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My Top 5 Smoothie Ingredients

These are my go to ingredients when making a smoothie each day. Remember the below 5 ingredients should always be ORGANIC, Unsweetened, and come from reputable sources. I use other ingredients in conjunction with these 5, but these are by far my favorite 🙂

Chia seeds – Chia meaning, “strength” in the Mayan language is rich in fiber, Omega 3 Fats, protein and vitamins. They are rich in antioxidants and antioxidants speed up the skin’s repair systems, and prevent further damage. Not only will you fight aging skin with these seeds, but they are high in fiber which will help balance your blood sugar and promote a healthy bowel movement.

Spirulina- Spirulina is a natural “algae” powder that is incredibly high in protein and a good source of antioxidants, B-vitamins and other nutrients. It is considered to be one of the most potent nutrient sources available. It is filled with protein and essential amino acids, and is great for vegetarians because of its high natural iron content. It is also high in calcium and Chlorophyll. Chlorophyll helps to remove toxins from the blood and boost the immune system. Can you say SUPER FOOD?

IMG_1394Greens Powder- Greens Powder is just what is sounds like. It is powder made from nutrient dense greens, sprouts, fruits, and veggies as well as live probiotics and enzymes. Some of these powders can taste a little bitter so by mixing in a smoothie with other ingredients you can hardly taste it.  While eating veggies is also important, greens powder will give you a real bang for your buck. More than a pound of greens may be used to make a single ounce of powder, and the grasses and algae can offer a greater nutrient density by volume than the various green vegetables you will find in the supermarket.

Almond Butter- I love throwing a tablespoon of Almond Butter into my smoothies. Just one tablespoon can transform your drink into something more nuttier and smoother. It goes without saying you want to use raw NO SUGAR added almond butter. This is high in healthy fats and fiber. These healthy fats can improve your cholesterol levels, fight cardiovascular disease and provide energy.

Coconut Water – Coconut water is awesome in smoothies when you are going for a sweeter taste. I don’t use it all the time, but I like to include in my smoothies after a workout. Coconut water is great for replenishing electrolytes lost during exercise and helps to rehydrate you. Also coco water contains… antioxidants! Antioxidants help fight  damaging free radicals (unstable molecules that are produced in your cells during metabolism) Their production increases in response to stress or injury. When there are too many free radicals, the body is said to be in a state of oxidative stress which can damage cells and increase risk of diseases.

 

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