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The Most Delicious Green Smoothie EVER

I just had my wisdom teeth out yesterday, which means soups, smoothies and mushy food for me for the next few days. And you can bet that my most delicious green smoothie EVER is on repeat! 

Oh! and popsicles! I actually spent some time prepping healthy soups, bone broth and my avocado fudgesicles, which are so yummy. Clearly, I’m prepared. This isn’t my first rodeo. I had my wisdom teeth on the right side out a few years ago (why I didn’t do them all at once?? I dunno!).

Because I’m looking for a speedy recovery, this means high nutrient dense, healthy food – of course!

This green smoothie recipe is my GO-TO. I am so obsessed with the delicious blend of flavours that it’s hard to make anything else. 

You may have heard my rant about smoothies in the past and if you haven’t, well here goes – stop loading your smoothies up with copious amounts of fruit. Otherwise, you’re just making a sugar drink. Some fruit is OK, but be sure to have a balance of P-F-F – protein, fat and fiber – which is exactly what you get with my most delicious green smoothie ever recipe. (I know, it’s a mouthful!).

On top of the P-F-F, I’ve added in some nutrient dense, fat burning goodness from MCT oil powder. This powder is amazing! You’ve probably had MCT oil before, perhaps in your bulletproof coffees? And although I’m a fan of the oil, the powder is frothy and delicious. 

Perfect Keto MCT Oil Powder is the only MCT oil that uses acacia fiber. Acacia fiber has been clinically proven to help heal leaky gut. And being that I have autoimmune hashimoto’s, healing my gut is of utmost importance to me. Gut issues are often one of the root causes of autoimmunity. 

**As a note, you can use code – HOLISTICWELLNESS – at your PerfectKeto.com checkout to save 15%!**
 
If you’ve been following a low-carb or ketogenic diet, or a low-inflammatory diet to support gut health,  this MCT oil powder will be the perfect compliment to your diet.
 
And the best part? It’s perfect for travel. Grab your thermos, add in a scoop of powder and once you’ve passed the security at the airport, fill your thermos up with coffee and Boom! Perfect keto coffee on the go that is frothy and feeling! So let’s get to this is incredibly delicious green smoothie recipe. Hope you love it as much as I do!
BEST EVER Green Smoothie
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups coconut milk
  2. 1 cup shredded kale
  3. Half a frozen banana
  4. 1 scoop Perfect Keto MCT Oil Powder in Vanilla
  5. 1 scoop Perfect Keto Collagen (unflavoured or vanilla)
  6. 1 tsp ground ginger
  7. 1 tbsp cashew butter
  8. 2-3 ice cubes
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients into a blender (I use a vitamix) and blend on high for 30 seconds until well combined.
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Gut Healing Green Smoothie

It seems that everyone I speak to these days has something going on with their gut. 
 
From gas, to bloating, to constipation, colitis or IBS, I think it’s safe to say that at some point in our life, we’ve all experienced some uncomfortableness with our digestive system and gut. 
 
I know I have!
 
Years ago I caught a parasite on vacation and it wasn’t pretty. 
 
I couldn’t eat anything, or even keep food down for that matter and my poor digestion was suffering due to the anti-fungals I was on. It came to a point where I just HAD to take them, along with doing a TON of natural support as well. 
 
When it comes to healing your gut and supporting your digestive system overall, the first step is to eliminate the foods that are obviously causing you discomfort. 
 
Dairy and gluten tend to be the obvious culprits, but it’s sooo different for everyone! I suggest keeping a food journal so you can really keep a close eye on the foods that may be causing you harm. 
 
In my Gut Healing Meal Plan you’ll find a variety of amazing meals and foods to choose from. As they say – variety is the spice of life, and its so true! I bet you continue to eat the same foods over and over again. This is a problem!
 
You need variety of foods in order to get nutrients, phytochemicals, antioxidants, minerals and of course, your essentials like carbohydrates, proteins and fats. 
 
