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Greens on greens on Multigreens

One of the best ways I get started in the morning is a green smoothie. I operate on an eating schedule of “let the Ferrari go first and the semi-truck last”. It’s all part of my Beauty Detox Lifestyle!

Why? 🤓 Most fruit takes 15 minutes to digest, bananas are 45 minutes. So definitely a Ferrari food to eat on an empty stomach. When we eat smart, our body doesn’t have to spend so much energy digesting and can do other things. Plus there’s no sluggishness like post thanksgiving.

Also, throwing it out there because this was life-changing for my skin. Smoothies, diet and natural quality products are my (not-so) secret to a clean, glowing complexion!

This is the first time my hippie dippy self has experimented with MultiGreens! What?! More greens in my smoothie and I still can’t taste it! Spirulina and chlorophyll are two supplements that have been on my radar that I’ve never dabbled with until now…so empty a couple capsules in your smoothie next time.

🌿Spirulina – rich source of magnesium, which helps to promote bone health and overall mood

🌿Chlorophyll – a natural source of vitamins and minerals, including Vitamin K and magnesium, being a source of choline which supports energy production. May support healthy blood and digestive system.

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My Hidden Smoothie Agenda

I’m not one for set recipes with smoothies, but gradually working on one to post in here soon.  I always like to add in various things to my smoothies to up my health game.

Some might say that I have a hidden agenda in my smoothies.  Obviously, there’s green!  And right now that green is supporting my EAGLES as they head onto the Super Bowl this weekend.

Also, let me just state what I’ve noticed about my recipe posts.  Pretty much, they all involve my VitaMix.  I love blending stuff!  I dragged my feet thinking about investing in one, but compromised on a reduced cost, refurbished VitaMix with a 5 year warranty.

I. use. it. ALL. the. time.  Smart investment, Kels!  It has also been a huge time saver over the NutriBullet I used to prepare a new smoothie every morning in the blender cup.  Now, I make 3 day batches at a time.

Okay, on to my smoothie additions!  If you know me, you know that I love a vibrant green smoothie, for breakfast or as an afternoon snack to keep me out of the munch-ables.  It’s one of my secrets for glowing skin!

 

Here are some of my favorite additions:

Probiotics | Gut health is everything!  Investing in high quality probiotics is the only way to go if you want to help your body efficiently absorb the good stuff and eliminate the bad stuff.  There are so many ways to incorporate probiotics into your routine, like fermented foods or kombucha, but there is a big difference between transitory vs. resident-forming probiotics.  They’re both great for you, but when you analyze the cost of the transitory probiotic kombucha ($3-4 a bottle) vs. resident-forming probiotic pills (~$1 a pill), that’s where I find the most value in something like Life 9.  Just break open the capsule!  If I have a batch of three smoothies, I’ll use three pills.  One-a-day!

Flax Seeds | Super rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, which is amazing brain power and heart health food.  They also can help your digestive health and even boost your mood.  I prefer to buy my flax seeds whole since ground ones can go bad more quickly.  To preserve my flax seeds, I stick the bag in the freezer, just like I do with nuts!  It helps prolong the shelf life!

Diatomaceous Earth (food grade) | I started with DE after talking with a fellow yogi, Maria, who uses it in her family smoothies.  Spoiler alert: studies show 90% of the population has parasites!  DE acts as a scrub brush through our gut, helping to sweep away and evict these unwanted visitors.  I’ve been known to hand out ziplock baggies to my friends because I bought a 5 lb bag on Amazon for around $10 and I don’t know if I’ll ever use it all.  Start with 1/2 tsp each day.

Vitality Oils | Because sometimes I forget to have fresh ginger or citrus fruits in my fridge.  I usually like to throw in a 1/2 inch knob of ginger, but I can also sub in a drop of Ginger Vitality.  No lemon? No problem.  Use a few drops of Lemon Vitality to help cleanse the body!

NingXia Red | Antioxidant pow-wow!  The wolfberry is highly touted for its benefits, which include support for energy levels, overall wellness, and normal cell health.  When I’m making a berry smoothie, I’ll splash in a couple ounces.  When I have a sluggish afternoon, it’s great to know I have a caffeine-free alternative because coffee past noon is waaaaay too much for me!

Psyllium Husks | Psyllium is soluble fiber derived from the seeds of an herb mainly grown in India.  Helps bulk stuff up.  I’ll leave it at that.  Just a little goes a long way.  I only use this occasionally, and when I do, it’s max 1/2 tsp.

Ashwagandha Powder | I haven’t actually tried this yet, but it’s on my next list to try for its mood boosting quality, which in the winter doldrums with limited sunshine, I desperately need!

 

What is something you want to add to your smoothie game?!

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Matcha Blueberry Smoothie

Afternoon slumps require a little extra boost of energy, amiright? This Matcha Blueberry Smoothie delivers a burst of energy and tons of antioxidants to get you going!


Before we get to the recipe, let’s go over how freaking good these ingredients are and the wonderful ways they benefit your body.  I like to think of this smoothie as an antioxidant boost: supporting healthier looking skin, combating free radical cells that turn into cancer, and reversing the aging effects of UV rays.

Blueberries: Blueberries are one of the highest antioxident foods in the world and much more affordable shall we say than the créme de la créme of these foods. I do love acai and Goji berries, but they can get expensive!  We all have crazy cells that get out funk sometimes, so antioxidants are super important to keep aging and cancer causing cells at bay.  Upon researching blueberries health benefits, I also found they contain a good amount of Gallic acid, which acts as an antifungal/antiviral agent.  The natural soluble and insoluble fiber helps keep digestion regular, and who doesn’t want that?!

Matcha Tea: Again, another super rich antioxidants! One amino acid in Matcha, L-Theanine delivers most of the benefits, which helps to increase the alpha waves in your brain, leading to a heightened sense of calm and production of serotonin and dopamine.  #sorrynotsorry for my geeky science talk, but serotonin is HUGE in the mental health world and when imbalanced in the brain,  is one of the factors leading to depression.  In addition to balancing our mood, they also increase memory and concentration.  Stay alert and calm with matcha!

Cinnamon: A little zing for the smoothie, but small amounts can do wonders for your body.  “As little as 1/2 of one teaspoon of cinnamon daily can have positive effects on blood sugar levels, digestion, immunity, and more. However stronger doses are also extremely beneficial for improving heart disease risk and cutting risk your for diabetes, cancer, and neuro-degenerative diseases.” (Health Benefits of Cinnamon by Dr. Axe)

Chia Seeds: One of the most nutritious foods on the planet! Chia seeds are an excellent source of vegan protein, loaded with Omega-3s and fiber to keep ya regular.
Soooo…Are you noticing a trend in the ingredients? Antioxidants and digestive regularity!
Check out the recipe below!

 

Matcha Blueberry Smoothie

Course Drinks
Prep Time 2 minutes
Total Time 2 minutes
Servings 1
Author Kelsie

Ingredients

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 cup blueberries, frozen
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 tsp Matcha powder
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Blend on high, enjoy! If the mixture is too thick for your preference, add more almond milk.