Smoothies… oh how I love to *eat smoothies. Everyone is always asking me for recipes but, honestly, I’m so freestyle I hardly ever remember exactly what goes in… but for you sweet ones, I’m going to try!
Every morning I wake up (I would love to say without my alarm but alas, the life of a morning teaching yoga teacher who has not yet learnt to go to bed before 9.30pm does not make this possible…yet!), I have a good sloosh and gargle with coconut or sesame oil and then have a jar of warm spring water with ACV (apple cider vinegar). ACV is a prebiotic and a good aid for detoxing, controlling blood sugar levels and lots, lots more.
Then comes the yoga, the meditation, the journaling… and when the tummy grumbles I know it’s green juice and smoothie time!
Here are my 5 rules of thumb for making awesome smoothies that your body will love:
- Keep the fructose and sweet aspect low – now, this doesn’t do much for taste but it will help set your body on a non sweet path for the day rather than getting it amped on sugar and fruit and popping your taste buds on the sweet train.
- Boost the fat content by adding nuts, coconut oil, coconut, avocado (for example). Our brain needs fat to function and our body uses fat as a clean energy source so please do not be afraid of F.A.T…. It’s the best!!
- Add some weird stuff – as smoothies are well blended, you can get in some super nourishing extras that taste pretty funky on their own. I like to add seaweed, spirulina, chlorella, tumeric, cayenne pepper and a whole host of other nutritional boosters.
- Add some greens – once whipped together with the good stuff you won’t even notice the kale or spinach you threw in at the last minute.
- Add good spring or filtered water – first thing in the morning our body is begging for rehydration and your smoothie will do just that.
BERRY CACAO SMOOTHIE:
- a handful of organic frozen berries – jammed packed with antioxidants
- a good dash of chai seeds
- shaved coconut
- half a frozen banana (if you feel you need a bit more sweet)
- tsp of coconut oil
- pinch tumeric for its anti-inflammatory qualities
- pinch of cayenne pepper to boost the metabolism
- tsp spirulina / or chorella or both
- tbs maca powder
- pinch of Himalayan pink salt
- a small handful of cashews
- tbs of raw cacao for a little chocolate decadence
- a tsp of bee pollen
- a little dulse seaweed
- some kale leave (removing the stalks as they are a bit tough)
- cup or so of spring or filtered water
Pop it all in the blender and WHIZZ it up into a delicious breakfast drink that will keep you feeling full until past lunch time (providing there is enough fat in it).
Happy smoothie making my dears… I promise to keep posting radical recipes as I create them.
AND - I would love to hear your ideas. Tell me your favourite smoothie creation – I’d love to try it!
*eat was not an error – these babies are so think you have to devour them with a spoon. Savouring every mouthful and giving heartfelt thanks… infusing every bite with high vibes, love, light and gratitude!