Exciting news!

26 Mar

Today, while shopping at Kroger, I decided to check my blood pressure on the big BP machine they have in the pharmacy. To get an accurate reading, you should always do a series of at least 3 readings in a row and then go with the average of those to determine your BP. (So don't let your doctor get away with one reading, if he tells you it's high). Anyway, all 3 of my readings were very similar and the average was 146/98. THAT'S AWESOME! I haven't been below the 150/100 mark in a very long time. It may be that this machine reads differently than my home machine. Not sure. Either way, I'm pretty excited.

Some more exciting news…I had blood work done last week which included a cholesterol test. Your total cholesterol should be below 200. Mine is 158! My chiropractor even said, "that vegan diet is doing you some good!"
Your triglyceride reading should be less than 150. Mine is 98. Perfect.
Your LDL (the "bad" cholesterol) should be less than 100. Mine is 94. Perfect.
Your HDL (the "good" cholesterol) should be above 50 for women. Mine is 45. Not bad, but the higher it is, the less likely you are to develop heart disease. So I need to work on getting that higher. Do you know what the best way to increase your good cholesterol is? Exercise. Yippee.
So to celebrate, how about a delicious vegan smoothie? Here's one I made for the kids yesterday. It's not only healthy, it could pass for dessert. All three kids were smiling at the same time!

makes 2 adult servings or 3 kids servings
1 cup almond milk
1 banana, broken into chunks
3 tablespoons natural peanut butter
2 packets Truvia (or sweetener of your choice)
1 to 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
8 ice cubes
Put all ingredients in blender. (Start with 1 tablespoon cocoa powder and add more to taste after blending.) Blend until smooth. Taste and adjust flavors as needed. Enjoy!
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