Let’s talk about smoothies – the benefits of them and the amazing superfoods and supplements that I put in mine!
I try to have one nutrient packed smoothie a day! I feel better when I do this – preferably first thing in the morning or right after a work-out. What I love about them: you can throw in a ton of nutrient packed superfoods, veggies, and supplements – and you can’t even taste it! My go-to is a mint cacao nib smoothie (it tastes like a shamrock shake) and I never get sick of it. The recipe is posted on the bottom of this post.
I recently read celebrity nutritionist, Kelly Leveque’s book – Body Love and it’s like my health bible. I highlighted my favorite parts and when I’m feeling unmotivated and in a downward spiral with eating – I go back and re-read it. This gives me the motivation and information I need to get back into a healthy lifestyle. Kelly is all about balance (my motto) which I love, she’s against fad diets, talks about her approachable yet healthy lifestyle and ditching food drama – she’s a genius. She’s known for her famous fab 4 smoothies. What’s the fab 4 formula? It’s protein, healthy fat, fiber, and greens! She suggests replacing breakfast with one of these smoothies because it turns off your hunger hormones (you won’t go reaching for chocolate or a bag of chips mid-day) and keeps you full longer. When I start my day with a fab 4 smoothie, I’m off to a good start. They’re filling, energizing and nourishing.
There are a few things I put in my smoothies ALWAYS – that I swear by! (none of this is sponsored I just really believe in this stuff and I love sharing it with others)
A lot of people ask me about skin-care routine and to be quite honest, I’m still working on it. I don’t buy any fancy skin-care products but I will eventually share what I do use. However, since I’ve started using collagen peptides in my smoothies or coffee, I notice a huge difference in my skin. It makes it more “glowy” and clear. It’s also great for your hair and nails. It makes your hair grow like crazy, and even though I’m all about the short hair now-a-days, I still love it because it keeps my hair strong and healthy. Another benefit – there’s protein in it, and it’s great for bone and joint support which is why my husband loves it. A few other benefits: helps heal a leaky gut, boosts metabolism and energy, and improves liver and cardiovascular health. No wonder this is my far my favorite supplement.
This is the easiest way to get your fiber in! I throw it in my smoothies and you can’t even taste it. The “Fab 4 Smoothie” formula calls for fiber not only because of the health benefits, but it’s what helps keep you fuller longer. My sister in law sells Arbonne so by clicking this link you can purchase through her. I’m also a big fan of their protein powders, bronzer, energy fizz sticks and all the face lotions (especially the self tanner)!
Flax has a ton of benefits. I throw this in my smoothies as my healthy fat. It’s loaded with omega-3’s and fatty acids. This helps with weight loss, fights cellulite, prevents cardiovascular disease, and relieves inflammation (just to name a few benefits)! Once again, if you throw this in your smoothie – you can’t even taste it!
In addition to the three products I listed above – I always include a green (spinach is my favorite) in my smoothies, some type of superfood like cacao nibs or hemp seeds, and a protein powder (my favorites are whole foods 365 brand, arbonne, aloha or rootz nutrition)
Mint Cacao Nib Smoothie
- 1/2 frozen banana
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
- 1 scoop vital proteins collagen peptides
- 1 tbsp flaxseed oil
- 1 tbsp cacao nibs
- 1 handful baby spinach leaves
- 5-6 fresh mint leaves
- 1 scoop daily fiber boost powder
- unsweetened nut milk to taste-I use cashew milk
Blend everything together and top with more cacao nibs if desired
*if you want a thicker smoothie add more frozen banana and/or ice cubes
*if you want a fruit-free smoothie (less sugar) use half a avocado, steamed then frozen cauliflower or frozen zucchini pieces.