When I eliminated these items from my diet more than 30 years ago, I had to find other foods that were easier for my body to assimilate.

I turned to our glorious and abundant plant kingdom for my nutrients. I found that after a stir-fry, I felt great. My head was clear, energy renewed and tummy happy. And because
I was digesting my food well, my weight was reducing - a
nice bonus.

When I first found out that half of us Australians eat no fruit or veg a day and many more eat only one or two serves of veg with no fruit, I was very concerned. Our bodies need many nutrients in order to work effectively and efficiently. And it’s no good eating only refined carbohydrates, sugar and animal products and then popping a few supplements and thinking all will be OK.

I’m a big believer in breakfast. If you get the nutrients you need in the morning, you’re less likely to snack on processed food during the day. Your brain will function more efficiently and your digestive system won’t give you grief.

It’s easier to eat well at home than it is once you leave the house – so why not make breakfast your best and most nutritious meal of the day? A green smoothie is a wonderful way to start the day, which is why I’m a big supporter of the Vitamix 7@7 Go-for-Green Breakfast Challenge (check out the link below).

In my own breakfast smoothie I include a green leafy vegie, such as kale or baby spinach, along with herbs such
as mint or basil. You could also add a teaspoon of spirulina, wheatgrass and/or barley grass powder for extra greens. Once I have the green part well and truly taken care of, I add a mixture of super foods, focusing on protein, fibre, omega 3s and antioxidants.

I like to add a teaspoon of hemp seeds, maca, raw cacao, flax oil and chia seeds. They all contain huge amounts of fibre, which keeps the digestive tract running smoothly and blood sugar even. Next, I add the fruit – paw paw and pear are my favourites. A cucumber is really yummy in there, too. Finally, I may throw in some fresh turmeric and ginger root. My Vitamix makes light work of turning these ingredients into a creamy and oh-so-yummy smoothie.

It may sound like a lot of effort, but it's not really. You don’t even have to add all of these things to get benefits. Smoothies are also great if you’re not a brekky person; they don’t fill you up as much as an egg or (good) baked beans, but you won’t be looking to snack. Make your smoothie and sip on it while you’re getting dressed, or in the car if you’re really pushed for time.

Once you start incorporating these super green smoothies into your morning, you’ll agree it’s worth getting out of bed a few minutes early. Our bodies are precious, so we need to look after them properly.

Join the Vitamix 7@7 Go-for-Green Breakfast Challenge and you’ll get a fabulous, free eBook with recipes from seven healthy Australians, including Janella Purcell. Join the Vitamix Australia Facebook page to connect with other Australians on the journey to better health.