Besides meal prep, I think the most important thing to keep you motivated to eat clean and choose foods that are more nutritious and beneficial for your body is variety and taste.
While I have been successful the times I stuck to a standard oatmeal, green juice, protein and veggies type of meal plan, it is not something I could sustain everyday for the rest of my life, and quite honestly not one I would want to!
To get the most nutrient punch in my diet, I love a good smoothie or smoothie bowl which packs the most good-for-you foods and boosts and literally feels like a cheat meal (if you make it right). However, beware that it CAN be just like a cheat meal if you make them incorrectly.
The types of smoothies and smoothie bowls that are in mainstream food places are loaded with sugar, dairy, and who knows what. I am very careful about ordering them anywhere unless I can choose exactly what I would like in it or I know they are using quality ingredients with no additives and small amounts of sugar.
Even natural sugar when used in excess can be destructive. Just because it’s fruit doesn’t mean it’s healthy and just because it’s a smoothie bowl or smoothie doesn’t mean it’s good for you.
No need to stress though, making a smoothie or smoothie bowl at home can be super simple if you are armed with the tools to know what to incorporate and what to try and stay away from.
Top 3 Things to Avoid w/ Smoothies
- Sugar– this can be in the form of syrups (including honey and agave), dried fruits (they have double & even triple amounts of sugar), multiple fruits (unless you are having small amounts of each), any granola or sweetened topping
- Double anything– unless you are a body builder you do not need to consume an extreme amount of protein in one sitting, pick one form and stick with it (milk, powder, nut butter, chia seeds, etc.)
- Trim the fat– while a little fat is good, having too much from various sources in one sitting is a sure way to store some extra lbs so choose one (avocado, nut butter, coconut)
Top 3 Things to Include w/ Smoothies
- Greens– this is the easiest way to “hide” a bunch of greens without even tasting them, I like to load up on spinach or kale and sometimes even do a mix of the two
- Protein– this element will help you feel full and feed your muscles, and sparking that slow burn (good for metabolism), incorporating protein can be easy by using a protein powder, chia or hemp seeds, or even a nut butter
- Boosts– this is where I play around and keep things interesting when creating any smoothie or bowl, I like to add 2 or 3 boosts whether it is seeds, coconut flakes, goji berries, bee pollen, maca, cacao, etc.
MSF Easy Peasy Smoothie Bowl
2 c spinach or kale
1/2 frozen banana or 1/2 c frozen pineapple
1/4 avocado or 2 TBL almond butter
1/2 c ice
1/4-1/2 c milk or water (depending on preference)
optional scoop of protein powder
toppings: chia seeds, ground flax seed, unsweetened coconut flakes, goji berries, blueberries
Add all ingredients except for milk/water in blender or food processor and blend, add milk/water slowly while pulsing until desired thickness is achieved. Transfer to bowl and add desired toppings.
What kinds of things do you like in your smoothie bowl?
Have a great kickstart to your week!