Struggling with healthy eating in sobriety? Let’s talk smoothies!
Smoothies can be a powerhouse of nutrients to fuel your day and having them regularly has a whole host of benefits:
They are nutrient dense, meaning you get a whole range of nutrients in one quick meal
The fruits, vegetables, and liquids can help you feel hydrated
They’re really easy to make and you can take it with you on your way to work
They are a better source of vitamins and minerals than supplements
They’re super filling
They can balance blood sugar levels
You can sneak in vegetables and not even taste them
They can help reduce cravings, especially if they contain protein
They improve digestion as foods are better digested in liquid form
They can counteract acid reflux and heartburn
They boost your immunity
They have detoxifying properties, if you include papaya, beets, chlorella, and spirulina
They’re full of fiber
It’s important to note though, that just blending a banana with some milk doesn’t necessarily make it a good smoothie. Smoothies should have an adequate amount of fat which is essential for bodily functions and helping your cells absorb vitamins and minerals; protein to keep you full and support your muscles; and fruits packed with vitamins and minerals to keep your body in top form and ward off any viruses.
Here are my top three favorite smoothies:
Creamy Ginger Citrus Smoothie
This creamy ginger citrus smoothie recipe is absolutely delicious. Adapted from my favorite website, Nutrition Stripped, this recipe is packed with bone-strengthening minerals (potassium, copper, magnesium, calcium, iron, phosphorus, zinc, and manganese) and healthy fats from the avocado and tahini. I added papaya for added immunity benefits and to help improve my skin.
1 cup water
3 cups of fresh spinach
1/2 small avocado
1 tbsp. tahini
1/2 inch of fresh ginger, peeled
2 medjool dates, pitted
1/2 cup frozen papaya
Juice of 1 lemon
Juice of 1 lime
Directions: Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth. Enjoy!
Acai Dragon fruit Berry Bowl
This recipe is full of immune boosting ingredients and is packed with protein which will keep you fuller for longer.
Two packs of frozen dragon fruit
1 pack frozen acai
1/4 cup almond milk
1 tbsp. peanut butter
2 scoops protein powder (I use Clearvite)
1/4 cup frozen strawberries
1 cup baby kale
Directions: Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth. Top with your favorite toppings. I used sliced almonds here. Enjoy!
Tropical Detox Smoothie
This is a super detoxing smoothie bowl which is great if you’re feeling bloated or even good for heavy metal detoxification.
1/4 small papaya
1/2 cup frozen pineapple
1/4 cup frozen mango
1 tbsp hemp seeds
1 scoop protein powder
1/2 cup almond milk
1 tbsp ground flax seeds
1 tbsp of chlorella and/or spirulina
Squeeze of raw honey
Blend until the desired consistency. For a bowl use less liquid. Top with your favorite toppings, I used coconut, pumpkin seeds, honey, and bee pollen here.
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Located in Portland, OR, Olivia Pennelle (Liv) is an experienced writer, journalist, and coach. She is the founder of the popular site Liv’s Recovery Kitchen, a site dedicated to helping people flourish in their recovery. Liv is passionate about challenging limiting mentalities and empowering others to direct their own lives, health, and recovery. You can find her articles across the web on podcasts and addiction recovery websites, including The Fix, Recovery.org, Ravishly, and The Recovery Village. Liv was recently featured in VICE.