Smoothies are a popular grab-and-go option for those on the run. Since there are a million different smoothie options out there, here are a couple of tips for getting the most from your morning shake.
* Skip the added sugar! This includes honey, maple syrup, and fruit juice. A high carbohydrate smoothie will only make you hungry later and add unnecessary calories. Add flavor in other ways with spices, fresh ginger, herbs, or unsweetened coconut.
* Add protein! Protein promotes satiety and slows down the digestion process, allowing your smoothie to fuel your morning well. Protein options include nuts, seeds, nut butters, yogurt, or protein powders.
* Add veggies! Use this opportunity to add non-starchy vegetables to your breakfast! Spinach and kale blend surprisingly well with minimal flavor adjustment to your smoothie.
1 medium carrot, peeled and cut into 1" pieces
1 tbsp shredded unsweetened coconut
2 tablespoons walnuts
1 cup almond milk, unsweetened
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
2-3 ice cubes
Blend really well until smooth. Makes 1 serving.
Nutritional Analysis: 230 calories; 23g carbohydrate; 7g protein; 6g fiber
Stay warm and treat yourself with some lavender hot cocoa! This recipe is a cinch and not only adds antioxidants to your day, but some foodie flare. Studies show that cocoa consumption is associated with decreased blood pressure and improvement in cholesterol levels, among other benefits.
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 1/2 tbsp cocoa powder
1 tsp dried lavender (we found this in the bulk herbs at HEB Central Market)
1 tbsp local honey
Pinch of salt
In a small saucepan heat almond milk and dried lavender. Steep for about 5 minutes. Strain lavender from almond milk. Place milk back into saucepan and whisk in cocoa powder, honey, and salt. Heat thoroughly, pour into your favorite mug, and enjoy! Makes 1 serving.
Tip: Shop for the highest percentage of cocoa in your dark chocolate to receive the most health benefit. We recommend 70-80%!
Are you aware of the powers of turmeric? This bright yellow spice contains curcumin- a component which has been studied to have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and even anticancer properties. This hot spicy beverage is a holistic approach to ward off a cold or just treat your body well. The black pepper has been added as an ingredient as studies support that black pepper aids in the absorption of turmeric's beneficial properties.
1 cup almond milk
1 tbsp turmeric
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground ginger
Pinch of black pepper
1/2 tbsp honey
Heat all ingredients in a small saucepan. Use a whisk to make a cappuchino-like froth if desired. Pour into your favorite mug, and relax!