How Does A Nutritionist Start Her Day Off?
With a satisfying, healthy smoothie with at least one vegetable! This way I know that even if I don’t manage to eat the way I want to for the rest of the day, I know that I have provided my body with the nutrients, calories and protein needed to get my day started off right.
Not to mention – both my kids love smoothies! I do usually make them some more breakfast to go along with the smoothie. It’s an experience for the kids when making their green smoothies. They write down smoothie recipes with whatever fruit and veg we have in the fridge that day, add whatever seeds and nuts they feel like, and then press all the buttons on the Vitamix! The only people that likely do not appreciate our morning smoothies might be the neighbours upstairs, listening to that blender every single morning!
This smoothie is one of our favourites because I can use any ingredients we have on hand at home. Here’s a fun tip for people with kids: I usually let the kids taste it and try to guess what the ingredients are!
What are the Hormone-Balancing Ingredients in the Smoothie?
I named this the Hormone Balancing Green Smoothie because of its amazing hormone health benefits. Plant-based foods are a source of phytosterols that can modulate excess estrogen levels, and the greens in this recipe support the liver to balance hormone levels. Healthy fats and fiber found in avocado, coconut, nuts and seeds are essential for hormone production, improve the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins and keep the colon functioning well to excrete excess hormones. Additional protein provides the building blocks of hormones and helps to balance blood sugar levels. Spirulina is a sea algae that supports the thyroid and liver, both essential for hormone health. *If you’re using spirulina, start with 1/2tsp. and increase up to 1tsp. over time.
My Favourite Hormone Balancing Green Smoothie Recipe
1/2 – 1 cup dairy alternative (coconut, hemp, almond, rice milk) or water
1 cup chopped pineapple (fresh or frozen)
1/2 cup mango, fresh or frozen (optional)
1 ripe banana, chopped (optional)
1-2 dates or 1/2 tsp. honey for added sweetness (optional)
Optional Hormone Boosters: 1/2 avocado, ground flax seed, flaxseed oil, coconut oil, chia seeds, raw cashews, pumpkin seeds, spirulina, plain/vanilla protein powder.
Combine the dairy alternative/water, fruit, and greens in a blender and puree until smooth, adding more water or ice to reach the desired consistency. Add your boosters and sweeteners if using, blend and pour!
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