If you follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed that I post a whole lot of smoothie pictures. Smoothies are one of my go-to things to eat for breakfast. They are wonderful because they jam pack tons of really good, nutrient rich things into a yummy drink. So, I am going to give you one of my favorite smoothie recipes. (Though, I do change it up depending on my mood and what I have in the fridge. This is my ideal smoothie for when I have a long day ahead.)
one cup of water or coconut water if you prefer
Water for an easier blend, and because its always good for you.
one chopped medium sized beet
Beets because: oxygenate blood, alkaline, stimulates liver function, antioxidants, it also gives the smoothie a BEAUTIFUL color, and the taste is oh so yummy.
a tablespoon of coconut oil
Coconut Oil because: normalize blood sugar, reduce adrenal work, increases energy, digestion aid, and helps keep you full
two (packed) cups of spinach, or one packed cup of kale
Spinach because: youthful skin, healthy blood, calcium, iron
Kale because: protein, copper, iron, antioxidants, anti-aging compounds, anti-cancer, anti-inflammation, fiber
one half of an avocado
Avocados because: amino acids, healthy monounsaturated fats and blend
one cup of frozen strawberries
Strawberries because: antioxidants, vitamin C and taste
one tablespoon of chia seeds
Chia Seeds because: helps maintain weight, aids in toning, stabilizes blood sugar, protein, omega-3′s, antioxidants. builds strong bones
one tablespoon of lemon juice
Lemon juice because: blemish-free skin, digestion aid, alkaline, cleanses body
two fistfuls of walnuts
Walnuts because: they blend easily, cancer-fighting properties, antioxidants, amino acids, brain health, protein
and a teaspoon of bee pollen
Bee Pollen because: energy enhancer, protein, B vitamins, amino acids, skin soother, digestive aid, allergy treater, immune booster, and cardiovascular support
This drink will take some prep time (the beet alone will take a little time to chop), so consider that before you decide to whip this up for breakfast. Often times I make a couple of smoothies at night to last me a couple of days. Its especially helpful to have them remade when I’m having a rushed morning.
Sometimes I don’t just have this bad boy as a drink. Sometimes I make a smoothie bowl out of it. Simply add some oats to top it off, and maybe some fresh banana slices, and you have yourself a bowl.
I started to get into smoothies as meals by doing a smoothie detox. If you are interested, check out The Green Forks detox. I also got a lot of my information about smoothies from them! Also, check out Oh She Glows, they always have great smoothie recipes!