By: Emily Oberg
I was never a smoothie person. In the past, the smoothies that I had tried typically consisted of some dark green mush that tasted just as bad as it looked. It was either that or some overly-sweetened chocolate or fruity blend that I knew couldn’t possibly be good for you. But what I did like about the smoothie craze, was the convenience, the fact that they are easy on your stomach, and a good alternative to ice cream or a cold treat on a hot summer day. I decided that I needed to give this smoothie thing a try and after some experimenting in the kitchen, I finally found my favorite recipe. I’ll typically have this smoothie 2-3 times per week as my breakfast or as a post- tennis/workout treat. It’s easy to make, dairy free, low glycemic and tastes like frozen yogurt!
I like very simple flavors so this may be a bit plain for some of you but feel free to substitute and add whichever fruits/protein flavors you like. Just be sure to use low glycemic fruits only as the wrong kind/too many can send your blood sugar levels through the roof. I also don’t add any greens to mine because I prefer to eat my greens than to drink them but if you’re not like me, throw in as much greens as you like. This recipe also uses a lot of health-boosting supplements which I’ll talk more about below.
Lastly, I don’t use ice in this recipe because cold foods are much harder for our bodies to break down and digest and I don’t like cold foods/drinks in general. Instead of ice, I use frozen fruit which is equally nutritious as fresh fruit and also much cheaper. I blend my smoothie using a Vitamix, but any blender will do. I first add the fruit, then milk, then the remaining ingredients. I don’t like to use too much milk because I like my smoothie to be thick but again, feel free to modify it to your liking.
1 cup of frozen organic raspberries
1 cup of organic coconut milk
½ scoop of Vanilla Bulletproof Collagen Protein Powder
½ scoop of Made Of Protein Powder (Vanilla Flavored)
1 scoop of Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides
1 tsp bee pollen
1 tsp He Shou Wu
1 tbsp L-Glutamine
1 tbsp of Bulletproof MCT oil
1 tbsp of ground flaxseeds
1 vanilla bean (scrape the seeds out of the bean)
Many of you may be wondering what some of the above ingredients are and why you should bother taking them, and while they are optional, I do recommend incorporating all of them if you want to get the most out of your smoothie.
He Shou Wu- A chinese herb used to promote longevity, healthing aging and reduce inflammation. He Shou Wu has also been used to treat diabetes, heart disease and other serious illnesses. However, there are warnings against taking the herb as it has the potential to be damaging to your liver, so please consult your health physician before taking this.
Bee Pollen- A mixture of pollen, nectar and enzymes containing a wide range of antioxidants. The benefits of bee pollen include boosting your immune system, reducing inflammation and allergies, increases your body's absorption of nutrients, as well as an ability to stop tumor growth.
L-Glutamine- An amino acid that helps to increase immune and intestinal cells, promoting healthy digestion and overall health.
MCT Oil- Molecules that make up fats in things like coconut oil and goat milk. When consumed, our bodies turn MCTs into ketones which have been proven to burn fat and support brain health.
Ground flaxseeds- Packed with Omega-3s, flax seeds are a top source of polyphenols, an antioxidant which protects against disease, cancer and other oxidative stress. They’re high in both soluble and insoluble fibre, aiding in better digestion and also contain protein, magnesium and manganese which promotes collagen production.
Collagen- A protein that supports skin, hair, gut, eye, joint and bone health.