Eating healthy can be tough especially when I wake up craving chocolate or needing something quick and fast for breakfast. This last week sleep has been minimal. Emmy is getting both of her two bottom teeth and she is a bear. Poor peanut cries all night unless you are holding her or feeding her. Travis and I, are wore out and when we are wore out we tend to go for quick easy food, which in turn means granola bars, pizza, bagels, or anything with sugar. It is hard because your body craves sugar and when you initially eat it, you feel good and energized and then your body crashes, so you go back for more sugar and it is a vicious cycle. So after feeling like crap last week and weekend, I made it a point to try to eat healthier this week to try to regain some energy. At the grocery store I picked up ingredients for my favorite green smoothie. Don’t be afraid to try the smoothie because of the spinach. You can’t taste the spinach once it gets blended.
My favorite go to green smoothie is packed full of nutrients.
1 Teaspoon Chia Seeds
1 Tablespoon Natural Peanut Butter
1 Large hand full Spinach
1 Scoop Protein Powder
3/4 Cup Lactose Free Milk/ Almond Milk
Optional: Dash of Cinnamon, Cup of Mixed Berries
Place all ingredients in a blender and mix. If the smoothie is too thick for you, add more milk and mix again.
After I have this smoothie I feel energized and ready to start the day. I also feel full much longer than when I have a bagel or cereal. Depending on what type of flavor I am going for I will add a pinch of cinnamon or sometimes a hand full of mixed berries. Both ingredients add more nutrients to the smoothie. Here is a little run down of some of the nutrients in the smoothie.
Chia seeds are full of fiber, protein, calcium, antioxidants, and omega-3s. They actually have more antioxidants than any whole food even blueberries. Antioxidants are important because they help fight free radicals which can damage molecule cells.
Peanut butter is a great source of protein, fiber, vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals. Phytochemcials have protective or disease preventive properties.
Spinach is great for your skin, hair, bone health, and provides protein, iron, vitamins and minerals.
Protein is used to build and repair tissues. You also use protein to make enzymes, hormones, and other body chemicals. Protein is an important building block of bones, muscles, cartilage, and skin.
Bananas are high in Potassium which is critical for muscle contractions and bone health. It also helps lower blood pressure.
What is your favorite green smoothie recipe? I love trying new ones.