I have always loved smoothies, at an early age I remember my mom waking up even earlier then early to make sure she could make her more smoothie or juice before she got ready for work. It would be 4 am and you could hear the blender going. Naturally I become curious, and would wake up with her to watch her make them. She would throw so many things into that blender sometimes I would just sit there and watch. Other times I would have questions LOADS of questions. Like, “why are you putting grass in there?!”(wheat grass) or “Ewww, what is that green powder” (seaweed and algae powder). I was so fascinated and thankfully even though she was most likely exhausted she would give me all the answers.
As Bodhi turns two I am back to my regular routine (Yay!) So as I’ve gotten back into the swing of things I’ve been able to get back to my morning smoothies/jucies! Now that I am working on my own instead of just watching my mom work, my curiosity has taken over and I’m not just limited to smoothies. I’ve started creating my own juices which I will happily start sharing on here SOON! But I know what some of you might be thinking. Isn’t it bad to drink your calories? The answer, not exactly. It really depends on your body. What foods fill you up and what does your body have an easier time breaking down. For me smoothies and juices are an important part of my diet. They give me the energy I crave without leaving me hungry an hour later. Smoothies are great to bring into your diet but do it with care. Don’t just decide one morning to go on a juice cleanse or replace your normal breakfast with a smoothie. Trust me when I say if it’s not something you’ve tried before you might end up eating whatever is around you by mid morning.
Smoothies are a great morning meal option for several reasons…
1.) If you use the right ingredients they can be filling – Personally I can’t have too much in the morning or it sets my day off on the wrong foot. If my eggs are accompanied by bacon and veggies I end up snacking too much the rest of the day. I don’t know why but a balance breakfasted turns into an all day eating event for me so I try to stick with a smoothie when I can. To make it more filling add things like bananas or peanut/almond butter. Sometimes Greek yogurt and blueberries can be a helpful addition as well.
2.) They pack a nutritional punch! – When you add the right powders like Chaga (mushroom powder) or turmeric you can give yourself the nutrients you need without having to sacrifice taste for health! Kale is also a great add on to any smoothie or juice. Personally I like to break out the juice even if I am making a smoothie. I hate when those big pieces of kale end up in my smoothie. You know what I am talking about, everything’s so going great. Things are blending together nicely. Then you put your spinach or kale into your smoothie mix and no matter what kind of blender you use you still get chunks. So I opt to juicing my kale or spinach and blending it in at the end!
3.) Great for anyone on the go – As a working mama it’s hard to make sure I eat right. But if a smoothie/juice I can get all the nutrion
4.) Obviously they are delicious – Do I really need to explain this one?
Protein powers are of course the key to any good smoothie. I have tried a variety of protein powders and finally found winner. Moon Juice Deep Chocolate Adaptogenic Protein. It helps to reduce stress, restore and sustain energy, and control stress-related weight gain, while helping to enhance feelings of emotional wellbeing.
This powder is vegan, dairy soy, gum, gluten and GMO free. It’s 130 calories per serving (2 scoops) and has less then 2g of sugar. I love this mix because it has a hint of chocolate flavor without being too over powering. Personally l like my powders to have little flavor. That nasty fake chocolate taste is not something I’m here for.
Now for my favorite weekend smoothie. Weekends can be a struggle for me as I am so tempted to indulge in snacks and funk. Which is why I love this smoothie I stick to a strict fruit smoothie for this one to help cut down my sweet tooth cravings. I add a little chaga powder and my favorite Deep Chocolate Adaptogenic Protein by Moon Juice. Below I’ve listed all the ingredients you’ll need to make this delicious Jem!
- 1 cup unsweetened vanilla or plain nut milk
- 1 banana
- 2 scoop Deep Chocolate Adaptogenic Protein
- 1 scoop Chaga Powder
- 1 tablespoon unsweetened cashew butter (or almond butter)
- 1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Pinch of salt
- Dark chocolate, for garnish, optional
Keep follow along for more deliciousness to come! I’ll be sharing more of my healthy food favorites, smoothies, juices workouts and more! Here’s to looking and feeling fantastic!!!!