Disclaimer: This is not intended to be used in any way as nutritional or medical advice.
As many of you know, I live a very active life which includes teaching several classes a day as well as my own daily workout.
I’m sure you’ve also heard the adage that breakfast is the most important meal of the day – what fuel you give your body in the morning helps your body set the tone for the day. However, I am not a big breakfast eater…the thought of a big or heavy breakfast in the morning doesn’t appeal to me at all.
That being said, my morning go-to meal is a smoothie, power-packed with the nutrients that provide my daily vitamins and minerals to support me.
As with all my meals, I try and get most of my nutrient needs from foods and whole food sources.
Here’s how I like to make my smoothie in the morning!
My Must-Have Ingredients
1. Collagen powder
I always add a protein powder of some sort and having been using a Collagen Powder, which also has protein in it, for over a year now – and I like the results! Collagen is a substance naturally found in our bodies that promotes healthy skin and skin regeneration, as well as hair and nails. Collagen may also help increase muscle mass, prevent bone loss, and relieve joint pain.
2. Superfoods – green powder
I always use a superfood greens mixture to provide me with the vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants I need throughout the day. Superfoods fulfill all of the requirements for the 7-8 servings a day we need for veggies and fruit. I always make sure my green powder has wheat grass in it. I overcame cancer at the age of 25 naturally and wheat grass was an important part of that as it contains some specific cancer fighting elements and is overall a great food for eliminating radical toxins.
My Optional Ingredients
3. Beet root powder
I found this wonderful beet root powder that I am trying out now. Beet root is very good for your vascular system, lowering blood pressure, cleansing the blood, helping to regulate blood sugar, fighting inflammation, and supporting liver health and more!
4. Vitamin C
I sometimes add in a Vitamin C powder for a boost to my immune system – especially during cold or flu season and yes, COVID season!
Maca is a plant that is sometimes called Peruvian Ginseng and works on our reproductive system to tone and strengthen. Maca is also good to boost endurance, improve our mood, and increase our learning ability and memory.
I usually add in fresh greens, such as spinach, and yogurt, a good source of probiotics for my digestion. I also typically add some frozen fruit. I like mixed berries, pineapple, and watermelon. Tip: whenever I find pineapples or watermelons or even grapes on sale, I will purchase, cut them into small chunks (not the grapes), and freeze them, making them an easy addition to my smoothie in the morning.
Vickie’s Morning Smoothie Recipe
Put the following ingredients together in the blender:
- 3/4 – 1 cup liquid – water, almond, coconut or oat milk
- 1/3 cup plain yogurt
- Hand full of fresh greens – kale, spinach, or chard
- 1/3 cup frozen fruit – pineapple, berries, watermelon, bananas, etc
- Collagen powder or clean protein powder of your choice – follow serving suggestion on label.
- Green superfood powder – follow serving suggestion on label
- Vitamin C powder
- Beet root
- Hemp seeds
You may need to add more liquid to get your desired consistency. Blend until smooth and drink up!
If you give this recipe a try, let me know how you like it!
And I would love to know if you have any smoothie tips! Share them with me below!!