Saturday, May 28, 2011

Kicking the coffee habit for a good night’s rest

Caffeine may give you the energy boost you need to get through the morning, but what comes up must go down. Before you know it, you've crashed, and are reaching mindlessly for that 2nd or 3rd cup just to function properly!

Caffeine speeds up your nervous system, and within 15 minutes of consuming, the level of adrenalin in your blood will rise, triggering an increase in heart rate, breathing rate, urinary output, and production of stomach acids. With all of this activity going on, your body can't possibly get a good night's rest!

So to combat the morning blues and the 3 pm slump, try this delicious and HEALTHY green smoothie recipe that will give you the jump start you need without the crash. Better yet, this will not affect your sleep at all. In fact, the chlorophyll rich greens will actually promote a good night's sleep, so drink up!

Blueberry Kale Smoothie

1 large ripe banana, peeled

2-3 kale leaves

1 cup blueberries, frozen

1 cup pure water or coconut water

Blend until smooth and enjoy!

For more information on the benefits of green smoothies, click here: http://inquestoflife.blogspot.com/2010/04/morning-ritual.html

About the author

Stephanie Dalle Molle is a Holistic Health & Wellness Coach who graduated from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition based in New York City. She specializes in counseling individuals struggling with weight loss, low energy, skin, stomach, and endocrine issues. Stephanie also conducts her own nutrition workshops and demonstrations on weight loss and preventative nutrition. She is dedicated to educating people on health and wellness through the use of articles, workshops, lectures, and one on one coaching. To learn more about Stephanie, you can visit her website at: www.healthlegume.com

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