“Good morning is not just a word; it is an action and a belief to live the entire day well. Morning is the time when you set the tone for the rest of the day. Set it right!” Fain Blake
My intention, every day, is to have the best day ever. Over time I’ve come to realise that by setting up my morning routine in the most optimal way possible for me, then I’m most likely to have the best day ever. Part of my morning routine, every day, is to have a smoothie! There is no excuse that I allow to get in the way. I previously might have complained that I was too busy, didn’t have enough time, was running late for work, but they’re just excuses. And come 10am, and sitting at my desk without a smoothie, those excuses wear thin!
I often have a lot of people asking me what I put in my morning smoothie. Below is a list of the goodies that I use. I don’t use all of these ingredients, each day I mix it up and will select different ingredients depending on how I’m feeling and what’s right for me at that time. If you don’t make a smoothie yet and are looking to start making a daily smoothie, ease into it. If you mix everything I have listed below into one smoothie it will likely taste like rubbish and you won’t want to eat it. Smoothies are both nutritious and DELICIOUS! If your smoothie isn’t delicious, you’re not making it right.
For me, a balanced smoothie contains:
- leafy greens
- something sweet
- soaked nuts/seeds
Set out below is a list of what can be used for each of the above essential ingredients. From the below list you can make any number of combinations of smoothies that will taste amazing and truly nourish your body!
First – add some Leafy Greens
- baby spinach
- Chinese greens
- cos lettuce
- bok choy
- dandelion greens
- collard greens
- beetroot tops
- carrot tops
It is important to rotate your greens. I put my greens on a weekly rotation. For example, week 1 I will have kale, week 2 is baby spinach, week 3 silverbeet, and so on. You can have more than one type of green at a time, but ensure you rotate it.
Green leafy vegetables contain small amounts of toxins which act as a defence mechanism to protect a plant from predators. In high amounts, these toxins (such as oxalic and goitrogens) can be harmful. Does this mean that you shouldn’t have leafy green vegetables? No. It simply means not to overindulge in large amounts of one type of green for an extended period of time.
Rotating your greens also provides nutritional diversity, giving your body a broader range of nutrients over time. Greens are highly alkalising and a powerful healing food – it’s important to be getting your greens in daily.
Second - Put in Something Sweet
- apple (organic only, apples are one of the dirty dozen)
- beetroot (start with a small amount and build up over time, otherwise they will get you pooping fairly quickly!)
- strawberries (organic only)
- blueberries (organic only)
- banana (not as good for women with hormone problems, and aren’t the best for maintaining balanced blood sugar levels)
It’s important to ensure your smoothie tastes delicious. No point mixing up a whole lot of amazing ingredients that taste rubbish because you’ll never drink it. I used to have bananas in my smoothie every day, however now I find them too sweet. I’ve also read that women with hormone problems should avoid having bananas due to the problems with blood sugar regulation – but you know what, it’s a banana at the end of the day. You’re eating a whole food, something from Mother Nature – is it really going to hurt your body? You need to ask yourself that.
No one knows our bodies as well as we do. If you feel like having a banana or two in your smoothie, do, and just notice how you feel 15 minutes afterwards. If you’re full of energy and feel great, then obviously that smoothie combination works for you. If you feel tired or lethargic after having your smoothie, that combination is not optimal for you and you need to change some of the ingredients.
Third – Add Soaked Nuts/Seeds
- almonds (soaked overnight, for at least 8 hours, rinse off the water you soaked them in – do not use that water in your smoothie)
- walnuts (soaked)
- flax seeds (soaked overnight) or ground into meal
- nut/seed mixes (soak overnight)
Adding nuts and seeds to your smoothie is an excellent way to add more protein and essential fatty acids to your smoothie. Soaking nuts before eating them makes them more bio-available (your body can assimilate the nutrients contained in the nut more easily).
Almonds especially MUST BE SOAKED because they contain enzyme inhibitors that prevent you being able to absorb them, also, it aids digestion to soak your nuts first. If you don’t soak almonds before eating them you’re wasting your money. Your body cannot absorb any nutrients from the almonds, you might as well save your body the energy of passing them through you and tip them down the toilet.
Fourth – Add a Decent Scoop of Superfoods
There are so many out there to choose from, it can get overwhelming and confusing. So keep it simple! I have found an awesome mix that I LOVE, it’s called Revive and is made by Super Health, click here to check it out (I have no association with Super Health, I just love their high quality products, hence why I am confident in promoting their website). I really like this product because it has sooooo many goodies in it, and you only need a small amount.
Fifth – Oil
- coconut oil
- olive oil
- avocado oil
- flax seed oil
- Udo’s oil
We NEED oil in every meal to stimulate our gall bladder to release bile into our liver and enable proper digestion. Eating the right oil IS GOOD FOR YOU!
I love using coconut oil because it’s high in omega 3. We require omega 3 for healthy heart function. You could also add half an avocado to your smoothie, it’s full of essential fatty acids and adds a beautiful creaminess to the smoothie.
Instead of just adding water to mix it together, I will make a tea the night before, the tea I use will depend on the smoothie flavour I’m going for. E.g. if I am going to make a cacao based smoothie, I might use the chai tea I have as the spices taste nice with the cacao. I might also that I add cinnamon to my smoothie.
Here’s cheers to starting your day off as the best day ever! Bottoms up!
“You will make incredible progress in your life when you accept 100% responsibility for everything that happens to you. You are where you are and who you are because of one person – yourself.” David ‘Avocado’ Wolfe
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