Summer is in full swing, which means lots of yummy smoothies at my house. My girls and I are in the habit of having our smoothies for breakfast and then maybe even another one mid-afternoon. I have found that having that second one around 3:30 or so, gives me a spike in energy and curbs my hunger so that I don’t overeat at dinner.
I usually get home around 5:45 each day and now that the weather is finally consistently warm, I try to quickly change into my exercise gear and head to the walking park. This is a much easier task to accomplish if I’ve had that 3:30ish smoothie. I’ve found that I have increased energy and end up eating healthier and lighter at dinner because I don’t feel the urgency to shove that food in as quickly as possible.
I used to come home with a mild weak feeling and would even have the shakes at times. I’m thinking it was a blood sugar drop. I’m sure that the overall switch to a diet with better protein and less processed sugar and carbs is helping as well. Whatever it is, I’ll take it!
I’ve been shopping more frequently as I try to keep the fresh produce in the house. I’ve learned that I can use almost anything in my smoothies as long as I keep the same ratios of greens, fruit and liquids. I just pack the blender as full as possible with the appropriate ratios and put any extras in mason jars in the fridge for later.
Generally I start with either unsweetened almond milk or coconut water and then add in the greens, usually spinach and/or parsley and cucumber, the fruit of choice, a healthy fat such as avocado or coconut oil, nut butter, honey or agave and then some gelatin from grass-fed beef. The gelatin adds a little protein and is great for the gut. I read an article which described it as spackle for the gut, filling up those leaky areas which leak toxins and trigger our rogue immune systems. I’ve also noticed a positive change in my skin and hair since I started using the gelatin.
This morning I used coconut water, pineapple, avocado, cucumber, honey and gelatin. It was delicious, one of my new favorites and my girls agree.
I also believe that the smoothies are an excellent, low-residue way to get the greens and fruit into our bodies. Those of you who are also suffering with either Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn’s Disease or Pouchitis know what I’m talking about. Give the smoothies a try, but don’t forget the gelatin.
Here’s the printable. Enjoy
- 2 cups of coconut water
- 2 cups of spinach
- 1 small, peeled cucumber
- 1½ to 2 cups of fresh, unsweetened pineapple chunks
- 1 avocado, pitted and scooped out of the skin
- juice of ½ lemon
- 2 tbsp honey
- 4 tbsp gelatin
- 2 cups of ice (optional)
- Put everything except the ice in the blender and blend until smooth.
- Add in the ice and blend again. Enjoy.