Happy St. Patricks Day!
Lately life has been busy. (Just like everyone) Work, exercise, prepping to teach, and planning a trip takes up most of my time. Don't get me wrong, I love being a busy bee but sometimes it's hard to find the time to do all my meal prepping. In order to keep plugging along I make sure I have my grab and go smoothie in case of an afternoon crash.
I'm not one for protein powders. I don't like idea of hidden ingredients, which are mainly sugars. Instead of buying a protein powder I make my own. I love knowing exactly what's in my fuel. The following are my go to smoothie add ins:
A small shrub native to India and North Africa. It's a strong adaptogen which aids in the bodies management of stress by lowering cortisol levels. The herb has been shown to increase muscle mass and reduce body fat. It does this through the management of insulin levels.
Ginger is known for being great for digestion. It does this by relaxing the smooth muscle that lines the gut and helps move food through the system. Ginger has anti inflammatory properties, enhances insulin sensitivity, decreases pain, and boosts immunity.
Great Lakes Collagen Hydrolysate:
Collagen Hydrolysate has high amounts of glycine, lysine, and proline, these are found in lower amounts in other protein supplements. Glycine helps form collagen and gelatin which build connective tissues in the body. Lysine plays an essential role in cartnitine production which is responsible for converting fatty acids into energy and lowering cholesterol. Proline helps cushion and heal joints. Hydrolyzed collagen is easily digested and absorbed within 30 minutes.
2 tbsp: 11 g of protein
Has been called Peruvian Ginseng. Maca is very rich in nutrients and has a nutty earthy flavour. Some benefits include, hormone balance, increased immune function, energy, sexual function and memory. Maca is a powerful source of amino acids, vitamins, and phytonutrients. Maca even has a higher calcium level than milk. My favourite adaptogen.
1 oz: 4 g of protein
Mushroom Powder Blend:
Chaga, Reishi, Cordyceps, Coriolus, Lion's Mane, Maitake
Multiple health benefits include, immune function, fatigue, and weakness.
A blue green algae that is a fresh water plant. Used for metabolism, heart function, diabetes, anxiety, and stress. Spirulina is a strong antioxidant which helps athletes recover from exercise induced oxidative stress that contributes to muscle fatigue.
1 tbsp: 4 g protein
Fresh turmeric root has large anti inflammatory, anti flatulent, and anti microbial properties. Helps lower LDL "bad" cholesterol levels due to high amounts of vitamins and curcumin.
My Go To Green Smoothie:
1 Cup Water
3 Cups Spinach
1 Cup Kale
1 Rib of Celery
1 Inch Ginger Root
1 Slice Turmeric Root
2 Tbsp Collagen Powder
2 Tsp Maca
2 Tsp Ashwaganda
1 Tsp Mushroom Powder
1 Tsp Spirulina
Half a tray of ice
Either half a Medjool date or sprinkle of cacao nibs
Blend and Enjoy!
Other common add ins:
Cinnamon, Chlorella, Hemp Hearts, Avocado, Cacao Powder, Cashew Butter.