Happy New Year everyone!! Can you believe it’s 2018?! I can’t. Life is going by way quicker than I’d like it to, but, in the spirit of New Years, let’s talk New Years resolutions! Statistically speaking, most of you will make a resolution for a “healthier you” in some form or fashion. It may be that you are resolving to eat healthier, to lose some weight, or to start excercizing. Well, this post is created to help you!
I have one simple tip for you that will no doubt help you lose some weight, get more nutrition in your diet, and motivate you to eat healthier the rest of the day. Introducing…the breakfast smoothie. Replace it with whatever you eat for breakfast (you do eat breakfast, don’t you? Please don’t skip this meal!), and set the tone for a healthy day. I make this smoothie, or a version of it (depending on what I have stocked in the kitchen) every morning. After I have a baby, I usually eat eggs for breakfast to get my milk supply up, but after a couple months, back to the smoothie I go. (I also discovered that I am allergic to eggs, so I’ve created this in such a way that it will keep milk supply up if you are a nursing mama like I am). I truly see the weight begin to drop off when I make the switch to my morning smoothie, but I don’t in any way feel deprived because it is loaded with healthy fats and fiber. I also find that when I start my day this way, I feel lighter and have more energy because it’s easy on digestion (it also helps that it gets you moving in the direction of the porceline throne, if you know what I mean. Hello fiber!)… Ahem, anyway, another added benefit is I desire to eat healthier for the next meal as well, so I like that it has a domino effect on my food choices. All these wonderful effects on my day just because of one simple change!
My kids love it too! My two year old comes running into the kitchen every morning as I’m whizzing it up yelling, “mom, I want smoothie too”! What a great way to get loaded nutrition into little growing bodies. I hope you all try this out as you step into 2018. I decided last minute to make a video to show you how I make mine. It’s spontaneous and you may laugh at some parts, but, hey, this motherhood thing never looks perfect, so I’m not even going to try! If it helps you make this healthier change, then it’s all worth it.
My Morning Smoothie: (some links are provided)
1 C water
1 Tbs MCT oil NOW MCT 100% Oil, 32-Ounce
Large handful of fresh or frozen greens (if you are out of greens, add a couple Tbs of green powder)
½-1 C of frozen berries
1-2 Tbs flax seeds Bob’s Red Mill Whole Flaxseed, 24 Ounce
Protein Powder (I like bone broth protein powder, or vegetable based. If you can handle whey, you could use that)I use this one…Ancient Nutrition Bone Broth Protein Powder, Pure Flavor, 20 Servings Size
Collagen Powder (this will add some protein too, but I use it mainly to support my joints and skin) I use this one…Dr. Axe Multi-Collagen Protein Powder – High-Quality Blend of Grass-Fed Beef, Chicken, Wild Fish and Eggshell Collagen Peptides, Providing Type I, II, III, V and X – Formerly Dr. Collagen or this one is is good too and cheaper..Great Lakes Gelatin Collagen Hydrolysate Beef, Kosher, 16 oz.
1 tsp maca powder (this stuff is amazing for many things, but for me it is a great mood booster and supports my adrenals. Also known to boost libido…just sayin’) Navitas Organics Maca Gelatinized Powder, 4 Ounce
Roughly 1 C coconut or almond milk (the amount will be up to you depending on how thick you like it. If you are using frozen greens, you will need more liquid)
¼ avocado if you have it on hand
Optional ¼ C frozen okra (you will not taste this, but it will turn your smoothie into a creamy milk shake texture if that’s what you like, as well as adding lots of nutrition)
Throw it all in your blender and give it a good whiz. I use a Vitamix because that thing can puree anything. No chunks here! Vitamix 5200 Blender, Black
Throw it in a glass that makes you feel strong and powerful (wink!), and enjoy! I have been known to drink this out of a wine glass on those mornings where I wake up and stumble my way into the kitchen feeling like Cinderella. Somehow washing dishes while I sip on a healthy smoothie from a wine glass makes life feel a little more fun. I know, sounds crazy, but just try it, you may be surprised.
Cheers to a slimmer, happier you in 2018!
- Update-I had a friend text me this morning that she couldn’t stand all the seeds in the smoothie. As we talked about it, we think that maybe it had to do with the blackberries. She noticed that in the kind she bought the blackberries were huge (which would equate to huge seeds!). I have had this happen before with some brands of berries, so if you find this is the case for you, you could pick out the blackberries before you throw it all together, or you could nix the mixed berries and just buy a bag of just frozen blueberries. (This will be higher in sugars, but not as high as a banana!) Hope this helps for any of you that don’t like the seeds!!