Eating the same foods over and over again can stress out the digestive system. Plus, having variety means you introduce different kinds of prebiotics into your gut that feeds the good bacteria.Good healthy bacteria = a healthy stronger gut!
 
So here’s my Gut Healing Smoothie, a recipe you’ll find in my Gut Healing Meal Plan (along with other delicious recipes, which are low FODMAP and help to specifically reduce bloating, gas and heal leaky gut).
 
This smoothie is nourishing, satisfying and incredible for supporting liver detoxification and gut health. It contains lots of healthy omega 3’s, which provide anti-inflammatory compounds and the super healing benefit of collagen, a protein that helps to build tissue and strengthen the lining of the gut. 
 
Plus, collagen helps keep your skin supple, toned and tight! A huge beauty bonus for drinking this smoothie!
 
If you’re new to using collagen and unsure of the amazing gut healing benefits, you’re about to be blown away:
 
* The amino acids in collagen provide unique soothing and reparative properties for the digestive tract.
* The high concentration of the amino acid glycine, stimulates stomach acid production and thereby improves digestion and nutrient assimilation.
* Collagen makes up to 90% of bone mass, and several studies indicate that taking collagen internally can improve bone metabolism.
* Both gelatin (which is simply cooked collagen and what you get when making bone broth) and collagen are great in helping to heal leaky gut and support intestinal permeability. 
* Collagen and gelatin also help to restore the normal mucosal layer in the gut.
* Both help improve skin elasticity, tonify the skin and support the skin in aging.
 
I personally like using Bulletproof Collagen powder or Great Lakes Collagen (green label). It’s easy to stir into soups, stews, smoothies and even tea. It’s tasteless! 
 
 Another benefit to drinking this smoothie is that its loaded with lots of fiber, which is essential in helping to bind to toxins and flush them out of the gut. Plus, fiber is super important if you are having issues with constipation. 
 
Ready to support detoxification and gut health? I thought so! Let’s get to this amazing smoothie! ENJOY 🙂 
Gut Healing Green Smoothie
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Ingredients
  1. 2 1/2 cups spring water
  2. 2 cups kale leaves or spinach
  3. 1/2 avocado (peeled and pit removed)
  4. 1/2 banana (frozen) or 2 medjool dates
  5. 1 tbsp chia seeds
  6. 2 tbsps ground flax seed
  7. 4 tbsps hemp seeds
  8. 1 tbsp collagen powder (brands I like are Great Lakes, Bulletproof, or Vital Proteins)
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to high speed blend and blend until well combined and smooth.
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Energizing Blueberry Spinach Smoothie

This smoothie contains quite the powerhouse nutrients, like calcium and magnesium from spinach, antioxidants from blueberries, heart healthy fats from chia and plant based hemp protein.

If you’re like me (and like most nutritionists out there), you’ll notice that we have a thing for our green smoothies! Honestly, I just can’t get enough of them.

I am SO happy that spring is in the air and the warmer temperatures are upon us. This really gets me into green smoothie mode! I have a hard time preparing cold smoothies in the winter. Especially with -20 temperatures, it’s hard to want to start your day with something so chilly.

I find it so interesting that my body naturally adjusts to the weather. As soon as the weather gets warmer I naturally crave more salads, raw foods and smoothies and juices. During the winter I am a sucker for soups and stews and heartier meals. Do you find this with yourself as well?

On April 13th I’ll be launching my Spring Detox and I am so excited to share with you the incredible spring menu I’ve prepared. the recipes are light, delicious and incredibly detoxifying. It’s important to give our bodies the right nutrients as we switch from winter to spring and I’ve put together the perfect plan to help you do so. Be sure to sign up for our newsletter (sign up to the right) to receive all the details as to when the detox will be launching. 

