Morning Glory Power Smoothie [Vegan/Refined Sugar Free]
Breakfast is my favourite meal of the day. I look forward to waking up to a nice cup of green tea, warm lemon water and a nutrient filled breakfast. While I do enjoy a good bowl of gluten free oatmeal and pancakes from time to time, the best thing I can have in the morning is a power smoothie that’s plant based, low in sugar and gluten free!
Smoothies are effortless, efficient and you are guaranteed to collect all of your essential vitamins in just one delicious dose. Having a nutrient-filled powerhouse smoothie (like the one below), can set you up for a healthy and productive day. Due to the density of the beverage, they are capable of keeping you full, energized and satisfied longer. That way, you’re not tempted to reach for that sugar-laden muffin or feel like you are crashing by 11:00 am.
Smoothies are also a great tool for weight loss and weight management because you can customize and control the ingredients depending on your goal. You can get all of your necessary nutrients in just one cup without adding in extra or empty calories.
This is one of my favourite smoothie recipes to make. I have it at least 4 times a week for breakfast. Besides the veggie and fruit basics, I included a pizzazz of superfoods that up the nutritional value of my smoothie. I’ve learned about each ingredient and created a balanced smoothie that consists of protein, fiber, healthy fats, vitamins, minerals and complex carbs.
What you’ll need:
1/2 cup of organic, cold pressed coconut water
1/4 cup of filtered water
1/2 frozen fair trade banana
2-3 cups of baby spinach (organic if possible)
1/4 cup of organic fresh raspberries
1 teaspoon of spirulina
1 teaspoon of chlorella powder
1 tablespoon of hemp protein powder
1 tablespoon of ground flax seeds
1 tablespoon of chia seeds
1 tablespoon of baobab powder
1 teaspoon of organic goji berries (I love Rich Nature‘s!)
1 tablespoon of raw cacao nibs
2 brazil nuts
5-7 ice cubes (adjustable)
Combine all ingredients in your blender or magic bullet. Blend well. Pour, sip and enjoy.