This vegan energy boosting smoothie is packed with nutrients and antioxidants that will give you long-lasting fuel to naturally carry you throughout your day. Sometimes I like to play this little game with myself called how many ingredients can I cram into one smoothie without breaking my blender. This round I thankfully won. Kara: 1 Blender: 0. I wanted to create a smoothie that was antioxidant packed but also would fuel me with natural, long-lasting energy. I have a whole chapter dedicated to energy in my upcoming e-book, Nourish Your Namaste: How Nutrition and Yoga Can Support Digestion, Immunity, Energy and Relaxation, because we’re currently in an energy crisis. Everywhere I look people are EXHAUSTED, downing shots of espresso and gulping cans of Red Bull, just to make it through the day. This exhaustion probably has something (or everything!) to do with the fact that anytime I ask someone how they are, they’re default answer is “I’m so busy.” I’m guilty of this default answer myself. But it’s true. We all feel really busy. Because we’re working longer hours than ever before, working more days than ever before and work and home life has never been more blurred with the use of smart phones to connect us 24/7.
This is why it’s crucial to make sure that despite feeling busy, we make time to nourish our bodies with energizing foods that will fuel us through our jam-packed days. Otherwise, we’ll crash and get hangry and reach for a quick-fix of caffeine. But caffeine only lasts for a short period of time, until we crash and crash hard. Wouldn’t it feel so much nicer to have a natural dose of energy throughout the day rather than these highs and lows?The foods that provide us with the most energy are the ones that have a balance of all three essential nutrients – protein, (complex) carbohydrates and fat. Because we need all three nutrients to make our bodies run efficiently. Otherwise, we’ll just putter out, like a car with no fuel in the tank.
The ingredients in this smoothie are a good source of all three nutrients and some are a good source of iron, which has been shown to impact energy levels. Other ingredients are hydrating, containing a good amount of water content and dehydration has also been shown to cause fatigue.
This smoothie is totally creamy and luscious too, thanks to the avocado and silken tofu. Sip on this smoothie in the morning to jumpstart your day or mid-afternoon to combat the afternoon slump and trip to the coffee pot.
- 1 cup frozen wild blueberries
- 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
- ½ banana, frozen
- ½ cup (packed) baby spinach
- ½ avocado
- 1/3 cup silken tofu (about 1/5 of 16 ounce block)
- ¼ cup raw walnuts
- 1 teaspoon hemp seeds
- 1-2 Medjool dates (pitted), depending on desired level of sweetness
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- Blend all ingredients until smooth and creamy.
Tell me, what are your go-to energy-boosting foods?
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