My Morning Smoothie:

I truly believe that breakfast IS the most important meal of the day, especially when it comes to kick-starting your nutrition for the day!

That’s why my every morning (except for on the weekend when I can make a nice big meal) I make a smoothie packed with some super nutrient dense and yummy ingredients!

Base liquids:

  • ~ 1/2 cup Carrot Juice – one of your best sources of Vitamin A and high amounts of antioxidants, carrots also provide a little bit of sweetness to the smoothie.
  • ~1/2 cup Coconut Milk – provides a source of MCT’s (read: healthy fats) and creates a nice texture to the smoothie.

Veggies:

  • 1 precooked Beet (in juices) – although beets have the highest sugar content of pretty much all vegetables, they are still highly nutritious and  a great source of vitamins and minerals such as folate, manganese, iron, vitamin C, vitamin B-complex, copper, and potassium. Rich in antioxidants, beets get their deep color from the betalain pigment, which has potent anti-inflammatory properties. Great for someone with Autoimmunity or general inflammation issues!
  • 1 small handful Rainbow Chard – a lesser known fact about dark leafy greens like chard is that they are a great source of vitamin K and calcium, two key nutrients needed to maintain a strong skeletal structure. Rainbow chard’s phytonutrient betalains are excellent for supporting detoxification by acting as anti-inflammatories and antioxidants within the gut. Not too mention chard’s super high fiber content, aiding in gut motility and elimination!

Fruits:

  • ~1/4 cup Blueberries – the original superfood! I remember my mom being blueberry obsessed when we were kids, and with good reason! High in antioxidants, cancer combatting, brain health boosting, inflammation fighting, digestive supporting and that is just to name a few. Plus, they add the bulk of the flavor to this smoothie!
  • 5 chunks frozen Mango – have a surprisingly great profile of digestive enzymes (think like papayas) and vitamins and minerals (including iron, potassium, and magnesium). Plus, another great source of fiber (specifically pectin) to help with regulating digestion and curbing hunger!

Added Boosts:

  • 2 scoops Collagen Peptides – you have likely read or heard a good thing or two about using collagen in your diet as a great source of protein and for skin health. I think the thing that excites me the most about this great addition to your diet is what it can do to support joint and digestive health.
    • Some information on how it supports gut health from Vital Proteins:
      • Increase stomach acid:  aminos acids increase gastric acid secretion, helping to better digest your food and prevent heartburn and GERD
      • Heal stomach ulcers:  the amino acids glycine and proline protect the stomach lining from injury and even prevent ulcers due to stress via a positive impact on the central nervous system
      • Aids in digestion: when eaten with other proteins or carbohydrates, gelatin will help to break down foods for easier digestion; and the gelling power of gelatin also holds water in the intestines where it is needed to help food move smoothly
      • Heal and seal the gut lining:  the amino acid glutamine is proven to improve the lining of the intestinal tract and encourage a healthy inflammatory response and digestive comfort; a strengthening of the intestinal lining helps to prevent food allergies by keeping food from leaching into the bloodstream.
  • 1 scoop Amazing Trio (Alfalfa, Wheat Grass, & Barley) – Wheatgrass, was also one of the original “superfoods” out there. I remember that, before I ever even heard the term, I saw wheatgrass shots advertised at the local Jamba Juice and tried one only to make a super “yuck” face. Now I know that these little grasses are packed full of nutrients and aid in overall health and detoxification. So in the smoothie they go!
  • ~1/4 tsp Spirulina – you can pretty much get everything you need from this amazing food source and that means that it too goes in! Bonus: it helps to fight candida overgrowth in the gut, which for someone with chronic gut issues is a BIG bonus!

No matter what you put in your own smoothie, remember to use a variety of fruits and veggies to ensure you are “eating the rainbow” and hitting marks across the food spectrum to get all the macro nutrients you can for a great start to the day!

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