If you are following along on Instagram (which I hope you are) you know I’ve been loving my Daily Harvest smoothies. The premade smoothie cups make my mornings (or lunch) so much easier when I don’t have time to prepare a full meal. It is great to have a few of these in the freezer for when you need something quick but still want it to be healthy. I have had a lot of people express curiosity about these smoothies, but are a little hesitant to order them because of the cost. I get it. They are not cheap. I also don’t love the cost, but with a newborn at home I had to do something to make sure I was still nourishing myself (and therefore her as well through my breastmilk.) Now that we have our routine nailed down a little better and we are all slightly more well rested than we were during those early days after Emelia’s arrival; I have a bit more time to prepare my own smoothies when I want one, which is a lot lately! I love a good smoothie bowl in the morning and find that with the right balance of ingredients, it can hold me over for 5-6 hours! The key is to have the right balance of fat, fiber and protein. It is so freeing to not have to carry snacks (for me at least) and to not have the hangry feeling when my blood sugar starts to drop. Another bonus is that when you give your digestive system a break, you allow your body to tap into its own stored fat for fuel, rather than continually giving it energy through constant snacking. I am not anti-snacking, especially if you are working on healing your blood sugar dysregulation, but if you have the option of not needing snacks because your meals are getting you through, wouldn’t that be more freeing? I think so.
One important step that you mustn’t skip in your smoothie prep is the toppings. Aside from being really tasty and providing a nice texture or crunch, these toppings play an important role in your digestion. When you have a smoothie, it is important that you still CHEW. When we chew our food it begins the breakdown in the mouth, but also signals to the rest of the digestive tract that food is coming so the proper enzymes are ready and available when the food reaches them. If we bypass chewing, it disrupts the remainder of the digestive system and can lead to a whole host of problems further downstream. We also aren’t able to absorb the nutrients from all of the nourishing foods we are eating if we aren’t properly breaking down those foods. If you are interested in learning more, check out my blog series on digestion starting at the very beginning of where digestion starts, in the brain!
Another thing to caution you about is that conventional smoothies contain way too much fruit and will spike your blood sugar up like crazy! You will then crash leaving you tired and hungry. We don’t want that. My smoothie formula contains a specific ratio of fat, fiber and protein to make sure you are elongating your blood sugar curve, keeping you full, satiated and energetic until your next meal. This formula also leaves you with a super tasty smoothie that you will crave!
You guys LOVED my mix n’ match chart for my Goulash recipe ! The response was so overwhelmingly positive that I’ve made another one for this smoothie recipe. The chart will allow you to make numerous smoothie combinations but still ensure that you have the right balance of nutrients to stabilize your blood sugar and keep you full until your next meal. Sounds good right? Ok, here is the recipe for the Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Crunch Smoothie, but feel free to use the chart below to mix n match flavors to your own liking!
- 1/2 -1 Cups of Unsweetened Cashew Milk (less for a thicker consistency)
- 2 Scoops Collagen Peptides (I really like Vital Proteins)
- 1 Large Handful of Spinach
- 1/2 Cup frozen banana slices (frozen is best for a creamy cold consistency)
- 2 Tbs Peanut Butter (or whatever nut butter you like)
- 1 Tsp Cocoa Powder
- 1 Tbs Cacao Nibs for garnish
- Reserve a small portion of nut butter to drizzle on top of your smoothie bowl if desired.
- Place all ingredients (starting with the spinach) except the cacao nibs into the blender and blend on high to your desired consistency. I like mine a little on the thick side!
- Pour into your bowl, sprinkle with the cacao nibs and nut butter drizzle. CHEW and Enjoy!
Here is the chart for you to mix n’ match!
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