Ok ok, I’ve been asked enough times. I will finally answer! Here is my go to smoothie recipe. Remember, I am ALL about optimization. I want to start my feeding window (I intermittent fast from 8pm-12pm the following day) with a nutrient dense, protein packed, easy to consume meal. Hence, the smoothie. This is my first meal every. single. day. I tend to eat intuitively (read: erratically) so this way I know that I am nearly halfway to my protein goal for the day, I have given myself slow releasing energy to moderately increase my blood glucose, and if all else fails I have at least one solid nutritional moment in my day. When I am feeling extra brave I will add in some super greens (gulp).
I would love to hear your tips and tricks too…
A list of all the ingredients can be found here
Ok so why?
PROTEIN: well, without this I can’t grow or maintain my very hard earned muscle mass. I also struggle with eating tons of volume so being able to drink a good portion of protein means I am that much more likely to get it in. The number one trick I tell my clients is focus on eating MORE protein. That way, you are in a positive mindset and not thinking I can’t eat carbs, I can’t eat sugar and so forth. I am a rebel at heart. This backfires every time.
COLLAGEN PEPTIDES: Helps support healthy hair, skin, nails, bones and joints. Also added bonus here, MORE PROTEIN!
MCT OIL: MCT Oil converts into brain-powering, fat-burning ketone energy. It helps control cravings and improves cognitive performance to keep you sharp. There are studies that link consumption of MCT oil to decreased incidences of Alzheimer’s, weight loss, recovery, and overall wellbeing.
CHIA SEEDS: Chia seeds are packed with nutrients—including fiber, plant-based protein, minerals, and omega-3 fatty acids—that can support your body in a variety of ways. A one-ounce serving of chia seeds (about two tablespoons) serves up 138 calories, 5 grams of protein, 8 grams of fat, 12 grams of carbohydrates, and 10 grams of fiber, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). For me this is where I get a good dose of my daily FIBER, so key to digestive health and satiety.
ACAI POWDER: Acai contains antioxidants which are thought to protect cells from damage. Acai berries are believed to have more antioxidant content than cranberry, raspberry, blackberry, strawberry, or blueberry. Chemicals in acai might also reduce swelling, lower blood sugar levels, and stimulate the immune system. In short it is a SUPERFOOD. Why not throw some in?
OAT MILK: I have a really tricky stomach. I find Oat Milk to be far less inflammatory than cow’s milk, which is eat in very small doses.
Hope this inspires or helps!