The Ultimate Green Smoothie

The Ultimate Green Smoothie

“You can change your life in 90 days.”
Art Williams

Nothing combines so many core element of health into one powerful, macro and micro nutrient dense wallop of wellness power like a green smoothie.

Here are some basic principles of health almost no nutritionist would disagree with, that are covered by starting your day with a green smoothie:

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. 
-The green smoothie we are about to introduce you to is probably the ultimate breakfast. It will give you the right amount of macro nutrients, micro nutrients, antioxidants, and a nice, smooth, sustained energy all the way to lunchtime.

Get 5-9 servings of veggies and fruit per day
-This smoothie contains 10 servings of fruits and vegetables! Talk about getting your day off to a great start!

Balance healthy carbs, protein and fat with each meal
-This smoothie contains:

  • 74 grams of carbs
  • 34 grams of protein
  • 15.3 grams of high quality fat
  • 541 calories

Great abs are created in the kitchen, not the gym.
-There is probably no other meal you can make in your kitchen that is this easy, convenient, and extraordinarily healthy as this smoothie.

Here’s the one minute version of the video:

The bottom line is this. If you will replace whatever you are having for breakfast with this smoothie, 4-7 times per week, you may see more benefits from this one health change than anything else you can do.

So, here’s the recipe:

2 cups of water
1 apple
1 banana
1 large handful of spinach
1 cup frozen berries, preferably triple berry mix
1 serving coconut oil, approximately the size of your thumb I like this one.
1 scoop high quality isolate protein powder, or similar substitution for vegans
2 scoops Liv Fit greens powder, or similar greens powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon

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Throw is in your blender, hit the “smoothie” setting, and BOOM! You just made an unbelievably healthy, body building, disease preventing, energy producing, muscle supporting breakfast that will make you feel terrific for hours.

Again, I challenge you to try this for 90 days. I bet you will never go back. Ignore the nay-sayers. I know there are health experts that disagree with green smoothies for breakfast. They are idiots. Ignore them. But, let’s address some of their concerns:

CONCERN:  It’s better to eat the food than blend it into a smoothie, because it will give a sugar spike.

ANSWER: Well, if you are a diabetic, or have similar health challenges, it is always wise to consult with your health professional before making a drastic change in how you eat. For some, this recipe needs to be modified.

But, rather than “throw out the baby with the bathwater,” tweak the recipe to your own needs rather than not doing it at all. For most people, there is no sugar rush and crash, as the fruit gives quick energy, the veggies a more sustained energy, and the coconut oil gives a nice slow burn, adding up to 3-4 hours of great energy all morning long.

CONCERN: Protein powder isn’t as good a source of protein as meats, eggs and dairy. Well, this is why we specified a high quality protein powder. The fact is, very few people get enough protein in the course of a day, and a high quality protein powder is a reasonable and easy way to get protein first thing in the morning. But if this is a real concern, leave out the protein powder and make yourself a couple of eggs instead, still making the smoothie as your main breakfast, and getting your protein from real food.

But understand that protein powder is highly recommended by some highly respected sources. For further reading see:

6 reasons why you should be using whey protein powder by mens fitness.
http://www.mensfitness.com/nutrition/what-to-eat/6-reasons-you-should-be-using-whey-protein

Web MD, who is quick to slam supplements, approves of whey protein shakes:
http://www.webmd.com/diet/protein-shakes

And according to Women’s Health Mag, women may benefit more from protein powder than men do:
http://www.womenshealthmag.com/food/protein-powder-guide

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