I am a big believer in getting your daily intake of nutrition through whole foods. I have studied nutrition and kinesiology and have a good understanding of how the body works. First off protein shakes are a no no. Why? Well, your body’s first source of energy comes from carbohydrates, then fats, and lastly protein. Protein is the last source for energy production in the body and usually is only tapped into after 2 hours of intense long endurance exercise. A lot of people resort to protein powders to put into their smoothies as a meal supplement. What happens to excess protein in the body, since it is not used as energy right away is that it often gets turned into fat. Yes, the body can change your food sources into fat, even excess carbs can be turned into fat. So overall, do your research when thinking of taking supplements. It would be wise to see a registered nutritionist before creating some absurd meal replacement plan since every body is different. It’s very easy to get caught up in the marketing of health foods or diet trends. Best to know your body and make informed decisions when it comes to dieting.

Here are a few smart smoothies to try out.

1) Green Smoothie

1/2 cup berries of choice
1 bunch of kale leaves, stems removed
2 bananas
water/almond milk/or soy milk
Blend & enjoy

2) Berry Breakfast

1 cup frozen unsweetened raspberries
3/4 cup chilled unsweetened almond or rice milk
1/4 cup frozen pitted unsweetened cherries or raspberries
1 1/2 Tbsp honey
2 tsp finely grated fresh ginger
1 tsp ground flaxseed
1-2 tsp fresh lemon juice

3) The Super Green

1¼ cups chopped kale leaves (stems and tough rib removed), preferably Lacinato (also known as dinosaur)
1¼ cups frozen cubed mango
2 medium ribs celery, chopped
1 cup chilled fresh tangerine or orange juice
¼ cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
¼ cup chopped fresh mint

4) Hale to Kale

½ pear
¼ avocado
½ cucumber
½ lemon
handful of cilantro
1 cup kale (packed)
½ inch ginger
½ cup coconut water
1 tbsp scoop hemp hearts
pure water

5) Sweet Spirit

½ banana
½ cup blueberries
¼ avocado
½ cup almond milk
1 tsp spirulina
1 handful of sesame seeds
pure water

6) Alkalinity Bliss

½ pear
¼ avocado
1 packed cup spinach
¼ cup coconut water
1 cup almond milk
1 tsp chia seeds
1 tbsp pumpkin seeds
pure water

7) Belly Soother

1 cup papaya
1 cup coconut kefir, coconut yogurt or cultured coconut milk
juice from ½ lime
1 tbsp raw honey

8) Morning Glorious

1 large cucumber
A fistful of kale
A fistful of romaine
2 or 3 stalks celery
1 big broccoli stem
1 green apple, quartered
½ peeled lemon, quartered

9) Crazy Sexy Goddess

1 avocado*
1 banana
1 cup blueberries
1 cucumber
A fistful of kale or romaine or spinach
Coconut water (or purified water)
Stevia, to taste, and/or a sprinkle of cinnamon or some cacao (optional)

*If desired, use coconut meat, raw almond butter, or nut milk in place of avocado. You can also add superfoods like cacao (to taste)

10) Clear Skin Sip

1 cup coconut kefir
½ cup packed flat-leaf parsley (leaves and stems)
1 cucumber, seeded if you don’t have a high speed blender
1 apple
1 Tbsp coconut oil
1 lime
2 Tbsp fresh mint leaves, or to taste

Sources for recipes: #1 –  The Healing Cuisine #2-10 – Note: I edited the recipes to include only whole foods and no protein powders or supplement powders. Make your body work and digest, anything refined is definitely not as good as the real thing.