I listened to a pod cast the other day that had me on the edge of my seat…. Now granted, smoothies don’t get everyone as excited as they get me, but I found what I learned was definitely worth passing on.
In my opinion, I find smoothies are an easy way to up your nutrition intake. I’m not the most consistent when it comes to adding vegetables to my daily routine so a daily green smoothie is something I’ve committed to for the last few years to insure I at least get a handful of greens daily because there really isn’t anything healthier then veggies. So, to find out new info. (at least new to me) about how I can make a smoothie keep me stay full for longer, keep blood sugar level and give extra energy is quite valuable!
I listened to THIS podcast (Episode 70) where Kelly LeVeque founder of the blog, Be Well By Kelly was being interviewed. She talked about a lot of different health related subjects but smoothies were high on the list. She said that a smoothie should only have 1/4 a cup of fruit in order to not experience a spike in blood sugar. In case you didn’t know, keeping your blood sugar balanced encourages weight loss. Eating sugary foods, spikes blood sugar which encourages the body to store fat.
She went on to suggest each smoothie have 20 grams of protein, a hearty serving of fiber, healthy fats and a handful or 2 of green leafy veggies.
Collagen powder is a great protein as well as a plant based protein powder like THIS. Healthy fats include raw nut butters, avocado or coconut oil. A great source of fiber is chia seeds or flax seeds.
Kelly is a nutrition specialist and said that if her clients will commit to a morning smoothie, they will be able to keep blood sugar balanced, stay full for longer and in turn lose weight. She believes the morning meal is imperative to keep the blood sugar balanced so that fat can be burned through out the day. Go HERE for more on blood sugar.
So, I’ve been changing up my smoothie recipe all week and following Kelly’s formula. I must say, I am staying full longer and am not minding the taste of WAY LESS fruit.
- 2 scoops collagen powder (find it HERE)
- 1-2 tbsp. chia and/or flax seeds (find HERE)
- 1-2 tbsp. of MCT oil or coconut oil (find MCT HERE) (find coconut HERE)
- 2 handfuls of spinach
- 1/4 cup frozen berries
- 1/2 cup water
This might seem like a rather hard-core smoothie and it is. But, the taste is not at all offensive because spinach is so mild, there is not a strong taste. Kale on the other hand is bitter and I’m not quite ready to add it but I will eventually. The collagen powder has no taste. My ride or die is collagen powder. I will never be without it. I believe I have leaky gut and collagen can actually rebuild fibers in your intestines. Not to mention my hair and nails are extremely healthy and my skin greatly benefits. When I’m not on collagen, my nails split and my hair gets dull. My stomach also acts up. Go HERE for my full post on collagen peptides. MCT oil gives immediate energy plus I had MCT oil left over from when I was adding it to my coffee. Chia and Flax is tasteless and a great source of fiber which helps keep you satisfied longer. I found it in a bag from Garden of Life that contains both and is very reasonable! Find it HERE.
I think with this formula, you can set yourself up for success by committing to this smoothie for your breakfast. It’s balanced, full of nutrition and best of all, it keeps your blood sugar stable. I find that I don’t get hungry until 12:30-1!
Try it and leave your thoughts and experiences below! I’d love to know!