Smoothie Recipes and Directions
First, incorporating the proper amount of protein first thing in the morning is very important for your health. Therefore, either consume your smoothie with or after you separate protein intake such as eggs or incorporate protein into your smoothie. Great protein additives include whole milk, whole grains, raw nuts, or raw soybeans which can be blended directly into your fresh fruit smoothie! One reason to take protein before or with your smoothie is to slow the digestion of these fruits such that the sugar from the fruit is release into your system slowly instead of providing a sugar high which can have negative effects in terms of insulin production. Another great way to slow the digestion of these healthy sugars is to add fat to your smoothie. You can add a table spoon or two of olive or flax seed oil which also adds a wonderful flavor of thickness to your smoothie!
We also highly suggest adding Aloe Vera Juice to your smoothie! Aloe Juice has traditionally been viewed as a digestive aid and remedy for arthritis, stomach ulcers, diabetes, constipation and more.
To save time in the morning simply cut and place the ingredients (excluding your choice of liquid additive) into the blender and place the glass or plastic portion of the blender into the refrigerator. In the morning add your liquid, blend, pour it into a too go cup and your done! It's that easy!
Peach and Berries Smoothie (~2 servings of fruit)
1 Serving = 1 Cup = 8 ounces
Brain Food - Blueberry Smoothie (~2 servings of fruit)
Kale Lemonade ~ Makes16-30oz of Kale Lemonade in a Juicer
Green Juice ~ Makes16-30oz of fresh juice in a Juicer
Green smoothie (Blender)
Kiwi Orange Creamsicles (Recipe makes ~24 popsicles depending on size of molds)
Why Add Oil or Protein to Smoothies?
Add a healthy oil or protein to your fruit smoothies to reduce the spike in blood sugar levels and the bodies insulin response. Slowing down the breakdown of the fruit sugars will also add to how long you can starve off hunger with a smoothie. Great options include olive oil, coconut oil, flaxseed oil, flaxseed meal, and chai seeds. How does adding proteins or oil to your smoothies slow down the absorption of sugar helping to stabilize the insulin response? As food is introduced to your digestive system, the body starts its complex process of digestion and absorption of nutrients. When carbohydrates (fruits) are consumed, the body breaks these fruits down into sugars which are absorbed into the bloodstream where they serve as fuel to the body. As blood sugar levels rise, the body increases insulin production introduced into bloodstream to help deliver these sugar molecules to the body's cells. Adding healthy fats or protein will significantly decrease the rate at which these sugars are absorbed, both stabilizing the bodies insulin response, and allowing these smoothies to last longer as a food source in your body! Sources: http://www.livestrong.com/article/555706-does-mixing-proteins-with-carbs-reduce-insulin-response/; http://www.livestrong.com/article/387143-carbohydrate-value-of-fruits-vegetables/
Consider Adding Aloe to Smoothies
Aloe Vera could be considered a superfood, the leaf is filled with a gel containing at least 75 nutrients, 20 minerals, 12 vitamins, 18 amino acids, and 200 active enzymes. These compounds have tremendous benefit and potential in external and internal applications. Aloe is known to help eliminate ulcers, has hypoglycemic activity and anti-obesity effects, and is a powerful antioxidant. Sources: http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/benefits-of-aloe-vera/
Note: We do not recommend using blackberries in smoothies as these provide a strange of possibly unpleasant texture to the drink.
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