What we eat first thing in the morning matters. We wake up on an empty stomach, and it is important to feed our body the vitamins and minerals it needs to function properly. One of the best and quickest ways to do that is by making a healthy smoothie in the morning. The best part of a healthy smoothie is that you are combining the healthy ingredients into an enjoyable drink: The fresh fruits and vegetable are packed with vitamins, minerals and fiber.
So, this week’s Be Better Challenge is to start your day with a healthy smoothie. We encourage you to make the smoothie in the morning and consume it on an empty stomach. This allows your body to absorb and utilize all the nutrients. If your schedule makes this impossible, the next best time to enjoy a smoothie is after you work out, because the protein helps rebuild your muscles. This week when you post a picture of your healthy smoothie using the #bebetter52, post the recipe as well. Not only will we donate $2 to Kenya Keys, but Roots Fitness is giving away a free Fit Kit of Arbonne with Protein Powder for the best post this week.
Below we have provided some basic tips to make your morning smoothies healthy. Most important, we encourage you to get creative. You can always add a supplement protein powder to your shake, but you can add protein in other ways, too.
1. Blend more vegetables than fruit. Make the smoothie two-thirds vegetable and one-third fruit. For more information on the nutrients found in particular vegetables, check out OneGreenPlanet.org for an article on Green Smoothies.
2. Get creative. Try your best to use unprocessed fruit and a variety of different vegetables.
3. Use frozen. Use frozen fruits and veggies instead of additional ice cubes to make the smoothie cold. The good news is that frozen fruit and vegetables tend to cost less.
4. Use a non-dairy base. You can always use water, but if you want the smoothie to be creamier, try using almond milk or rice milk.
5. Add seeds and nuts. An easy way to incorporate extra nutrients into your smoothies is by adding seeds and healthy nuts. Recommendations would be chia seeds, flax seeds, and even sunflower seeds.
6. Supplements. Be aware of what type of protein powder you add to your smoothies. We recommend plant-based proteins, such as Arbonne Essentials Protein Shake mix.
If you don’t have any ingredients and need a shopping list, don’t get overwhelmed: You probably have a lot of items already.
· You need a base: Yes, you can totally use water, but most like almond milk, rice milk or soy milk. Just a little warning about soy milk. Soy has high levels of phytoestrogen, which mimics estrogen in a female body
· Add veggies: Kale, spinach leaves, parsley
· Add fruit: Strawberries, bananas, blueberries
· Add nuts: almonds, cashews, peanuts, even peanut butter
· Add seeds: flax seeds, chia seeds, sunflower seeds
· Add a supplement powder if you have one.
Here are recipes for healthy fruit smoothies from Prevention.com and green smoothies from Fitness Magazine We hope you enjoy this week’s Be Better Challenge. Remember: for every completed challenge, we donate $1 to Kenya Keys. If you post a picture of yourself completing the challenge, the donation is $2. Look below for more information on our first-ever prize giveaway, Arbonne Essentials Protein Shake Mix.
We are excited that Roots Fitness in Orange County, Calif., is giving away a Fit Kit with some Arbonne Essentials Protein Shake Mix to the best post this week. Amy Martinez, the owner of Roots Fitness, will choose the winner. She tells us that Arbonne Essentials Protein Shake Mix has a perfectly balanced blend of vegan protein from pea, rice and cranberry, as well as functional fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, flax seed, and a unique botanical blend for targeted benefits. Just two scoops contain 20 grams of protein to help you feel satisfied and deliver a 100% amino acid score. Clinically tested and certified to have a low glycemic index. Certified Vegan and Certified non-GMO. Click here for more on Amy’s nutrition plan.