Energizing Green Smoothie

Energizing Green Smoothie

Switch up your morning breakfast routine with this smoothie recipe from the book Eat Pretty. This is a perfect go-to for those who find themselves skipping breakfast for lack of time. For convenience purposes, green smoothies are as portable as a muffin or pastry—but so much more nutrient-rich.

Smoothies make appealing spring breakfasts since they are light and ideal vehicles for greens and veggies that energize your cells. Bump up the protein content with a scoop of a whey isolate protein powder like Zero Carb Isopure in Vanilla, or a plant-based powder like Garden Of Life Raw Protein

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Health benefits of this recipe:

  • Spinach contains bone-strengthening vitamin K and an abundance of minerals like iron, manganese, and magnesium. Eat spinach with vitamin C-rich foods like lemon or strawberries to aid in the absorption of its nutrients.
  • A handful of dandelion greens has over 100 percent of your daily vitamin A needs. These greens also have diuretic properties that reduce bloating.
  • Parsley is packed with iron and is a blood cleanser.
  • Avocados are nature’s healthiest source of fats. The vitamin E they contain help keep skin cells strong and hydrated. They are also good sources of fiber!
  • Lemons are chock full of collagen-building vitamin C and immune-boosting bioflavonoids. Bioflavonoids boost lymph flow and strengthen blood vessels, aiding in the prevention of varicose veins.
  • Lemons also have properties that clean out the digestive tract and diuretic and laxative effects—helping you maintain a flat belly all day.
  • Bananas have the ability to provide fast energy, perfect for your AM hustle.  They also contain complex carbs that increase mood-enhancing serotonin production in the body—walk into work with a smile! Tip: the riper the banana, the more antioxidants! (Hart, 144)

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Gluten free cereal option from the book Grain Brain
Gluten free cereal option from the book Grain Brain
Gluten free cereal option from the book Grain Brain

Ingredients

2 cups of water

2 large handfuls of spinach leaves

1 medium handful of dandelion greens or watercress

1 medium handful of parsley, thick stems removed

½ ripe avocado

1 organic lemon, peeled

½ frozen banana

Instructions

In a high-powered blend, combine the water, spinach, dandelion greens, and parsley, and blend to a coarse puree. Add the avocado, lemon (and some strips of the peel for added flavor and extra bioflavonoids, if you like), and banana. Blend on high until smooth and creamy. Serve immediately.

Serving suggestions:

 

serves: 2-4 | total time: 10 minutes

SHOP THIS RECIPE

Single Serve Travel Blender

Blend up your morning smoothie to-go

Garden Of Life Raw Protein

Garden Of Life Raw Protein

Plant-based protein powder

Nature's Best Zero Carb Isopure

Nature's Best Zero Carb Isopure

Whey protein powder

Eat Pretty Book

Eat Pretty Book

Great season-based recipes and nutrition/beauty advice

RECIPE MACROS

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Calories and macros will vary based on ingredients used. Recipe macros based on 1/4 of the recipe and 1 scoop of Isopure Zero Carb Powder.

References

Hart, Jolene, CHC, AADP. Eat Pretty: Nutrition for Beauty, Inside and Out. San Francisco: Chronicle, 2014. Print.

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Quick Crunchy “Cereal”

Quick Crunchy “Cereal”

As you’ll soon learn, I am obsessed with breakfast foods. Since reading the Grain Brain by David Perlmutter, MD I have added this recipe to my rotation. It packs brain-boosting healthy fats and an abundance of antioxidants. Like its name implies, it’s a quick recipe to throw together on a busy morning or as a midday snack. You can easily modify it by adding your favorite nuts and berries. If you give this recipe a try, share your creation with me on Instagram by using #bodyofgratitudenutrition

 

Health benefits of this recipe:

  • Great source of healthy fats from the Walnuts. Walnuts are a good source for omega-3s and Vitamin E.
  • Coconut has great electrolyte balancing minerals and antiaging properties from the Selenium it contains.
  • Blueberries are full of great antioxidants, Vitamin E, Vitamin C, and Potassium. Blueberries also help reduce fat storage by decreasing insulin resistance. They are also a great source of neuroprotective resveratrol.
  • Looking to add more fiber into your day? Swap raspberries for blueberries. You’ll also be protecting collagen and adding in Vitamin B and Biotin.
  • Unsweetened almond milk is low in both calories and sugar. Store bought almond milk is usually fortified with half of your daily dose of vitamin E, the beauty vitamin that keeps skin moisturized and protected from the sun, plus 45 percent of your calcium and 25 percent of your vitamin D. Bonus- It’s free of the hormones and antibiotics found in conventional dairy (Hart, 111).

See the full recipe below images.

Gluten free cereal option from the book Grain Brain
Gluten free cereal option from the book Grain Brain
Gluten free cereal option from the book Grain Brain

Ingredients

¼ cup crushed raw, unsalted walnuts (or other nuts)

¼ cup coconut flakes

1 handful of fresh berries

⅔ cup whole milk or almond milk

Instructions

Combine the ingredients in a bowl and enjoy.

Serving suggestions:

  • Need more protein? Mix water and your favorite protein powder and use it as the “milk”.
  • Need more fiber? Use raspberries instead of blueberries.
  • For added omegas top with chia seeds, hemp seeds or ground flax seeds.

 

serves: 1 | total time: 5 minutes

RECIPE MACROS

calories

protein

fat

carb

Calories and macros will vary based on ingredients used. Recipe macros based on ½ cup of blueberries and unsweetened vanilla almond milk.

References

Perlmutter, David, MD. Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar–Your Brain’s Silent Killers. New York: Little Brown, 2013. Print.

Hart, Jolene, CHC, AADP. Eat Pretty: Nutrition for Beauty, Inside and Out. San Francisco: Chronicle, 2014. Print.

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