I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend filled with lots of yummy food. While I love everything about a long holiday weekend of indulging, I tend to feel a little sluggish once it’s over. Instead of feeling guilty, I choose to rejuvenate and re-energize my body instead. I limit my carbohydrate intake and add lots of leafy greens and good fats to my meals.
The worst thing you can do after a weekend of indulging is not eat. Restricting your diet too much wreaks havoc on your glucose and insulin levels, both of which are key players when it comes to a smoothly running metabolism. One of my favourite ways to get a good dose of nutrients without the heaviness of a meal is to make a smoothie.
Check Bottled Smoothie Ingredients
Over the years smoothies have received a good and bad reputation. As the health market has grown, you can find bottled smoothies on your grocery store shelves as well as on the menus of many restaurants. The ones you buy in the store or at an amusement park can often be very high in carbohydrates and misleading when advertised as “healthy”.
Balance Fruit with Protein and Fat
While fruit is without a doubt a healthy choice it is possible to consume far too much in one sitting. By adding protein and fat it slows down the absorption rate of those carbs making it a much more satisfying snack that will keep you fueled far longer. The best way to control how much sugar you are consuming is to make your own.
Here are some of my favourite smoothie add ins:
- Coconut, Almond, Cashew, or Rice Milk
- Nut Butters
- Hemp and Flax Seeds
- Fruit (Banana, Mixed Berries)
- Full Fat Yogurt or Kefir
- Cocoa Power
- Protein Powder
- Greens Powder
- Leafy Greens (Spinach, Kale, Sprouts)
- Nuts and Seeds
Now you can get creative! Here is a great smoothie to help with the bloat that often accompanies a long weekend of indulging.
Anti-Bloat Smoothie Recipe
- 1 cup coconut milk
- ¼ cup frozen blueberries
- ¼ cup chopped pecans
- ½ banana
- Handful spinach
- 1 Tbsp almond butter
- 1 Tbsp chia seeds
- Sprinkle of cinnamon
- Drop of vanilla extract
- 4 ice cubes
What To Do:
- Add all ingredients to blender and blend until smooth. That’s it!
What are some of your favourite smoothie recipes?
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