Our 21-day meal plan and recipe guide is over 70 pages! It’s full of nutritious and healthy recipes, plus I’ve put together amazing bonuses, like our Spring into Exercise Guide, our 30 page Complete Guide to Detoxing (full of detox tips and tricks and liver cleansing info) and so much more! Can you tell I’m excited 🙂 

In the meantime, whip up this delicious and detoxifying blueberry spinach smoothie and supercharge your body with nutrients.

Happy Sipping!

Energizing Blueberry Smoothie
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup wild frozen blueberries
  2. Half a banana or 1/4 avocado for creaminess
  3. 2 large handfuls of organic spinach
  4. 2 cups water coconut water
  5. 1 cup almond milk
  6. 1 scoop vanilla hemp protein powder
  7. 1 tbsp chia seeds
  8. 3-4 ice cubes (optional)
  9. 1 tsp cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Blend together in a high speed blender.
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My Favourite Morning Smoothie

I’m pretty obsessed with my green smoothies in the morning. Over the years as I was constantly revamping my diet and trying new super foods, I gravitated towards making a green smoothie because it was 1. easy to thrown all my ingredients into a blender and drink it and 2. it’s just damn tasty and it makes me feel like a rock star!

Don’t you want to feel like a rock start? 

I’m always asked what kind of blender and juicer I use…

Blender – Vitamix (which I’ve had now for almost 10 years!)
Juicer – Omega (which I got almost 2 years ago and love)

But I love my vitamix more only because it’s less hassle to clean 🙂

But… juicing is better, right? Or is blending?

Another question I get asked often. 

With blending you preserve all the fiber and juicing you extract all the fiber. That’s why its a juice. The pulp is separated and you’re left with a pure, clean juice. Obviously you want to juice veggies to obtain the most nutrients content that will supercharge your cells upon drinking. Due to the fiber being removed, the absorbability of a juice is much faster. 

As for blending, the pulp is kept in tact and you drink it. Nothing wrong with that! The pulp/fiber will help slow the release of sugar into your bloodstream and is more satiating. 

So..which one is better? I say do both! Personally, I include both smoothies and juices in my diet. If I’m heading out the door to a meeting or off for a super busy day, I’m probably not going to juice. It’s not as filling and my tummy will be wanting to eat soon after. In this case, I’d rather make a smoothie and load it with fruits, veggies, protein, fiber and healthy fats. This is filling!

But what if you combine the two?? Yup! Combine them!

That’s what I’ve started to do and I’m officially obsessed with this blend. It’s so fuelling, energizing, invigorating, healthy, nutritious and yummy!

Due to my juicer being low speed, it prevents oxidation and the juice can actually be stored for up to 72 hours. So what I like to do is make a big batch of fresh pressed juice, use some right away, and then store the rest in the fridge overnight to use again tomorrow. 

Bonus is that I don’t have to juice everyday, but I get to enjoy the benefits.

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So here’s what I’ve been juicing, which I use as a base for my smoothie:

Juice (makes 4-5 cups)

  • 2 large cucumbers
  • 5 celery stalks
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 inch piece of ginger root
  • 1 lemon

I add 1-2 cups of this to my vitamix blender and add in:

  • Half a banana
  • Handful of mixed greens (spinach, kale, etc)
  • 2 tsp spirulina powder
  • 1 tbsp hemp seeds
  • 2 tsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  • 1/4 avocado (optional, but adds extra creaminess)
  • 1 cup spring water (optional, depending on your preference of thickness)

Blend together and enjoy!

Your energizing Juice-Smoothie! It’s loaded with silica, potassium, omega 3’s, protein, vitamin B12, vitamin C, fiber, beta-carotene and vitamin E. It doesn’t get any better than that. Plus, it tastes SO good!

Happy Juicing and Blending!

P.S. If you’re looking for more delicious and energizing smoothie recipes, My Qualitarian Cookbook is full of them! From juices to smoothies and healing elixirs, you’ll find a ton of nourishing and healthy recipes. Check it out HERE. 

Samantha xoxo 

 

 

 

 

 

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