My mornings typically start with a smoothie for breakfast. I change up the ingredients everyday but this is one of my favorites. It’s full of antioxidants, healthy fats, and protein. I hate it when I have a smoothie and then an hour later I’m starving. This one isn’t like that, it keeps me feeling fuller much longer and gives me lots of energy.
There are quite a few components in this smoothie but they all work together to give you a rich, smooth, delicious flavor. One of my favorite things about this particular recipe is the antioxidants it contains. First, you have the dark cherries. Not only do cherries taste absolutely wonderful they are incredibly healthy. Cherries contain powerful antioxidants like anthocyanins and cyanidin. Sweet cherries also contain a small amount of quercetin, which is among the most potent in terms of antioxidant activity and a wide range of other health-promoting properties (mercola.com).
I love to keep a container of golden paste in the refrigerator at all times. I usually make it about once every 2 weeks. I use it in a variety of recipes including all my smoothies. It’s so easy to make, you can find a recipe here. Combining the turmeric, black pepper, and coconut oil together allows the ingredients to work together so that they can be better absorbed by your body. Our bodies have a tough time absorbing turmeric alone but by adding a little black pepper it boosts the bioavailability by 2000%. You may be asking, why do I need turmeric anyway? Curcumin is the main active ingredient in turmeric. It is an anti-inflammatory and a powerful antioxidant, boasting a wide range of benefits.
Coconut water is a good source of antioxidants, potassium, magnesium, copper, and cytokinins — it always makes a good addition to any smoothie.
Coconut oil and almond butter provide healthy fats and the collagen peptides are a wonderful source of nutrient-dense protein.
I like to add a little Vitamin C powder to my smoothies, especially in the winter and spring months when everyone seems to be passing around sicknesses. It definitely bumps up the immune system and keeps me from getting colds when everyone else seems to have them.
- 1/2 frozen banana
- 1/2 cup frozen dark cherries
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 scoop of collagen peptides (or protein powder of choice)
- 1 tbsp almond butter
- 1 tsp golden paste
- 1/4 tsp vitamin C powder (optional)
- 1/3 cup coconut water
- 3/4 cup of water
- Add all the ingredients to the blender and blend until smooth! Enjoy!!