As most of you know, I am a HUGE fan of cooking all my meals. Yes, I generally cook ALL my meals. I do this for a few reasons – cost, health, and taste being the main reasons. I LOVE having control over what I put in my body, and so I rarely ever eat take-out or buy packaged food. However, like everyone else, there are days when I have to get out of the house faster than others. Or maybe I am not particularly hungry one morning, but I have a lot to do and still need fuel to get it done. Or maybe I just want some more variety. In all these cases, I have often chosen to make a smoothie for breakfast or even lunch when I need some nourishment.
I know what you’re thinking. Why would I want to DRINK a meal instead of eat one? Answer: I don’t. But, along with the reasoning outlined above, sometimes a smoothie just hits the spot. Plus a nutritious smoothie is quick energy and nutrition. And, of course, they’re easy to make, easy to clean up after, and they’re awesomely DELICIOUS!
Not to get off track, but for more complete smoothie nutrition, I generally add a protein supplement, especially pre or post workout. I like BioChem Whey Protein (the chocolate flavor) and I add [embedit snippet=”grass-fed-gelatin”] It is surprisingly difficult to get enough protein in the daily diet. Dietary protein can help one to 1) maintain weight 2) lose weight and 3) gain muscle mass. Getting enough protein is extremely important for muscle growth and repair, especially when paired with carbohydrates. If I have some meals in a given day that do not contain meat or fish, I add a protein shake or smoothie into the mix to get my protein consumption where it needs to be. I like to consume enough grams of protein daily to equal or be greater than my lean body mass. Since we are all unique – metabolically & otherwise – you should do what works best for you. And, of course if you so desire or prefer, you can use protein supplements that are [embedit snippet=”plant-based”].
Want to try having a smoothie for breakfast or lunch for a change of pace?
Here is my favorite recipe:
Good Morning Smoothie
Makes 1 large, super thick serving
1 cup coconut milk
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1/2 frozen banana
2 tbsp [embedit snippet=”sunbutter-sunflower-seed-butter”]
3 cups of fresh spinach or kale
1 serving of protein powder
1 serving of [embedit snippet=”Grass-fed gelatin”]
1 tsp Carlson’s Cod Liver Oil
Blend and serve! This smoothie is VERY thick. Filling! Delicious!!!
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