The ONE meal that changed my nutrition
I remember the first time I ever heard of a smoothie. I was probably about 12 or 13, at Crazy Burger, one of my favorite restaurants in my hometown. They were know for their eclectic menu- everything from vegan options to my favorite, the phyllo-crusted, feta-filled baa-baa lamb burger (Fun fact: they were actually featured on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives on the Food Network. Something big for my tiny little New England beach town!) but they also happen to have the best breakfast in town (those homefries will make you swoon). And there on the menu amongst fresh-squeezed juices and fair trade coffee options were smoothies. Blended mixtures of fruit juice, fruit and milk. Hmm. So I tried one. And another. And I was pretty darn hooked every time I went.
I don't remember making them at home until much later- I started learning how to add greens to them back when I was living in Toronto, working at a natural cooking school, and exploring the world of raw food. But despite my nutrition education, it was still lost on me why a mixture of fruit on top of fruit on top of yogurt with a bit of almond milk didn't keep me full (I mean, I added a handful of spinach!). I learned about blood sugar in school, of course and it was mostly related to avoiding diabetes. It wasn't until I started diving deeper into sports nutrition and bioindividuality I learned that we all have very different physiologies- which means we process food differently and there is no one-size-fits-all-diet. But there IS one thing we all have in common. And that is that imbalanced blood sugar is at the root of dozens of chronic diseases as well as zapping our energy, causing focus and mood imbalances, as well as erratic hunger and cravings. Mind. blown.
The solution? Pairing your fruit with PROTEIN, HEALTHY FATS, and VEGGIES (fiber). Fiber slows the digestion of the carbohydrates, keeping us full, while protein and healthy fats regulate blood sugar and turn off hunger hormones so we avoid that huge crash and burn. Meaning we stay fuller, longer- and a smoothie goes from a blood sugar disaster to a super nutrient-rich, EASY meal for moms (in fact, I call it the BEST meal for busy moms).
This simple change- swapping out the excess fruit for fat (1970's nutrition book authors are cringing, right now), adding in veggies for nutrients and fiber and a ton of protein for satiety changed my entire nutrition. I know it seems dramatic- but hear me out. Having it for breakfast meant I was no longer starving at noon and I could go until 1 or 2 before even feeling hungry. I avoid blood sugar crashes and my PCOS symptoms are at bay. Other meals aside, THIS was the change that made it all happen. And I call it the Healthy Mama Super Smoothie.
The Healthy Mama Super Smoothie turns your average breakfast into super mama fuel for energy, satiety and balance to start your day. It's one simple five-ingredient formula (no expensive meal replacement shakes or exotic superfoods required) to change your nutrition, just like it did mine. Don't believe me? Try it and let me know what you think!
Of course, there's more than just drinking a super smoothie to turn you into a super mama and change your entire healthy mama life- but it's a good start!
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