Energy-Boosting Smoothie

Energy-Boosting Avocado Spinach Smoothie

One thing I swear by when it comes to weight loss, fat loss, muscle building, and general health, is drinking a delicious, nutrient-packed smoothie every day. I usually drink mine first thing in the morning to kick-start my day, and when I’m stuck at work for a long time, I’ll bring the ingredients and make one there for me as well. Not only will this smoothie detox your system and provide you with much-needed nutrients, but it will also help your hair, skin, and nails look and feel amazing, and it will also help curb cravings throughout the day. And if you need any more reasons to join me in this healthy habit, just know that it tastes great too!

The really important ingredient in this smoothie is the avocado. Avocados are packed with healthy fats, which give you energy that doesn’t leave you “crashing” later on, unlike sugar. They also work wonders for your skin and hair, and they give any smoothie a great thick consistency. For more info on healthy fats, check out this article where I talk about it in more depth.

One more quick note here: If it at all possible, be sure to buy organic fruit and vegetables. Not only do they taste better, but you don’t want to blend up all the pesticides and that crap in your healthy smoothie. It kind of defeats the purpose.. If something is not available organic at your grocery store, just wash it really well with cold water before you slice, eat, or blend it.

Ingredients:

  • Handful of spinach
  • 1/4 of an avocado (work up to putting in a half if you want)
  • 1/4 of a cucumber
  • 2 baby carrots
  • 1 celery stalk
  • 1/4 cup non-fat Greek yogurt (I like the flavored kind, but plain is technically better for you. This part is optional.)
  • 1 banana
  • Juice from 1/2 a lemon
  • 1/4 cup of orange juice, or a couple orange slices squeezed in (the OJ is also optional. It helps with the taste, but it does add extra sugar to the smoothie)
  • a handful of blueberries and strawberries
  • about 1/2 cup of water (make sure the liquid combined isn’t too much. Start with less water and add it if it needs more)
  • a cup of ice

Blend all ingredients and enjoy!

I want to know what you think! Leave comments and questions below 🙂

If you liked this recipe, make sure you check out my other juicing recipes, and my new favorite homemade protein bars!

 

Do You Juice?

One of the very best habits my boyfriend and I have ever adopted is our “morning ritual.” Within 10 minutes of waking up, I make a vegetable juice in our blender, we drink it, wait 15 minutes, and then have our regular breakfast. It’s the best way to guarantee plenty of vegetable servings for your day, and that much fiber first thing in the morning does wonders for your digestive system, facilitates fat loss, and helps muscle growth and recovery. Almost instantly, we feel much more alive, awake, and alert since all those healthy carbohydrates have been quickly absorbed into the cells that were depleted of nutrients throughout the night.

It’s best to use the most colorful assortment of vegetables as possible for your juice, but also to change up your vegetable choices week to week, so try to pace yourself.

This is an example of what I do:

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I always start with either kale, spinach, or collard greens. Then I like to add some greens like asparagus, cucumber, and celery. For a variety of colors, I use one orange/yellow and one red pepper (small ones), and a few mini carrots. Usually I also like to add a banana to add a little flavor and potassium.

Other great options to try are beets, parsley, cilantro, and other fruits (in minimum amounts to control sugar intake) like apples, watermelon, and berries.

After all the vegetables and fruit have been cut up and put into the blender, I add about 3/4 cup of pomegranate-blueberry 1-to-1 vegetable and fruit juice. This is great because of all the antioxidants found in those fruits, and the taste makes it easier to drink the vegetable juice, especially if you’ve never juiced before. You can also use coconut water if you want, or other 100% fruit juices. Then I top it off with cold water, so that there’s almost equal liquid and veggies.

Blend it up, and enjoy the benefits!