Of all the healthy habits I’ve started over the years, a daily smoothie is the most important.
It’s not that a smoothie is healthier than its unmixed ingredients. Or that it’s more important than a salad (another simple daily healthy habit).
Instead, a smoothie for me is about setting the tone for what I’m going to eat the rest of the day.
Start your day with a smoothie and you guarantee that even if hell breaks loose and you eat nothing else healthy for the rest of the dayAt least you got a couple of handfuls of berries, a banana, a handful of baby spinach, a tablespoon of flaxseed, some raw walnuts, and a Brazil nut.
It’s also my trigger habit to take a couple of supplements that I take every day (Complement Plus and Turmeric if I don’t put the fresh root in my smoothie). I learned that if I don’t have my smoothie, I don’t take my supplements if I don’t take my supplements.
But maybe the best part of the smoothie habit is that it’s so easy to make changes to fit your needs. While I’m trying to pack my disease-fighting, longevity-enhancing foods, my kids have different needs right now. Both are very enthusiastic about sports, and my son in particular wants to gain a little more weight. But like me, he tends to forget about food when wrapped up in something.
That’s why my wife developed a chocolate smoothie recipe for him that is rich in high-calorie ingredients, tastes good and is refined with one serving Complement proteinto further increase the protein and calorie count – without the excessive amounts of heavy metals and sweeteners in other protein powders.
Even if he doesn’t eat well for the rest of the day, we know he gets at least a lot of calories from his smoothie.
And it was a huge success. He drinks a full recipe every day (half past noon, half after football practice) and has gained five pounds in just one month.
Here is the recipe (inspired by one of The juice truck, by Zach Berman and Ryan Slater):
1 Brazil nut
1 tablespoon of flax seeds
1/4 cup silky tofu, biologically GMO-free
3 pitted Medjool dates, soaked
1 tablespoon of cocoa powder
1 tablespoon of cocoa nibs
2 tablespoons Complement protein
2 tablespoons of peanut butter
1 large, very ripe frozen banana
3/4 cup ice cream
1 1/2 cups of unsweetened almond milk
Mix all ingredients in a powerful blender and stir until smooth. Makes 28 ounces.
… For a total of 789 calories, 33 grams of protein, 106 grams of carbohydrates (18 from fiber) and 34 grams of fat (whole fat, no oils).
Given that the rest of your diet is likely to contain only 1,500 to 2,000 calories, this is a big increase, and it’s not hard to see why it worked.
How could a daily smoothie help you?
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