Energizing Greens Smoothie

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green4  I wake up every single morning at 5:30 am. I don’t have to wake up that early, but I choose to because the extra time I get to prepare my meals, shakes, take my vitamins, drink my detoxifying lemon water, etc are all so important. In fact, I know that if I chose to sleep in a little bit later, I would actually be much more tired throughout the day. As a teacher, I get to compare my energy levels with the kids on a daily basis. The days when I take the time to make this shake for myself, I am a completely different person! It blows my mind away!! Do yourself the BIGGEST favor, set your alarm a few minutes early and take the time to make this shake. You will not regret it.  The health and energy this shake provides are so worth it!

So, why do I put these certain ingredients in my shake? I’m glad you asked! 🙂 First of all, I obviously want it to taste yummy. I love my greens first thing in the AM, and it helps when you have a creative way to make it yummy. First and foremost I put kale, and spinach in the shake. Kale is being called the “queen of nutrition” or the “powerhouse of nutrition.” The anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory benefits this little green leaf offer are proof to me that there is a God! 🙂 How can that be an accident? 🙂 Anyways…..It is really high in vitamin k, iron, fiber, magnesium… the list goes on. This little green leaf is known to help with arthritis, Alzheimer’s, asthma, bone health, cholesterol levels,… the list just goes on and on. I change up the type of kale I buy too. Sometimes I buy green kale, sometimes black kale. They all offer amazing benefits. Spinach is like Kale’s sister. 🙂 They both are incredibly high in nutrients.

As stated in a prior blog…Chia Seeds: 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

The ENERGIZING part of this shake is the Maca. Man, I could run marathons on the days I take this. PS: I do not notice the same benefits when I take the capsules. When I put a teaspoon in my shakes, I seriously do not need coffee.

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.

Next, I put one scoop of vegan, vanilla protein powder in. I do this to help me sustain hunger, keep me full, boost my metabolism, build muscle mass, shed fat, AND the protein powder itself is also packed with nutrients. Check out the Vega One protein powders. I am REALLY loving them!

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Here’s what you’ll need to make this shake:

2 Kale leaves pulled a part into smaller pieces
One handful of spinach
1 teaspoon of Maca Powder
1 Scoop of VegaOne protein powder
1 teaspoon of Chia Seeds
2 cups of water
1 cup of ice
1 orange (peeled)
1/2 banana
3 pineapple chunks

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PS: It makes ALOT: I put the leftovers in a sealed Mason Jar and bring it to work with me. I keep it in the fridge and drink it in the afternoon. 🙂

green1  Hope you enjoy it as much as I do!!! 🙂

green5 <>< Kaitlin

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