The New Year is the perfect time to make a change right? So, I don't have a list of resolutions but I do have one goal that has been somewhat forced on me. I have been told that I am now in the "pre-diabetes" zone. Ugh! I've been reading a lot about the evils of sugar and its about time that I pay attention. According to FoodBabe the average person ingests 3 lbs of added sugar every week!!! Besides the obvious reasons, I've also learned from a study done by the Mayo Clinic that high levels of sugar can decrease cognitive function. That's not good!
Eating the right amount of nutrients in a day can be difficult. I've been doing a food diary and it seems I am always low in protein and high in fat or carbohydrates. That led me to this powdered peanut butter PB2 that has 5g of protein and only 1.5g of fat compared to 17g in regular peanut butter. And, it adds great flavor to smoothies! So, I had been on the lookout for a good smoothie recipe when I came across a wonderful food blend from Costco called "LIVfit".
Each serving contains the equivalent of the vitamins found in 1 1/2 Bunches Broccoli, 2 cups Blueberries, 1/2 Tomatoes, 6g Vegan Protein (pea, hemp, quinoa) 100% DV vitamins b6, b12, thiamin and riboflavin. The best part is that there is very little taste.
So with that as my base, here is what I add.
Frozen fruit of your choice. You can actually peel a banana and freeze it for later use and it won't get brown.
This coconut water is 60 calories and does have 15g of carbs but is loaded with potassium. I use 3/4 - 1 carton depending on the thickness.
This can be substituted for a small amount of baby spinach leaves if you prefer. Use what you have.
I have been reading about the anti-inflammatory benefits of Tumeric so I add a couple of small shakes.
Ahhh, here is my sweet! I add Stevia to my coffee, lemon water and now my smoothies. I use about 1/3 of a dropper but again sweeten to your taste.
All of the ingredients can be adjusted to your liking. I also add some ice depending on the thickness.
My Nutri-Bullet makes it so easy. I add a handle and a straw and perfection!
I know that I am no nutritional expert but I hope I have added a viable option to your quest to better health!