Go-To Green Smoothie

There is something about starting my day with a smoothie that sets my mind and body for an energized day. I strongly believe that every smoothie needs a vegetable component, and usually the vegetable component is in higher ratio than fruit. Do this, and you set yourself up to eat more vegetables in one meal than some people eat in a whole week. Since the blender does all the hard work, it also gives your GI a break from having to work so hard to digest (there are no teeth in your stomach!). Blending smoothies keeps all the pulp and fiber that juicing removes, giving you the most bang for your buck in one glass.

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I have started my day with a smoothie of some sort for years, but I have a handful of tried and true smoothies that are on repeat. My son has also eaten a smoothie almost daily since he was in utero. We usually share a high-fat, high-protein breakfast together (fried eggs in ghee are our jam!) and we’ve made this smoothie so many times together he can do it by himself.

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In addition to the unspoken vegetables that should sneak into every smoothie, you also need the three essentials, or holy trinity of smoothies, if you will:
1) Fiber
2) Fat
3) Protein

Fiber, fat, and protein will slow the digestion and absorption of nutrition. Without these, you basically have a milkshake. I also get asked often where we get our glass straws. We bought them from Strawsome a few years ago and have never had one break, even with a toddler using one daily! I find he’ll drink almost anything through a straw, and I’ve been known to feed him soup through them too!

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I use coconut water as the liquid base for most of my smoothies, especially if they have spinach in them. The alternative of using a dairy product (milk, yogurt, or kefir) is they contain enough calcium that it inhibits the absorption of iron from the spinach or other leafy green like kale. Through most of my teen, 20, and pre-natal years, I’ve been desperate to absorb as much iron as possible.

Go-To Green Smoothie

  • Servings: 6 servings
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients

Go-To Green Smoothie

*You could do without the powder packets if that’s not your thing, however I find this a great way to add loads and loads of nutrition that I can’t get from anywhere else. It also gives it a depth of flavor and sweetness, but there is enough sweetness in the flavored coconut water and mangoes that you could also do without the flavored protein powder.

Directions

Wash and rinse your spinach, kale, and avocado. Add all ingredients in the order given, always putting your frozen things on the top of the blender for the best blend, otherwise you will be stopping to “burp” the blender and let air out of the pockets. This smoothie makes approximately 6 servings.

We refrigerate ours in sealed glass jars for up to 3 days.

Photos and Content Copyright © Jaclyn Beaty Nutrition, 2019


Rasp-beet Smoothie

As a general rule of thumb, the darker or more vibrant the color of a whole food, the more nutrition it contains. That is definitely the case with beets, and also part of the reason I find a way to incorporate these into my meal plans at least once a week. Since getting a solid dose of vegetables can some days be a challenge, I make it a point to start off my day with a vegetable at every breakfast. My Go-To Green Smoothie is loaded with anti-inflammatory carotenoids and phytonutrients, but this beet smoothie gets its deep red pigment from Betalain, a potent antioxidant and anti-fungal constituent. Many people can not break down Betalain, and its deep red hue can show up in urine or stool. It’s nothing to cause alarm, if anything it’s a great indicator of GI transit time! (note: ideal transit time is 18-24 hours).

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In addition to the unspoken vegetables that should sneak into every smoothie, you may also be familiar with my holy trinity of smoothie ingredients:
1) Fiber
2) Fat
3) Protein

Fiber, fat, and protein will slow the digestion and absorption of nutrition. Without these, your blood sugar wouldn’t react much differently than if you were drinking a milkshake. This smoothie is one of my simpler ones, so to make sure this checks all the boxes of my holy trinity, we’ll get our fiber from frozen raspberries, fat from coconut oil, and protein from a scoop of collagen and protein powder. Check, check, and check.

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My son and I share a high-fat, high-protein breakfast together every morning, and although our smoothies are pretty great, watching the school bus go by is definitely the highlight.

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Behind the scenes of a food photography set with a toddler under the same roof. With an entire house to play in, he chooses to be in the three square feet of space I need, naturally!

I use coconut water as the liquid base for most of my smoothies. I usually wake up feeling dehydrated, and although I start my morning with pure water, the potassium in coconut water helps dilute some puff and energize my day. Raspberries also contain Ellagic Acid which has been used as a holistic remedy for PMS symptoms.

Rasp-Beet Smoothie

  • Servings: 6 servings
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients

Rasp-Beet Smoothie

*Time Saving Tip: During dinner prep the night before you plan to have this smoothie, wash and cut beets into small 1″ slices or cubes. Preheat oven to 350. Fill a 9×13 pan with cut beets and cover with 1/2″ water. Roast for 40 minutes until tender. Once cooled, transfer to a glass storage container and chill in the refrigerator until ready to use in the morning.

A note about protein powder: you could do without the protein powder if that’s not your thing, however I find this a great way to add loads of nutrition that I can’t get from anywhere else. If you forgo the collagen or protein powder, I recommend adding a tablespoon or two of a neutral nut butter like cashew butter to maintain a dose of protein. I like the protein powders because of the depth of flavor and sweetness, but there is enough sweetness in the flavored coconut water and raspberries that you could also do without the flavored protein powder.

Directions

Add all ingredients in the order given and blend!

Refrigerate left overs in sealed glass jars for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3-6 months.

Photos and Content Copyright © Jaclyn Beaty Nutrition, 2019