BREAKFAST/ SMOOTHIES & MYLKS/ SNACKS

THRIVE Smoothie

 

My Thrive smoothie is something I developed for myself initially as a Mum on the go with a jam-packed schedule (sound familiar?) I needed to get in loads of nutrition in a delicious and portable way and I wanted to feel satiated for hours after, so I wasn’t thinking about food. I also wanted to be able to make better food choices when it came to my next meal and not feel ‘hangry,’ which is a real word now!

Since then, my family, friends, and clients all rely on their Thrive Smoothie and tell me that they can’t live without it now! Here’s what many of them tell me (not limited to) after they have tried my smoothie for two weeks: Much more energy, more mentally sharp and calm, decreased inflammation, better sleep, more optimistic and more inclined to choose healthier foods at their next meal. This is VERY different from most smoothies out there that often spike blood sugar and leave us feeling hungry not long after.

 

 

I have specifically formulated my Thrive Smoothie using the science to balance your blood sugar, increase insulin sensitivity and manage and calm your hunger hormones, which have you craving fast-release carbohydrates and keep you hungry. Also, the Thrive Smoothie will feed your good gut buddies in your microbiota so that they can proliferate and in turn boost your immune system and mood via the gut-brain axis. It also aids in reducing inflammation in the body. It’s the most delicious and portable no-fuss way to get the most nutrition into your day.

I recommend having this for your breakfast and feel free to enjoy your coffee or tea with it too! Please have a read of my tips below before you make your Thrive Smoothie.

 

 

I recommend having this for your breakfast and feel free to enjoy your coffee or tea with it too! Please have a read of my tips below before you make your Thrive Smoothie.

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THRIVE Smoothie


  • Author: Priscilla
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Total Time: 5 min
  • Yield: 1
  • Category: Smoothies

Ingredients

  • 2 Cups+ Leafy Greens – Unlimited
  • 1½ Cups Unsweetened Plant Mylk
  • ¼ – ½ Cup Fruits max (fresh or frozen), or less, or no fruit
  • 20g Protein Powder
  • 1 Tbsp Ground Flax
  • 1 Tbsp Chia Seeds
  • 1 – 2 Tbsps Healthy Plant Fat
  • Optional: ½ Cup Ice

Instructions

  1. In a high-speed blender, blend all ingredients until creamy smooth – without over blending! Pour, drink and enjoy!

PLEASE READ All of my TIPS below for THRIVE smoothie success! Make this smoothie nut free, sugar-free, keto, paleo, vegan, etc. Switch out the ingredients for variety, BUT the categories need to remain the same in keeping with my Thrive formula:

Notes

Green Leaves:

Anything green that you can wrap around your finger. Rotate (or use a combination of) spinach, kale (always remove stems), herbs such as basil, cilantro, and/ or parsley, and carrot tops. The darker the better, as the leaves contain sulfoquinovose or (SQ) for short, which is a sulfur sugar molecule found in dark leafy greens that help to feed your good gut buddies in your microbiota. Kale contains sulforaphane which is a compound that helps to activate our Nrf2 detoxification and anti-aging pathway. Dark leafy greens reduce inflammation, improve heart health and are full of folate for DNA and RNA synthesis, amino acid production and cell division. They are also abundant in minerals iron, magnesium, and calcium.

Plant Mylk: 

Mylk from plants, not dairy. Any unsweetened nut, or seed, or coconut mylk! I have a recipe for my Unsweetened Activated Almond Mylk, or if you prefer to buy store bought opt for unsweetened with minimal clean ingredients.

Fruits:

If you bloat, have an autoimmune disease, or any metabolic diseases, overgrowth of Candida/ yeast infections or have insulin resistance, etc I suggest leaving all fruits out until healed. For the rest of us, keep fruits to ¼ – ½ Cup max, or none. Berries are best for keeping blood sugar stable, but you know your own body. I prefer no fruit in my Thrive Smoothie. If I do have some fruit I keep it to this amount per day to enjoy with my Coconut Yoghurt. I don’t recommend consuming fruit at night.

Protein: 

You need to find a protein powder that you enjoy and that feels right in your body. This component of the smoothie makes or breaks your smoothie (so too does the blender.) This might take some experimenting. I love Primal Kitchen’s Collagen Fuel in Vanilla Coconut flavor. If you prefer a plant-based protein powder opt for minimal ingredients (our body can make amino acids from complete and incomplete ‘complimentary’ sources). Pea, hemp and pumpkin seed protein all offer complete plant-based sources. Sweetener in your protein powder can be stevia or lo han guo (monk fruit.) Protein helps to shut down approx. 4 hunger hormones in your body to include neuropeptide Y (NPY) which has us craving fast-release carbohydrates.

Healthy Plant Fat: 

Raw nut butter, or seed butter, or coconut butter, or MCT oil, or avocado (I freeze mine in chopped up cubes to use in smoothies – ado also contains fiber too, bonus!) Healthy fats help to satiate us and raise cholecystokinin (CCK) so that we feel calm.

Fiber: 

Choose chia and ground flax (try and grind your own from whole flax seeds, as this prevents rancidity.) You can also try acacia fiber too. Fiber is the sweeper that helps to remove toxins in the body and it also adds weight in your stomach for your stretch receptors to tell your brain you are full. Fiber is important in feeding our good gut buddies in our microbiota.

Optional add-ins:

I LOVE adding in some of my homegrown broccoli sprouts, which contain 100x more sulforaphane than broccoli and if you freeze them it increases their potency again. Sulforaphane activated our Nrf2 detoxification pathway. I only include a small amount 12g, as the taste is strong if you over do it. I also like to add in from time to time: Hemp seeds, maca, cacao powder, or matcha (green tea) powder. Herbal extracts such as chaga, ashwaganda, holy basil or rhodiola, extracts, etc. Ground cinnamon is great too, as this spice helps to balance blood sugar. For the holidays, try pumpkin spice – it’s delicious!

Not feeling full for hours after consuming my Thrive Smoothie?

No problem! You need to increase the fiber in your smoothie by 1 Tbsp in addition to my formula above. This will help to put more weight in your stomach to activate your stretch receptors to tell your brain you are full and satiated. Make sure you are drinking plenty of water during your day to account for your increased fibre intake.

Storage: With smoothies fresh is ALWAYS best! Short on time? Prep ingredients the night before – blend it the day of you drinking it for the most nutrition and the best taste! x

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