(almost) Every morning I start my day with a yummy smoothie, packed with tons of things I will need to get my through the day. When I started on this food journey, I decided to cut out my morning coffee. At first it was quite the challenge. But over time I came to realize that I have a TON more energy without it. Caffeine seems to give a high, but then it is followed by a low. For me I found if I wasn’t drinking coffee all day, the morning cup was just causing a crash later on and not very helpful.
Smoothies have now become my morning pick-me-up, and really keep my energy level up throughout the morning.
Almond Milk: I have an intolerance to cow’s milk, so I choose to avoid it as much as I can. I prefer almond milk to other substitutes (soy, rice, etc.) because of its benefits. It is low in calories and fat, and contains protein and many essential vitamins (E, magnesium, potassium, iron, calcium, and more!).
Berries: As for fruit, berries are near the bottom of the list in terms of sugar content. They aid in learning and memory, are full of fibre (aiding in digestion), help lower blood pressure, and they’re super tasty!
(source: 9 Amazing Health Benefits of Berries | Everyday Health)
Flax seeds: Flax seeds are high in Omega-3 essential fatty acids, lignans (high in antioxidants, and may be linked to prevents certain types of cancer), and fibre.
(source: Benefits of Flaxseeds | WebMd)
Hemp Seeds: Hemp seeds are definitely a super-food! They contain a ton of protein, and contain all nine essential amino acids. They also contain fibre and vitamin E.
(source: Hemp Seed: Nutritional Value and Thoughts | The Nourishing Gourmet)
Almond Butter: Good for the heart, lowers blood pressure, helps control blood sugar, rich in antioxidants, and are high in protein, fibre, and monosaturated fats!
(source: 5 Health Benefits of Almond Butter | 3 Fat Chicks)
Spinach: Spinach is low in fat/calories and high in vitamins (A, K, manganese, and folate). It contains protein, calcium, and dietary fibre. Spinach contains an abundance of cancer-fighting antioxidants, improves cardiovascular health, fights a variety of cancers, improves brain function, and fights against aging. Do you really need any more reason to add spinach into your diet?
(source: The Health Benefits of Spinach | Livestrong.com)
Morning Berry Smoothie Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups milk of choice (I prefer unsweetened vanilla almond milk)
3/4 cup frozen berries
1 tbsp ground flax seeds
2 tbsp hemp seeds
1 tbsp almond butter
1 cup spinach (fresh or frozen)
1-2 ice cubes
1. Place ingredients in blender.
3. Drink up!