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I drink a juice or smoothie every day. I make it around 3:30 in the afternoon, when I am seriously hungry, my kids are snacking (on things I really want to eat) and I am tempted to eat all of it. So I make a nice healthy smoothie to help keep my cravings at bay and my mouth (and belly) happy.
What’s the deal with antioxidants? They help boost your immune system and help prevent cell damage in your body. This cell damage cab lead to all types of diseases. So, basically we need to eat more antioxidants. I know, it’s not the prettiest picture, but kale, chia seeds and blueberry are inevitably going to be a blue/brown color. But, let’s focus on the nutrition…
Kale- This powerhouse green vegetable really does live up to its name! Get this, kale is packed with fiber, Calcium, Vitamin B6, Magnesium, Vitamin K, Vitamin A and Vitamin C. (See I told you it was THAT good for you!)
Almond Milk- This dairy free milk has a hint of sweetness and the creaminess of regular milk. It has a slightly nutty flavor (shocking since it is made from ALMONDS). Almond milk may not have as much protein as regular milk, but it is loaded with Vitamin E and is also low in fat and sugar. I use Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk.
Blueberries- These are packed with powerful antioxidants that have shown to help with memory retention, prevent diseases and maybe even help slow down the aging process (sign me up!) They also contain fiber and lots of Vitamin C.
Chia seeds- Oh how I LOVE my chia. They are like little magical seeds. They are loaded with fiber, protein, omega-3-fatty acids and antioxidants. Studies show they help prevent cravings and may regulate blood sugar levels. I seriously try put chia in whatever I can.
Hemp Protein Powder- Hemp seed contains tons of protein, omega-fatty-acids, fiber and antioxidants. I love its nutty flavor, it’s perfect for smoothies.
- 1 large bunch or organic kale
- 3/4 cup almond milk
- 1/2 cup organic blueberries
- 1/2 cup organic raspberries
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 1 scoop hemp protein powder
Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Serve immediately.
I also like to exercise around 9:00 a.m. after I drop the kiddies at school. I either take a Bar Method class (at the studio in Montclair where I work) or I go for a run. This is the perfect post-workout, late morning snack. It’s filled with protein to help with recovery too. Hope you enjoy this too!