First things first, everyone should have a jar of flax seeds in their house. Flax seeds are rich in oleic acid, linoleic acid, alpha-linoleic acid, which are known to help lower LDL (bad cholesterol) and increase HDL (good cholesterol). They decrease inflammation, which prevents common diseases like heart failure and cancer. This seed is potent in minerals, and vitamins. Did you know that your body does not receive the full health benefits of flax seeds unless they are grinded up? If you only have flax seeds, then simply pour them into a coffee grinder, and voila….ground flax seeds. I suggest you keep them in a glass jar, in your fridge.
Now that you have ground flax seeds, you can make your super-potent, nutritious shake.
Step 2. Choose a nut milk (or coconut water) as your base.
I use Field Day Natural Almond Milk. This is one of the few, NON-GMO, almond milks on the market, that DOES NOT CONTAIN CARRAGEENAN. Carrageenan is used as a thickener in foods. It is known to cause inflammation and has also been linked to colon inflammation and colon cancer.
Step 3. Time to add the super foods. (Maca powder, Plant Fusion Protein Powder, 1/2 teaspoon of Chia Seeds, 1/2 teaspoon of ground flax seed)
Maca Powder: I like to call this amazing stuff, “Miracle Powder.” It naturally provides the body with energy, without caffeine. Aside from the fact that it’s PACKED with minerals and vitamins; Maca powder helps to naturally balance the hormone levels in our body. Girls, this powder is amazing for helping with PMS and menopause. I will warn you though, you only need 1 teaspoon a day, preferably before 4:00 pm. More is not better with Maca.
Plant Fusion Protein Powder: This is one of my favorite, vegan protein powders. It’s not going to bulk you up because it’s plant based and very easily digestible. It contains no dairy, soy, gluten, or animal products. It also contains 21 grams of protein.
Chia Seeds: I could write a whole blog just on the benefits of chia seeds. I will spare you. Instead I will list out the top 10 reasons why chia seeds are so important to your health. 1. Prevents blood sugar spikes (natural treatment for type 2 diabetes) 2. Tons of Fiber 3. Great source of omega-3 (important for brain health 4. High in calcium and manganese 5. High in protein 6. Gets rid of belly fat 7. Keeps you full 8. Healthier Heart 9. Reduced blood pressure 10. Hydration
Surprisingly, coconut oil is known to get rid of belly fat. It also helps to boost your thyroid health, reduce cholesterol, increases digestion, energy and endurance. Add a scoop to each shake.
Step 6. Probiotics
Break open 2 capsules into your shake. These are my favorite probiotics. I always buy the Women 50 & Wiser. It has nothing to do with age, there is actually one extra strain of probiotics in them. So, for the same price, you get a stronger probiotic.
Step 7. The fun part- add some organic fruit. Below are some options.
Here is a tip. With this type of a shake, it tastes much better with fruits that are a bit more tart. I recommend 1/2 core of a pineapple (for reducing inflammation). This is my favorite mix.
1/2 banana (ripe)
1/2 pineapple core
This super-potent, nutritious shake is the best thing to end your workout, or begin your day with breakfast. Take some time to invest in your health. You only get one body, one chance, one life- so make the most with it.