I read somewhere once that losing weight is 90% diet and 10% exercise which I really believe is true. That is why I make this jam-packed smoothie recipe every morning. Healthy eating can be the toughest change but the most rewarding. Mastering good eating habits can be a struggle and sometimes we all have the tendency to beat ourselves up for having a doughnut. But a little indulging every once in a while doesn’t hurt anyone. The most important thing is turning healthy eating into easily obtainable habits. Make an effort to change your mindset and not just your diet and you will start to see positive changes in your body and mind.
It took me a while to master my ultimate smoothie recipe. This delicious smoothie is packed full of random ingredients but I promise the end result is bursting with juicy fruit flavor. Let’s go over why I use some of these powerhouse ingredients so you can see why it’s important to eat these fruits and vegetables as much as possible.
Kale is a beautiful, dark, leafy green. My favorite kind of kale has always been the lacinato or “dino” kale. Kale contains calcium, vitamin C, vitamin K, omega-3’s, iron, and so much more beneficial cancer-fighting properties. It has also been shown to help maintain healthy vision, helps to detoxify the body, it is a food that contains many anti-inflammatory elements, and has been shown to lower cholesterol.
Byron Bay, Australia was where I was first introduced to turmeric. I was grabbing a quick breakfast and ordered a morning wake up kind of smoothie and I fell in love with the powerful flavor of turmeric. Tumeric is a powerful root packed with curcumin. When you add black pepper it increases the absorption of curcumin by 2,000 percent. Research has shown that curcumin is effective with immune support, pain management, joint health, and inflammation in the body. When you eat this powerful root every day you can start seeing cognitive benefits, healthier blood sugar levels, a more positive mood, better digestion, and clearer skin.
Cucumber is one of my favorite vegetables and really adds a refreshing and hydrating element to a smoothie. They are 96% water and consist vitamin A, B, C, potassium, and magnesium. Research has found that cucumbers have tons of cancer-fighting properties and are capable of clearing out toxins in the body especially in kidneys.
It took a couple of times for me to get used to the beet taste in my smoothie. I started adding just a little chunk but now I notice they add an earthy sweet flavor that I love. Raw beets are rich in folic acids which helps the production of new cells. Beets also help cleanse the colon and blood for healthy liver and gallbladder function. It is a great source of iron, vitamin A, and C, magnesium, calcium, sodium, phosphorus, and niacin. Tryptophan is also found in beets which can help relieve stress and relaxes the mind. This is a powerful root that cannot be skipped!
Hand full of Frozen Cherries
Hand full of Frozen Blueberries
Hand full of Frozen Mango
1 large leaf of Lanciano Kale
1/2 of an Avocado
***Adding an avocado is essential in maintaining a healthy metabolism. There is so much fiber in avocados which helps keep you full longer. Plus this fruit is rich in monosaturated fats and has the highest protein content than any other fruit.
2-3 inches of Cucumber
1/4-1/2 of a Beet (depending on size)
1 long piece of Tumeric
1 peeled Tri-Color Carrot
1 Scoop Protein Powder
*** insert whichever protein you prefer. I typically use Orgain in chocolate or peanut butter flavor.
1 T Cacao Nibs
1 T Hemp Oil
***My Omega 3 booster
1000MG Vitamin C Powder
***this is a powerful immunity boost has significantly helped keep me healthy during cold and flu season
1 dropper full of liquid B12
Fill half the cup with water and the other half with pure coconut water for the smoothie base.
*Other items you can add
-wheatgrass- detoxifies the body, helps breaks down fats, and is extremely rich in protein.
-watercress- helps clear toxic metals out of the body, improves bone health, reduces depression.
-Other vitamins or supplements
-sugar-free guava juice -adds an extra tropical punch making sipping a morning smoothie more enjoyable
*Make a smoothie bowl with these toppings!
-Almonds or other nuts
-Strawberries, banana, blueberries.
Let me know what you think! I hope you enjoy experimenting and finding the concoction that satisfies your taste buds! Let me know if you have any other powerful ingredient suggestions. And as always thanks for reading!