5 Ways To Boost Your Smoothie

5 Ways To Boost Your Smoothie

Have you heard about different ‘superfoods’ that can be added to smoothies to make them even more healthy?

There’s a long list of them; so many that it’s easy to get overwhelmed in the land of superfoods.

I always recommend to keep things simple, but I can understand the urge to test out something new, especially if there are health benefits attached to it.

To save you the time and energy required to sort through all the superfoods out there, I’ve put together a short list of my favourite smoothie boosters. Check them out and give them a try!

5 Ways to Boost Your Smoothie

1. MACA POWDER

Known for its hormone balancing effects. Maca has been studied to help normalize the symptoms of premenstrual/menstrual symptoms, as well as the symptoms of menopause including hot flashes, night sweats, cramps, fatigue and lethargy. Look for gelatinized maca for easier digestion and absorption. Add 1 tsp.

2. COLLAGEN

The ultimate anti-aging smoothie booster! As we age, our bodies’ natural production of collagen starts to slow. Collagen supplementation has proven to be effective in supporting the strength and flexibility of bones, tendons and cartilage, as well as the appearance of skin and nails, and GI tract health. Incorporating a collagen powder into your smoothie is an easy way to support many areas of your health and stay forever young. Learn more about the benefits of Whole Body Collagen. Add 1-2 scoops.

Whole Body Collagen

A unique blend of THREE collagen peptides supported by clinical research showing their efficacy for supporting collagen production, bone strength, joint & gut health, skin elasticity + more.

3. CACAO NIBS

These little guys are loaded with antioxidants, even more so than tea, wine and blueberries! In addition, cacao nibs are a high source of magnesium, iron and fibre. A great way to add extra nutrition and crunch to your smoothies. Stir in 1 tbsp.

4. SEA SALT

Not only will a high-quality sea salt enhance the flavour of your smoothie, but it will add life-giving nutrients. Sea salt is rich in trace minerals that are hard to obtain from food due to the lack of nutrient-rich soil. Sea salt can help promote vascular health, healthy pH & electrolyte balance, as well as increase energy, regulate sleep and improve symptoms of adrenal fatigue. Look for Pink Himalayan or Celtic. Add a pinch.

5. CINNAMON

Popular for its blood sugar lowering effects, but also has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, and immunity-boosting abilities. Great way to naturally sweeten your smoothies as well. Opt for Ceylon cinnamon over Cassia (aka “fake”) cinnamon. Cassia cinnamon contains a higher amount of coumarin, a natural plant chemical that can be toxic to the liver and kidneys, and it may also be carcinogenic, in large doses. Add 1/2-1 tsp.

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Creamy Eggnog Dough Balls (Raw, Gluten Free, Plant-Based)

Creamy Eggnog Dough Balls (Raw, Gluten Free, Plant-Based)

These soft and doughy balls are the perfect healthy treat for the holiday season!

According to some of my taste testers, these delicious bites taste like eggnog flavoured timbits! So, you’re in luck because timbits have never been this healthy – and packed with quality ingredients that will leave your body feeling good and satisfied. 

These no-bake balls are real easy to whip up in one bowl or you can use a food processor to make things even easier. Freeze the dough for roughly 15-minutes and then roll into bite-size balls. Enjoy these creamy balls as a snack or treat.

Gluten free, grain free, dairy free, raw & plant-based.

Pair these eggnog dough balls with my Eggnog Latte. It’s a match made in eggnog heaven!

Creamy Eggnog Dough Balls

INGREDIENTS: (makes 20ish balls)
1 3/4 cups almond flour
1/4 cup coconut flour
2 tbsp coconut palm sugar
3/4 tsp ceylon cinnamon
3/4 tsp ground nutmeg
pinch sea salt
1/4 cup raw coconut oil, melted & cooled
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup eggnog (I used So Delicious Coconut Holiday Nog)
1 tbsp coconut palm sugar (for coating)

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Combine the dry ingredients in a large bowl and mix well.

2. Pour melted coconut oil (melted & cooled) and maple syrup into the dry mixture and mix well.

3. Add the eggnog until a thick batter is formed. If the batter is too runny, add a teaspoon more coconut flour at a time until batter thickens.

4. Place batter in freezer for roughly 15-minutes to firm up. This will make the batter less sticky so you can form balls easily.

5. Scoop a teaspoon of dough and form into a small ball. You can roll the balls in the extra coconut palm sugar to coat then place in large shallow tupperware, dish or tray.

6. Store balls in the fridge for up to 2-weeks.

RECIPE NOTE: Steps 1-3 can be done using a food processor if you have one. 

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Turmeric Latte – a.k.a. Golden Milk

Turmeric Latte – a.k.a. Golden Milk

DID YOU KNOW? There are over 12,500 peer-reviewed articles published on the benefits of turmeric, in particular one of its powerful compounds, curcumin.

Curcumin is the main active ingredient in turmeric. It has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant – making it great for both weight loss and IBS.

Unfortunately, the curcumin content of turmeric is not that high, so if you want to experience the full effects of this powerful compound, you need to take a supplement that contains high amounts of curcumin.

In addition, curcumin is poorly absorbed during digestion, so many different supplement formulations have been created to improve its bioavailability. Want to learn more about effective curcumin supplements? Send me a message and I’ll help guide you. 

Consuming curcumin with certain fats and/or black pepper may help to increase absorption.

I used coconut milk (a healthy fat) and added black pepper to this Turmeric Latte, so you can get the most out of your golden milk!

Turmeric Latte

INGREDIENTS: (serves 1)
1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
1 tsp honey or coconut sugar
1/2 tsp ground turmeric
1/4 tsp ground ceylon cinnamon
1/8 tsp ground ginger
dash of black pepper

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Add all ingredients into a small saucepan and heat on the stove. Whisk to combine ingredients. You can also add heated ingredients into a blender to combine.

2. Pour into a mug and enjoy!