Personally the road to being fit and healthy has been a bit rocky. There’s been quite a few “New year- New Me!” moments that ended with me going to pick up a large pizza on January 2nd.
Getting in shape is hard. Eating healthy is harder.
However the more I learn about nutrition, the more I realize how heavily it’s tied to how we feel on a daily basis.
For me, I was always on a vicious cycle with my eating habits.
I would feel depressed –> eat disgusting food –> physically feel bad —> get more depressed. And the cycle would go on and on. My body never really got the nutrition it needed to feel energized and not so down in the dumps.
When I dove into my journey with healthy eating, I found out that smoothies ruled the world.
Previously I had never really had the thought to start my day with a smoothie. More times than not I would wake up super early and rush off to classes or work.
Because I woke up so early, I was always super nauseous and never wanted to eat anything (which is bad bad bad! skipping breakfast is never a good idea).
When I started eating healthier- I did so little by little. I didn’t want to completely shock my senses and run right back to my favorite pizza place.
My first step was eating a smoothie every morning for breakfast.
Through trial and error (and helpful recipes I found along the way_ I discovered that smoothies aren’t that bad. They actually taste pretty damn good.
The best part? The made me feel amazing!
When I was left to my own devices I definitely concocted some not so delicious smoothies. I’m gonna share with you some of my favorite recipes I found online that helped inspire me to come up with my own.
- 1 cup unsweetened almond or soy milk
- 1-2 handfuls of spinach
- 2 frozen bananas
- 2-4 soft pitted dates
- 2 tbsp hemp hearts
- 1 tbsp natural peanut butter
- 2 ice cubes
- 2 tbsp hemp seeds
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- 2 tbsp raw buckwheat groats
- 2 tbsp slivered almonds (or pumpkin seeds)
- Combine all ingredients, blend on high until perfectly smooth and frothy.
- Combine all ingredients. Sprinkle 1 tbsp on top of your smoothie.
- 4 ounces Silk Original Soy Creamer
- 1 (5.3 ounce) container Black Cherry flavor Silk Dairy-Free Yogurt Alternative
- 1 large banana
- 1/2 cup frozen blackberries
- Add the ingredients in the order listed to the bowl of a counter top blender. Blend until pureed and smooth. Enjoy!
Dairy-Free Strawberry Smoothie only 4 ingredients and takes less than 5 minutes.
- 2 cups strawberries fresh or frozen
- 1 banana
- 1/4 cup dairy-free milk unsweetened
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup optional
Get out your blender or food processor.
Add all of the ingredients and blend until smooth.
- 2 Frozen Bananas
- 2 teaspoons Instant Espresso Powder OR 1 Shot of Espresso, cooled
- 1 Tablespoon Cocoa Powder
- 1½ Cup Non-Dairy Milk of Choice
- Add everything to a blender and blend, blend, blend!
& Last but not least — Just in time for fall:
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 banana, frozen
- 1 scoop vanilla bean protein powder, I used Tao Nutrition
- ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
- ¼ tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 2 Tbsp maple syrup
- ⅔ cup pumpkin puree
- Add all of the ingredients to the blender in the order listed.
- Blend until smooth.
The Best Vegan Protein Powder Under The Sun…
Throughout my smoothie experiments, I’ve tried out a massive amount of different vegan protein powders. Some taste amazing – some not so much. My solid go to choice is always Garden of Life. I usually buy it in bulk on amazon – unfortunately my local grocery store doesn’t sell vegan protein powder and the nearest health food store is Whole Foods which is like 20 miles away (also they totally mark up the price in store).
I usually go for the vanilla flavor as it goes well with most smoothie recipes I go after. However their chocolate and vanilla chai flavors are to die for <3