How I stay sharp with superfoods
Today's post is a bit off my normal content. But I woke up on this chilly Sunday morning at 5:30am with a ton of energy and ready to tackle a busy day ahead. I know the credit is entirely to my way of eating. In 2014 my resolution was to get my diet in order, and I went above and beyond.
A few years ago I would have never woke up early with the kind of focus I have today. In 2013 I had a rough year in and out of the hospital with a slew of problems with my kidneys and immune system. Luckily the source of the problem was addressed and not so lucky removed surgically, but after so many hospital and ER visits I was determined to change my health with my diet in 2014 instead of so many doctor visits.
The easiest, fastest and most realistic way for me to get highly nutritious foods into my system is through juices, smoothies and hot elixirs. I eat a lot of veggies, eggs and whole grains most of the day but I'd say the majority of my nutrients are coming from what I drink (on top of about 2-3 liters of water a day). After many months of research and trying new foods, my absolute favorite and most dependable resource for superfoods and supplements is Surthrival.com. These supplements took my diet to a different level. My husband is convinced that my commitment to drinking Schizandra berry with my juice was a factor in why we got pregnant - and I plan on adding the immortal velvet to my post pregnancy recovery plan. The colostrum has made my smoothies outrageously delicious and I haven't found a more complete supplement to add to my diet and I love how easy it is on my stomach since I usually react poorly to dairy.
My husband and I just started on the pine pollen this week so it's a little early to say how that has effected us, but getting up wide awake on a Sunday morning may have something to do with adding that to my diet. I can't praise the products enough, but what I also love is how informative the website is about each of the products so I feel totally informed. I can't say enough good things about the products and company.
Here are a few smoothies that I drink on a regular basis and a bonus one that feels like a splurge to me because of the high fructose. I almost always start off the day with water and lemon or a veggie and lemon juice, and then move on to the heavier smoothies that I drink throughout the day. It's pretty straightforward - add all ingredients and blend!
Chocolate, Peanut Butter & Banana Nut Smoothie.
- 1-2 frozen bananas
- About 1 cup of home made almond milk - more to thin out once blending
- Almond Butter or PB2 powder
- 2 spoonfuls of Cacao powder
- 2 spoonfuls of Colostrum powder
- Handful of Chia seeds (a must if you are traveling with your smoothie in a canteen, it will keep the texture nice and thick)
- Optional superfood powders - I love maca for the morning for energy, pine pollen, lucuma, spirulina (use a very light hand here beginners, too much will spoil the taste) hemp seeds, and flax seeds are other options I add.
Antioxidant boosting Smoothie with Schizandra Berry
- Half pound of frozen raspberries
- About 1 cup homemade almond milk or Keifer - add more to thin while blending
- 2 spoonfuls of Colostrum powder
- Large pinch of Schizandra berry concentrate
- Large pinch of Acai powder
Creamy Mango with Honey. This is the splurge I referred to earlier. I usually don't eat sugary fruit and save this for days when I need something to replace a refined sugar or processed food craving. I love to make this when I know I'll be somewhere where there is a lot of refined sugar and starches available because this drink satisfies my sweet tooth and I know I have a very sweet smoothie waiting for me after I get home from avoiding the sugary buffet.
- Frozen Banana or two
- Half pound of frozen Mango - I buy in bulk and freeze when in season
- About a cup of homemade almond milk
- 2 spoonfuls of Colostrum or more
- Vanilla Powder
I also adore my dear friend Iris Nabalo at www.nabalo.com for superfood inspiration. She will blow your mind with her Cacao lovers elixir. It saved me when I was craving hot chocolate this winter but wanted to stay away from the usual sugary recipes I grew up with. I keep a large mason jar of her elixir blend in my fridge and heat up a mug throughout the day. It doesn't last long.
It's also very exciting for me to share that I will be contributing to Nabalo's Year of the Goddesses during the new moon in June. Check out Iris' Instagram & Facebook page for inspiration all year as she features a powerful line up of women to keep your eye on.