Everyone slips up when it comes to maintaining a healthy diet. Let’s face it, our world just isn’t designed around healthy eating.
Today we’re going to look at an easy & lip-smacking delicious fix – a smoothie recipe to help you get back on track with your healthy nutrition plan. Whether you’ve missed a couple days of healthy eating, or you just need to replenish your resources, this is the perfect drink.
When done right, shakes and smoothies can be great meal replacements or snacking options on a healthy diet. You’ve got to watch the sugar and added fruit juices, as these usually just lead to an unwanted spike in your blood glucose levels. This is why I like to make my own smoothies. I can control what goes into them, down to every ingredient.
Smoothies are also great for a highly active lifestyle, and can help sustain energy and get you through your workouts with a lot more motivation.
So here it is, one of my best smoothie recipes to get your healthy habits back in order.
A Green Smoothie Recipe to Jump Start Your Health
Combine the following ingredients in your blender and blend on high speed until smooth. You can easily double this one up if there are two of you.
1 banana, frozen or chilled – Bananas are great sources of energy, packed full of potassium and other vitamins and minerals. A banana is pretty much a staple in all of my smoothie recipes. Using them chilled or frozen is best, but not necessary.
½ cup of coconut water – Coconut water is great for replenishing your system, as it’s full of natural electrolytes. Hydration is always key, but make sure you avoid coconut water with added sugar or sweetening.
½ cup of unsweetened almond milk – In my opinion, almond milk is your best option when it comes to a healthy dairy alternative. Almonds contain a ton of nutrients to support a healthy lifestyle, including healthy fats and a bit of plant-based protein. Just make sure you avoid the stuff that has added sugar.
1 teaspoon of coconut oil – Coconut oil is another healthy fat that will boost your metabolism and help reverse some signs of aging. This one is my favorite – Nutiva Organic Extra-Virgin Coconut Oil
¼ cup of fresh baby spinach – Spinach is full of calcium and is a rich source of healthy antioxidants. No green smoothie would be complete without this gem!
¼ cup of fresh kale – I like to go with the dark stuff, but any kind of kale will do. You’ve probably heard about the health benefits of this one, but its vitamin and mineral content offer serious boosts to your health.
1 handful of frozen blueberries – Blueberries are pretty low in sugar, but their phytonutrients and antioxidants are fantastic to help boost your healthy diet into the next level.
For the last ingredient, I’m going to give you a choice. You can definitely add both, but I find these ingredients can overwhelm the flavor just a bit in combination.
1 scoop of green superfood powder – This stuff is great to have on hand for smoothies. The phytonutrients, vitamins, and minerals contained in 1 scoop of this stuff will help you meet most of your nutritional requirements. Take a look here – Amazing Grass Green SuperFood Powder
1 scoop of matcha green tea powder – Match powder is ideal if you need a little pick-me-up, especially in the mornings. In fact, matcha powder can be a great replacement to your morning coffee, with a high dose of caffeine but lots of antioxidants and other health ingredients at the same time. Check it out here – Green Foods Matcha Green Tea
Finish things off with a few ice cubes (as desired), and you’re ready to jump start your diet and get your healthy habits back on track.
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