There’s nothing quite as refreshing as starting your day off with a fresh juice or smoothie. On cold morning, I usually opt for steel cut oats, something nice and warm. But living in Florida, those cool mornings don’t happen very often. And a juice or smoothie helps kick off the day. It’s quick if I’m on the run. And the sound of the blender or juicer running helps to wake everyone else up – added bonus.
I usually just look in the fridge and pull out whatever I have handy. This morning, I was a tad bit more intentional as I am trying to be more health conscience and having a full day scheduled, I knew I needed to add some extra energy boosters.
I’m really bad about actually measuring when I made a smoothie so all measurements are approximate.
Good Morning Green Smoothie
- Almond Breeze Almond/Coconut Unsweetened milk (about 1/4 cup. You could also use just almond or coconut if you don’t have the blend)
- raw spinach (organic is best. I usually add about 2 cups but this time was only 1 really pressed down….I ran out)
- Now, blend that until spinach is completely pureed.
- Greek yogurt (I usually use vanilla but I was out so I added plain and a few drops of vanilla extract)
- Vanilla whey powder
- 1 tsp Maca powder
- 1 tsp chia seeds
- 1 tsp coconut oil
- Blend again. This time I did it to make sure the coconut oil was well blended before I added the frozen fruit in case the fruit “grabbed” any of the oil and I had oil chunks in my smoothie. Which I personally wouldn’t mind. But then it wouldn’t be …well…smooth.
- Frozen mango chunks. Probably about a little less than a cup. Or one fresh. Frozen is great because then you don’t have to add ice, which waters it down.
What??!! You don’t use Maca Powder?
I first learned of this because it was an ingredient in my favorite whey powder which I am currently out of so I just bought it by itself to add to all the various protein powders I already own. Maca has been used for years and years. It helps with energy, brain/memory function, balance hormones (you know, cause I’m approaching that time when somedays I’m feeling a little crazy), it’s full of vitamins/minerals (especially all of those B’s that I desperately need to help with my iron absorption!), and has helped people’s skin (acne).
I will admit I take it because I suffer from anemia and my body does not absorb iron well (even liquid iron supplements). Right now my body is very anemic which results in constant exhaustion and headaches.
It is also well-known for infertility (for men and womden) and ummmm…..a willingness to do what it takes to get pregnant. ah-hem. I’m pretty positive my family is complete and fertility has always been a strong suite for me anyway. But if you are looking for a natural way to boost yours…well, here ya go.
I am not a medical professional and with all things, you should ask your own doctor what you should and shouldn’t take. There can be disadvantages if you take too much maca too soon. Too much of a good thing can be bad. I take ONE TEASPOON and only about three times a week. You can read one person’s experience with taking too much here.
And what about chia seeds? They are supposed to help with weight loss (I think by making you feel more full = less cravings) but I’ve personally noticed a little more energy. Here’s what good ole Dr Oz has to say. (You can just google search it too. I’m not a huge fan of Dr Oz when it comes to weight loss, just a personal opinion but it seems like every week he has a new discovery of the only thing you need to lose weight.)
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