We all have days when we wake up feeling like a blimp thats about to pop... ladies you know what I'm talking about... In Florida its been a rainy mess and what most awesome thing to do than lay on the couch, watch movies, make and eat cookies and other indulgences, right? Right, until the next morning when we feel like a train ran us over from all the sugar and fat and laziness :P Well the sun came out today and I felt like I needed a detox! Its a gym day so I thought why not make a protein smoothie with tons of good-for-you ingredients :) Lets talk about everything in this smoothie and why its gonna help us glow today.
Almonds are so nutrient dense that they are beneficial for so many things! Weight loss, cancer prevention, lowering cholesterol, ENERGY boost, improving brain power, reducing risk of heart disease etc. When someone tells you snacking on nuts is good for you, try to stick to raw almonds, they are seriously the best for you! Versus peanuts which are loaded with bad fat. In my smoothie I added unsweetened almond milk and maple almond butter.
Banana is loaded with fiber which keeps everything moving in your system. Fiber is key for preventing certain kinds of cancer as your body is always chug chug chuggalugging along! Eating bananas before a workout is PERFECT as it gives you that natural energy boost you crave. Bananas also regulate blood sugar so they're good when a woman is PMS'ing. Guys... maybe you should try buying your lady a bunch of bananas if it has been a rough week, but don't make it obvious...or you'll make it worse ;) Bananas reduce swelling and aid with weight loss too.... SOLD!
Kale, like almonds and bananas, is high in "oh so good for you" fiber, Along with that, kale is full of antioxidants and Vitamin K which prevent cancer as well. Kale is one of the best detoxifying foods. Loaded with Omegas, this miracle food is wonderful for our hair and skin too. I like to incorporate it into all my juices. If you're scared about flavor, trust me, kale is almost flavorless in smoothies. The only way you can tell its in there is the green color.
Honey is another miracle food. I used raw honey which is unprocessed and unpasteurized. All of the main benefits of honey are killed in the processing and pasteurization process, so it is KEY to buy raw honey. Or else you might as well just put sugar in your smoothie. Honey promotes digestive health, strengthens the immune system and prevents allergies. Honey has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties, so this is great for preventing that pesky flu that's been going around.... and if you did catch the flu, put some of this honey in your tea for relief and as natural medicine!
I also like to put an extra boost of protein in my smoothies, especially on gym days! This is the protein powder I am currently using. I hate how most powders are loaded with sugars and calories for all the big muscly people. I just want something to keep me slim! This is the powder for me. Lean 1 is one of the better tasting powders I have tried and it is loaded with fruits and veggies and MORE FIBER!
Time: 5 minutes
I was born in Peru where life revolves around food :) My grandmother was a cooking goddess and I strive to be half as good as her! I love cooking and eating out and tasting flavors from all over the world. Check out my Facebook page (linked as "f" above my picture) for daily updates and posts! Thanks for visiting and happy cooking! Don't forget to send me your feedback!