Well now that New Years has passed, and most folks are back to work, I guess the holidays are officially over. This is the time when we all try to get our lives together and plan a goal or two for the year. I'm honestly not big on resolutions, even though I am a big planner. I guess I feel like it's enough work just to get through a week without crashing and burning that I am not motivated to create resolutions for even more things I "should" be doing. I mean...unless my resolution is to nap more often, I'm not really into it.
That said, I still think of January of a fresh start. It's a good time to re-focus on things that are important, like eating food that makes you feel your best (and taking lots of naps). So after eating lots of cookies over Christmas, now is a good time to reintroduce some nutrients, right? I wanted to share my very favorite smoothie recipe. I make this alllllll the time and I add all sorts of crazy healthy things (and just plain crazy things), but it always tastes good anyway!
So before I share this recipe, I must say that it's more of a template than an actual recipe. If you have an item, throw it in, if you don't have it, just skip it. If you prefer mangos over berries, switch it up! But here are the general rules of a healthy and tasty smoothie:
Fruit: I always prefer frozen fruit because it makes your smoothie nice and thick rather than liquidy. Fruit adds enough sweetness to make your smoothie palatable without adding tons of sugar. You really don't need any honey or other sweeteners. I use berries because I love them, but they're also the lowest sugar fruit and still make my smoothie sweet enough.
Veggies: Spinach and kale are classics, but it's time to try something new! Cauliflower may sound crazy, but I promise you don't taste it at all, and it makes your smoothie so thick (which I love). Another good option is zucchini (you can buy it fresh, chop it into chunks and freeze it). Greens powders can also be good options so you don't have to worry about using up your greens before they go bad, just make sure there's no added sugar. Veggies add tons of vitamins, but also some good ol' fiber that feeds all those good bacteria friends in your gut.
Protein: A common problem with smoothies is that they're basically sugar bombs. It's really important to balance your carboydrates with fat and protein. I honestly hate most protein powders. They are generally too sweet for me, and make your smoothie grainy (bleh). My very favorite is Vital Proteins collagen powder. It's only 1 ingredient- pure, bioavailable protein. It has no flavor and absolutely no graininess. However, if you have another favorite protein powder, throw it in. I do recommend using a powder with only a couple ingredients (like egg white or whey protein powders).
Fat: Fat is actually very easy to add to your smoothies. It may sound weird, but even adding straight-up oil won't make your smoothies oily or weird, it blends in nicely. So some suggestions for easy and delicious fat options are avocado (for extra creaminess), coconut milk, coconut butter, nuts and seeds, MCT oil, or flax seed oil. Recently I've been loving MTC oil powder, it's good for the brain, easy to digest, and makes your smoothies (or other drinks) so creamy. Fat helps absorb and use other nutrients.
Extras: I love throwing all kinds of things into my smoothies like plants and adaptogens that help your body adapt to stress, help balance hormones, help detoxing, immune boosters, anti-oxidants, etc. etc. etc. Some ideas are maca powder, beet powder, mucuna pruriens, chlorophyll, colostrum, chlorella, matcha, moringa, aloe vera, or medicinal mushrooms (like reishi or cordyceps). Plants are very powerful for supporting your body, so adding a teaspoon or two can be awesome for your health but won't ruin the taste of your smoothie.
Toppings: The act of chewing your food is important, because it tells your brain to prep the digestive system to receive food. So instead of slurping down a smoothie, add some toppings to chew and get the gastric juices going. Also, I love for my food to have lots of different textures, so for me, the toppings are the best part. I love adding crunchy granola or seeds, and a drizzle of nut butter. Bee pollen is another option, but pretty much anything you've got in the pantry will do: chunks of a protein bar, coconut flakes, sunflower seeds, etc.
Ok, now on to making delicious smoothies!
1c frozen berries
1c frozen cauliflower (frozen cauliflower rice will also work)
2 inch piece of aloe vera (I buy the fresh leaves, peel and chop them, then freeze)
1 scoop Vital Proteins collagen powder
1t maca powder
1t Sun Potion Mucuna Pruriens
2t beet powder
1 scoop MCT oil powder
1-2T sunflower, pumpkin, or flax seeds
1/2-3/4c water (depending how thick you want it)
toppings: granola, bee pollen, nut butter, fresh fruit, etc.
- Add all ingredients to a blender, and blend until smooth. This may take some encouraging with a wand or other tool. Add extra water if you need to get it going a bit more.
- Pour into a large cup or bowl and add your toppings!
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