Today, I took a health assessment on my insurance company’s website. Not necessarily for “fun”…more for the $25 gift card that was promised to each employee that did so before July. I’m glad they gave us that incentive, truly I am. Because I hadn’t done a real “wellness exam” since I moved away from Louisiana (where my employer brought in a mobile clinic once each year to give us all fitness tests and do a blood panel because we can’t be trusted to make it to the doc’s office of our own free will).
So last week I got a well-woman exam, a tetanus booster, a blood panel, and a bone density scan. And then today I entered all my data into the fancy-schmancy website feeling pretty good about myself, since my numbers were all good… no more high cholesterol (probably because I’m not eating delicious fatty Louisiana fried food anymore), normal glucose numbers…
But then, the health assessment gave me a whole different number of its own: 46. FOURTY-SIX out of ONE HUNDRED. That’s my health score. Typical for my age is 58.
My over-achieving self looks like this on the inside.
Why the low score? Well, even though I have good blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol numbers, I apparently also have poor eating habits and don’t go to the gym enough. Shocker, right? And eating all that ice cream has made me a little soft around the middle…to the point that a stinkin’ computer had to tell me “You have a calculated BMI of 25.4. Unfortunately, this means you are overweight.” Thanks, Computer. Thanks a LOT. Also, my stress levels are too high, based on “job stress” from buying the business and dealing with the death of a loved one last year (I’m one of the executors of the estate).
Thankfully, Mr. Computer also had lots of suggestions for how to correct my issues and raise my overall health score. And I’m all about increasing that score, because frankly, 46 is failing. Ask any teacher.
So I took stock of my situation. And one of the big issues with my personal diet right now is breakfast. I’m a total zombie in the mornings, so breakfast has to be easy. Which means I’m notorious for NOT having a protein for breakfast (unless I get fast food, which really shouldn’t count). I’m a cereal/cinnamon roll/yogurt kind of gal. Sometimes I have the forethought to cook up 5 hard-boiled eggs over the weekend to tide me through the work week…but most of the time, no.
So when the Health Assessment asks me how many fruit/veggie servings I eat per day, I find myself wondering if the bits of onion & pepper in this morning’s Sonic breakfast burrito count as a “serving”… yeah. I’m in trouble. Wait---what category do the tater tots fall into???
Umm…is there a veggie in there somewhere?
But hey…I own an ice cream shoppe…that makes smoothies. And part of my JOB is to create a new delicious smoothie every month.
So I’d like to share with you my solution to the Breakfast Protein fiasco: The Galloway Greenway.
This was our Smoothie of the Month for May. And it’s AWESOME. I was skeptical of the green smoothie craze, but not anymore. This thing is loaded with goodness. Without protein powder, this smoothie packs 11g of protein, and only 188 calories, in a 16 oz serving. WITH protein powder, it adds an extra 20g of protein and only 100 more calories.
We named it the “Galloway Greenway” because, well, it’s GREEN, and the series of trails that traverse across our city are called the Greenways. And the one that starts right across from our shoppe is the Galloway Creek section. You follow, right?
1 handful fresh spinach
4 oz fat free vanilla Greek yogurt
4 oz apple juice
6 oz frozen green apples, peeled & sliced
Protein Powder (optional) – I’d recommend unflavored if you go this route.
Combine all ingredients in a blender and pulse until smooth.
You won’t taste the spinach. I promise. It’s all about the apple. The tartness of the apples and the Greek yogurt go SO well together. And it’s really light & refreshing.
Another delicious option? Swap the apples for pineapple and the apple juice for OJ. Freakin’ HEAVEN in a glass. And it counts as 1 protein serving + 2 fruit/veggie servings! SOOO much better for you than a greasy fast food burrito!
And when it comes to making smoothies, there’s no end to the great things you can add in. Buy some flaxseed at your local health food store (about a buck a pound), grind it up in a coffee grinder, and you’ve got a nutty add-in with tons of Omega-3s!
NutriFacts: (without protein powder)
Fat: 0.3 g
Potassium: 475 mg
Carbs: 35 g
Fiber: 3 g
Protein: 11 g
Vitamin A: 28%
Vitamin C: 11%