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3 Ingredients I Put in EVERY Smoothie - And Why

Updated: Jul 18, 2018

Smoothies are such an easy staple in every morning routine. It's faster than whipping up some oatmeal or eggs and it's easy to take with you while on the go - as many of us always are.



Nailing down the perfect smoothie can be a tricky business. I've had my fair share of smoothies that in my head should turn out so tasty, but once blended, the combination just doesn't mix. And sometimes it tastes incredible, but you end up feeling hungry an hour after. From years of blending up thousands of smoothies and developing new recipes, I've come to the conclusion that every great smoothie needs three things. I add these into every smoothie in order to feel satiated for multiple hours, have steady energy levels, promote skin and gut health, and to maintain fat burning and a boosted metabolism.


Today I'm sharing those three magical, amazing ingredients with you so that you can start creating amazing smoothies at your home!



Coconut Butter

Coconut butter is a little different than coconut oil. Coconut oil is the oil extracted from coconut meat. Coconut butter is the blended meat, so it includes healthy MCT's, some fiber, and various minerals. I love adding it to every smoothie of mine because it boosts the satiety level of my smoothie, ensuring that I won't be hungry in an hour or two. Due to the MCT's in coconut butter, it's also an excellent metabolism booster. Plus it makes smoothies extra creamy and delicious!


I add about 1 Tbsp. to my smoothies.


Maca

Maca is one of my favorite superfoods. Researchers have found a variety of incredible benefits from this Peruvian root. Studies show that Maca can boost energy, increase your glutathione levels (your body's natural source of antioxidant activity), and improve your memory. It's also been found to balance hormones.


Try adding 1/2 - 1 tsp. maca to your smoothies.



Chia Seeds

Many of us aren't getting enough heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3's help to reduce inflammation in your body ~ and inflammation has also been linked to almost every chronic disease including heart disease, obesity, diabetes, and cancer. Chia seeds contain a high level of omega-3s as well as calcium, fiber, and protein. In fact, it's a great source of plant-based protein for vegans and vegetarians. This little power seed has a lot of amazing properties. However, some people experience bloating with chia seeds ~ one way that you can counter this is by grinding your chia seeds in a coffee grinder before blending them in your smoothies. This makes it easier to digest and reduce the possibility of bloating.


I love using 1-2 Tbsp. of chia seeds in my smoothies.


With this trio, your smoothie will be packed with nutrients, reduce your stress levels, boost your metabolism, and protect your heart. Looking for even more smoothie recipes? Check out my cookbook THRIVING for delicious smoothies that you're going to love! You can find it HERE!



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