Smoothies and I go together like hot chocolate and whipped cream. I can’t live without them, especially since I am always on the run.
These past few years since battling with a bunch of crazy health issues after starting a new job and dealing with extreme bouts of fatigue and fibromyalgia, I have opted for nutritious herbal smoothies instead of preparing a big breakfast during the week. As long as my smoothie has a good mix of protein, fat, and fiber I am good to go. This is the very opposite of what most people do today.
It’s unfortunate that for decades people have thought that eating a large breakfast full of refined carbs and sugars was a good thing. But it is not correct for a few reasons. The most important reason is that when you get up in the morning your body should begin the purging process to get rid of all the food you ate the day before. Your digestive system wants to evacuate but you just shove more processed food into it which is like putting your finger over the end of a hose that is turned on. The only thing you’re accomplishing is a buildup of toxins that will be reabsorbed internally and begin to make you sick over time.
So I made a choice to drink at least 3 green smoothies a week and work my way to one a day and then 2 a day if possible. My family and I enjoy smoothies 1 to 3 times a day and here is one of my favorite recipes I hope you will enjoy.
2 cups of homemade organic coconut milk, organic almond or raw milk
4 organic pitted dates (un-sulfured), I like this brand
1 small banana
1 stalk of kale
1 cup of organic spinach leaves, sprouts or fresh dandelion
1 cup fresh or frozen organic strawberries or berry blend
Optional – 1/2 teaspoon of grass-fed gelatin I like this brand.
For added protein and fiber use 1 teaspoon of organic chia seeds or 2 Tbsp. of sprouted oats and some pumpkin seeds or a handful of almonds.
Adjust liquid as needed to reach a thick but drinkable consistency.
Blend it all together and enjoy! For better digestion make sure you chew a few gulps. Chewing activates digestive enzymes which are important for nutrient absorption.
Drink immediately and freeze any portion you did not drink to use as smoothie ice cubes the next time you are up for a blended breakfast!
Blessings and may the greens be with you. 🙂
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