One question that I occasionally get asked is what I’m eating these days. Well…it is usually more like “What IS that?!?!” When it comes to food, my philosophy is to try and maximize the amount of nutrients I get from each calorie I eat. I also like to experiment and try new foods, recipes, and concoctions all the time so I figured I’ll start sharing what my new favorite foods of the moment are.
My favorite food of the moment is my morning green smoothie. Smoothies are a great way to pack in a ton of nutrients but they can also be loaded with sugar if you aren’t careful. Fruit smoothies can end up being just massive sugar bombs. My fruit-free green smoothie has evolved quite a bit over the past few months and currently consists of the following:
- ½ can Coconut Milk – I switched to canned vs. the carton because canned coconut milk has about three ingredients compared to the laundry list that is on most carton varieties (many of which include carrageenan…not good).
- ~1/2 to 1 tsp Maca Powder – Maca is a Peruvian root vegetable that tastes a bit like butterscotch. It is rich in vitamins and may help improve energy, stamina, and endurance. It is also an adaptogen with the potential to help balance hormones.
- ~1 tsp of Matcha Powder – Matcha is ground up green tea leaves so you get more antioxidants, fiber, and nutrition than just drinking steeped green tea.
- 1 scoop Greens Powder – Leafy greens are one of the healthiest things you can possibly eat and green food supplementation is a way to get a ton of leafy greens into your diet. The brand I use also has probiotics.
- ½ Avocado – Excellent source of healthy fat
- ~1 Tbsp Almond Butter – Even more healthy fat
- 1 scoop Protein Powder – Make sure to check for added sugar or nasty artificial sweeteners.
- 1 scoop Collagen Peptides – Similar to gelatin but dissolves instantly into hot or cold liquids. Gelatin is the same protein found in cartilage, joints, bones, skin, hair (not that I have any left to support), and nails. This pretty much runs the gamut on all things anti-aging.
- 2-3 giant handfuls of fresh Organic Spinach – More leafy greens…no brainer
- Juice from 1 Lemon – There are two reasons I add lemon juice 1) lemon helps support digestive hydrochloric acid in the stomach to aid digestion and 2) it helps prevent oxidation of all the goodness I noted above when you pummel everything in the blender.
All of the above items go into my blender and I use the pulse setting to blend just enough to get everything combined. You don’t want to pulverize and damage your food…it’s sensitive. I also like my smoothie super thick to the point that I eat it with a spoon. If I need more blending liquid I use a bit of coconut water.
After I’ve blended everything and poured it into my giant travel mug. I mix in two more items for additional texture and even more added nutrition:
- 2-3 Tbsp Cacao Nibs – Raw chocolate that adds a nice crunch. Cacao nibs are also packed with antioxidants and are a good source of magnesium. Magnesium is essential for energy production (pretty important for endurance athletes) and tends to be insufficient in many U.S. diets.
- ~3 chopped Brazil Nuts – More crunchy texture with a dose of selenium. Brazil nuts are one of the best sources of selenium, which works as an antioxidant.
Since I like my smoothie super thick and with the added texture from the cacao nibs and Brazil nuts, it requires a little chewing, which also helps activate the digestive enzymes in saliva.
I try and make this smoothie for breakfast almost every morning during the week. Not only is it delicious, packed with nutrition, and filling but it is also portable so I can bring it to work and eat it later since I usually don’t get hungry until mid-morning.
Enjoy! …just make sure you don’t have any greens stuck your teeth when you’re done.