Dessert for breakfast {a nutrient dense shake/smoothie recipe}

Chocolate Malt Shake

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A smoothie for breakfast has the potential to provide an abundance of nutrients, and whole body nourishment. Here are the essentials for a dreamy breakfast shake/smoothie bowl that tastes like dessert, while nourishing the brain, hormones, adrenals and more.

Liquid base: 1 cup homemade walnut milk

Protein: @nkdnutrition pea and matcha powder {plant based, and also serving up a big dose of antioxidants}

Frozen item: ½ cup frozen zucchini {less sugar than bananas}

Fruit: ¼ cup frozen wild blueberries {brain food}

Fiber: Handful of microgreens and 2 tbsp. ground flaxseeds {nutrient dense + aids in digestion}

Healthy fat: 1 tbsp. cashew butter {heart supportive}

Superfoods: 1 tbsp. cacao powder{mood elevating}, ½ tbsp. maca powder {supports the adrenal system}, and a light drizzle of @beekeepers superfood honey

Herbs/spices: 1 tsp. Ceylon cinnamon {helps balanced blood sugar} and a few dashes pink sea salt {minerals}

Toppings {having toppings on top of your smoothies to chew aids in digestion}: ¼ cup Figs and 1 cut up cookie dough bliss ball

This type of meal keeps me energized and full until lunch time.

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B's (Go-To) Green Energy Smoothie + Benefits

I've been sucking this baby down for years, and because I'm a true believer in the benefits of having this on a regular basis I thought it was time to reveal B's Green Energy Smoothie to you on here, to make it more official ;-)

While the long list of ingredients may seem overwhelming at first, once your kitchen is stocked with them, most last for a few weeks if not longer, and the only ones you will really need to restock on a regular (weekly) basis is the fruit and veggies. Plus I encourage you to play around with the ingredients and customize the smoothie to your liking. This smoothie is not only cleansing, but it’s packing some healthy fats, fiber, and protein so it’s easy on your blood sugar levels (something a lot of other green juices are lacking). I make this in batches and store the leftovers in mason jars in the fridge. That way I’m only having to make this every 2-3 days and I always have one waiting for me. I usually like to start my mornings off with this drink, but sometimes I save it for that time between 3 and 4 when I find myself starting to crash between working with clients and studying for school. It’s also great after a night of too much indulging (whether that be from food or alcohol). So here it is ladies and gents...

B’s Green Energy Smoothie Ingredients (Serves 2-3):
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2 cups coconut water
Benefits: Replaces essential electrolytes, great for your skin, and aids in weight loss

1 frozen banana (plus a few ice cubes)
Benefits: Aids in digestion, helps fight depression, and high in fiber

1 medium sized apple of choice
Benefits: Detoxes your liver, boosts your immune system, and the insoluble fiber and pectin help promote healthy digestion

1 whole cucumber    
Benefits: Hydrating, flushes out toxins and fights inflammation

1 cup pineapple chunks
Benefits: Has bromelain, a protein-digesting enzyme that improves gut health and reduces the risk of cancer, supports energy production, and contains antioxidants 

1 cup greens of choice: Spinach, kale, swiss chard, arugula, or romaine
Benefits: Good source of chlorophyll which has a slew of health benefits including it helps neutralize free radicals that damage healthy cells in the body, are detoxifying and good for healthy bones   
(I always rotate my greens on a weekly basis to get a variety of nutrients, minerals and antioxidants instead of the same ones. I also do this to avoid getting too much of the same anti-nutrients that greens come with as a defense mechanism to protect themselves in nature. While this is destroyed during cooking, when having leafy greens raw, it isn’t. A little is OKAY, but that’s why I suggest to rotate your greens.)

3-4 celery stalks
Benefits: Reduce inflammation, alkalize the body, and have magnesium which is calming and stress reducing 

½-1 inch piece of ginger
Benefits: Reduces muscle pain and soreness, protects the liver, and is anti-inflammatory

Juice from ½ a lemon and lime
Benefits: Aids digestion, full of Vitamin C for immunity, and protects against cancer

3 tbsp. hemp seeds
Benefits: Complete plant-protein, rich in essential fatty acids omega 6 and omega 3, and aid in digestion

2 tbsp. unrefined coconut oil
Benefits: Help you burn fat, helps kill harmful microorganisms, and great for brain health

2 tsp. turmeric (plus dash of black pepper for better absorption)
Benefits: Increases antioxidant capacity in the body, anti-inflammatory, and helps prevent/treat cancer  

Pinch of: Mint (promotes digestion), parsley (flushes excess fluids from body), and cilantro (detoxes heavy metals from the body)

Cut the necessary fruit and veggies and add everything to a blender (I use my Vitamix). Blend on high until everything is well blended. Serve yourself a glass (between 8-16 oz) and save the left overs in mason jars and store in fridge. Before having any of the leftovers, I just give the mason jar a good 3-5 shakes and it’s good to go. Leftovers last in fridge up to 2-3 days.

The takeaway? This is an alkalizing, anti-inflammatory and cleansing smoothie that helps your body to flush out toxins, while providing it with antioxidants and other disease fighting properties. It provides an abundant of nutrients and is a great way to reap a ton of health benefits into one meal/snack. If you make this tag me in your B's Green Energy Smoothie posts, would LOVE to see! xx