Metabolism Boosting Smoothie
I love a good smoothie, especially one that tastes like a milkshake but has a superb amount of benefits for you. I have been playing around and creating smoothies in my kitchen, some just by trial and error, others from recipe modifications. Here is a recipe I’ve come up with that’s created a delicious drink with ingredients you probably have around your house. This smoothie is low in calories using wholesome ingredients perfect to jump start your morning and boost your metabolism!
3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk (you can use skim milk, soy or coconut milk in replacement)
2 tbsp all-natural peanut butter
1 tbsp organic honey
1 ripe banana
4-5 leaves of fresh spinach
2 tbsp flax seed
2 tsp cocoa powder
1 tsp coconut oil
2-3 large ice cubes (if you have smaller ice cubes add 4-5)
Add all of these ingredients into a blender and blend away. Pour into a glass and enjoy!
Honey: First of all, honey is a great natural sweetener that is an excellent alternative to refined white sugar or other unnatural sweeteners. In addition, honey is great for providing energy as it contains 17g of carbs per tablespoon, helping you kick start on your morning or pre-workout!
Spinach: Spinach is very nutrient dense full of essential vitamins our body craves such as vitamin A, K, B2, B6 as well as magnesium and potassium. Spinach is also a high antioxidant that’s great for our circulatory health – lowering blood pressure and reducing your risk of atherosclerosis.
Flax Seed: Like spinach, flax seed is high in nutrients and can also help reduce high blood pre
ssure by reducing cholesterol in the body. Flax seed is also a great source of fibre which is amazing for thedigestive tract. It also contains omega-3, holding the same benefits for your digestive tract
as well as improving the health of your skin, nails and hair.
Peanut Butter: Getting protein in your diet is incredibly important as it’s a fundamental macro nutrient in your diet. Protein is used in the body to help build and repair tissue and is essential after a workout.
Coconut oil: Back with coconut oil. Not only can you use it on your skin as mentioned in my last post*, but you can incorporate it into your smoothies to add extra smoothness while also giving your metabolism a nice morning boost that can ultimately help you lose weight!