If you've been reading Glitterary for some time, you're already well aware that smoothies are my drink of choice! It's no secret that our Vitamix is the most used appliance we own, and even baby is already well accustomed to it's sound.
That being said, life often takes place away from home, and while you can find a juice bar or smoothie shop on almost any city block, its often hard to find options that's aren't oversaturated in sugar or filled with empty carbs (even if derived from natural ingredients).
Fun fact, if you start your day in balance, you're far more likely to maintain that balance throughout your day. Blood sugar levels are critical to your nutrition, and hormonal balance is key to lasting energy and mental clarity.
Unfortunately, all too often while attempting "healthy" choices, many walk away deceived, still hungry, and headed straight towards a hormonal crash. Because of this, rarely are smoothies a full meal replacement in my regime, but when rushed and need a blend to check off all the boxes, I look for four key elements...
- Healthy Fats
Bottom line, if it doesn't have protein it's not a meal replacement– skip this element & you'll soon find yourself with an insatiable hunger. In fact, to keep you feeling fuller longer you won't only need protein, but fiber! Fiber is extremely underrated, and can serve as a major asset to your health/diet. Fiber rich ingredients include dark leafy greens, select fruits, oats, chia seeds, and flax seeds.
Enter healthy fats... you'd be surprised how much fat is in 1 tbs of chia seeds. That being said, your body needs that fat! Balance is everything, and not only will these healthy fats keep your blood sugar levels at bay, but if you opt out of this category, you'll likely end up with excess carbs that your body will have no option, but to store away as fat reserve. When choosing a balanced smoothie consider nut butters, avocados, MCT oil, and dairy/alternatives.
One of my favorite morning smoothies is Harvest Juicery's Nutty Oat. I still remember when Harvest Juicery opened it's doors years ago, it was just around the corner from our loft and therefore an easy stop on the way out. This recipe was a favorite then, and to this day remains their best seller!
Loaded with Almond Cashew Milk (fat), Cocoa, Oats (fiber), Protein Powder (duh!), Banana (fiber), Almond Butter (fat), Raw Local Honey, and Cocoa Nibs (antioxidants), it checks all the boxes for a balanced smoothie... even if it tastes like dessert ;)