Get up and go smoothies!

Juicing can seem like a real hassle sometimes, but it doesn’t have to be difficult.  I’ve lived in just about every region of the US in recent years and one thing that is consistent: you can’t always find produce you want fresh.  It’s ok to use frozen!  There are still many health benefits to be gained from a whole food smoothie than from other quick food solutions.

Here is a great post from another blogger I enjoy, Amber Zuckswert, who authors epicself.com.  She shares her Top 5 raw smoothies for breakfast.

 

 

I have my own standard morning smoothie that usually includes:

1 1/2 c vanilla soy milk
1 scoop raw protein powder
1 tsp Spirulina powder
1 c frozen mixed berries

To mix it up a bit, I may add peaches for sweetness, 1/2 banana for creaminess or cranberries for tartness depending on how I’m feeling that morning.

I learned about spirulina a number of years ago when I was trying to get in better shape for my wedding.  It is a blue-green algae that is rich in protein, vitamins, minerals, and carotenoids, antioxidants that can help protect cells from damage. It also provides B complex vitamins, beta-carotene, vitamin E, manganese, zinc, copper, iron, selenium, and gamma linolenic acid (an essential fatty acid).  Starting out your day with a healthy dose of antioxidants mixed with protein will get you feeling energetic & satisfied until your next meal.

Try out a few & enjoy the fresh natural pick-me-up in the morning 🙂

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