I am a major foodie and one of the main reasons I work out so hard is so I can enjoy every morsel of my meals, snacks, drinks, and desserts... especially desserts. I do however try to keep the majority of my food intake nutritious and love to start my day with a smoothie! It's one of the best ways to pack in the superfoods without feeling bogged down or bloated. It is also energizing before a mid morning workout! Here is one of my favorite recipes:
Superfood Smoothie Recipe
- 1 c plain organic yogurt
- 1 small banana
- 2 T flax seed
- 2 T bee pollen
- 1/2 c fresh squeezed o.j.
- 1/2 c of low-fat milk or soy/rice/almond milk
- 3/4 c frozen organic berries
- 1/4 almonds (soak in the o.j./milk for a minute or so before blending)
- 2 T chia seeds
- 4 T organic hemp protein powder (Nutiva brand found at Whole Foods)
- 1-3 T agave syrup to sweeten (if desired)
Chia seeds are a great source of omega-3 & omega-6 essential fatty acids and are very beneficial to the heart and extremely high in fiber, calcium, high quality protein and are loaded with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Bee pollen contains more than 96 different nutrients and is made up of 40% protein. It combines 22 amino acids, vitamin C, B-complex, folic acid, enzymes and carotene - all of the major antioxidants. Bee pollen benefits your immune system, builds resistance to allergies, helps cope more easily with stress and can increase energy and endurance for athletes. Hemp protein powder is a raw, certified organic food that contains 37% protein, 43% fiber and no net carbs. It also comes with the benefit of 9% beneficial fats, chlorophyll, vitamin E and iron.
AUTHOR: Denise Henry
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