Are you looking for something to help you get through that four o’clock let down? What about something to eat or drink before a workout? And how about something to get you started in the morning?
An energizing smoothie is the perfect answer to this problem. Smoothies provide a powerful boost of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other nutrients without bogging down your digestive system.
There are a lot of different energizing smoothie recipes online, in the magazines, on tv, and in recipe books. But here are some guidelines to keep in mind when choosing one you may want to try out.
- I like all natural ingredients in a smoothie. A lot of recipes will include protein powder, whey powder, and other mixtures. There are some very high quality powders available. But unless you do some research and talk to knowledgeable people, many have additives that you probably don’t want to be taking.
- Use either almond milk or coconut water instead of cow’s milk. Some people have an insulin response to cow’s milk and others may be lactose intolerant. Just make sure you get almond milk with a low sugar content. There are several types of almond milk, ranging from no sugar to a high sugar content.
- Watch the sugar content. Many smoothies we like to get at smoothie bars are loaded with sugar. That is why it is best to make them at home. You can add stevia if you think it may need a little sweetening. Also be careful of fruit that is high in sugar.
- Add protein. This is what gives you a boost of energy. If you want to add a protein powder, make sure you do a lot of research to get a high quality, pure powder. You can also just add some oatmeal. This disintegrates into the smoothie and you don’t see or taste it. Also, you can easily add some almond butter, just make sure it is low in sugar.
- Add healthy fats. Contrary to the fact that fats are bad for you, some are very good for you. They help your brain function, regulate certain body functions, and some actually help the body burn fat. Flax seeds and chia seeds are a good source of fats that add Omega 3 and Omega 6 fats.
- Add a handful of greens. Greens are known to help with your energy level. When you mix greens and fruits together they help to break each other down so they are more digestible. I usually just keep a bag of frozen green in the freezer and throw in a handful into any smoothie I make. You won’t even taste them.
After studying a lot of different energizing smoothie recipes and doing a lot of experimenting, I came up with the following recipe that incorporates all the above guidelines for an energizing smoothie. You will not regret making it because it is both delicious and energizing. I would recommend the Vitamix for making this smoothie because it is really good in pulverizing the mango.
- ½ mango (or peach, or cantaloupe)
- ½ cup strawberries
- 1 frozen banana (cut into pieces)
- 2 cups coconut milk(or almond milk)
- handful of ice cubes made from green tea
- protein–1/4 cup oatmeal, or 2 Tablespoons almond butter
- grated nutmeg and/or ginger
- 8 leaves of mint
- handful of frozen greens
- 2 Tablespoons flax and chia seeds
Instructions for making this beautiful smoothie:
Blend all the ingredients EXCEPT STRAWBERRIES until smooth.
Pour three-fourths of the mixture into a glass.
Blend strawberries until smooth. Add to the strawberries the one-fourth mixture that was left over. Blend together until smooth. Pour on top of the three-fourths mixture.
How to tell if a Mango is ripe:
1. Like a peach, a mango will be soft. They are usually hard when buying them.
2. Like a peach, you will be able to smell the mango. If they aren’t ripe, they won’t smell.
3. The green skin on the mango will turn yellow. Place it on the counter (not the refrigerator). You will slowly see it turn yellow. Children love to watch this process.
You always want a very ripe mango for a smoothie so the sugar content will be naturally high. Sometimes you will find your grocery store will have mangoes that have been pre-cut. I usually don’t buy these because I am not sure they were ripe before cutting.
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