(This post was originally published in November, 2018. Please also be aware that we receive affiliate compensation through some of the links below.)
To be honest, my nails have never been stronger, my skin is looking healthier and I have a bit more pep in my step. Recently I was wondering what might be contributing to these fabulous results and I realized... it's my breakfast smoothie!
In general, breakfasts are hard for me. No gluten, dairy, sugar and eggs cause my options to be limited. (I can have some eggs in things- but eating them scrambled or fried seems to throw my system off). As I continue to heal my Crohn's disease with food, I also continue to learn what foods sit well with me and what causes me to go in tailspin.
So... when we go on trips and stay in hotels, I tend to splurge and know that I have limits, or eat oatmeal. (While buckwheat and amaranth are also options- I'm still growing to like them.) Recently, in Costa Rica, I might have indulged in a few croissants with chocolate. Wow, they were so yummy.
Over the past two weeks I've been in three countries, and stayed in two lovely hotels. And now that I am home... I am getting back on track... smoothie style.
I LOVE this smoothie. Like, I get excited to have it everyday. It fuels me, fulfills me and is easy to have when corralling twin boys for school on jet lagged mornings. AND, it's refined sugar free, dairy free (gluten free, toxic ingredient free...) and fairly low on the glycemic index.
And, like I said above, the ingredients are causing me to look and feel amazing!
Below, I am sharing with you the secret ingredients (one in particular has pretty amazing benefits)... and I am linking some of the best ingredients for your to order ASAP! (By the way, I do receive a bit of a compensation if you purchase any of these items through these links).
Katherine's Very Berry Smoothie
1 cup of Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
1/4 cup of Blueberries
1/4 cup of Raspberries
1/2 cup of Strawberries (6 or so Strawberries)
6 drops of Stevia Extract: https://amzn.to/2qIuvOC
1 TBSP of Almond Butter: https://amzn.to/2DDrIia
2 Scoops of Vital Proteins Collagen (this is the actual secret ingredient*): https://amzn.to/2DCc5aV
1 TSP of Cinnamon (or less if you like it less cinnamon tasting)
1 cup of Ice
Blend all of the ingredients on high (or on the smoothie function on your blender... my favorite blender is this one... and after the last one caught on fire, this one is pretty fabulous): https://amzn.to/2B3Ezrx
Grab your favorite fancy glass and enjoy every sip!
* Let's talk about the benefits of collagen for a minute. Collagen is a pretty amazing super protein that when we are young our bodies tend to hold onto quite easily. As we age, we obtain less and less by what we eat and it's helpful to supplement more into our diets. (Oh, and by the way, I'm not a doctor, and this in no way medical advice. So please chat with yours if you are worried about ingesting collagen.) Collagen can ease joint pain, increase skin elasticity, build muscle, reduce fat, reduce cellulite and even improve gut health.
Sign me up, right?
I've found that in this particular smoothie you aren't able to taste the collagen. Which doesn't taste bad at all, but it's nice to not have to worry about it!
So, go and enjoy this smoothie, the benefits of collagen and the fact that it literally has no sugar in it (besides from fresh fruit) and start your day on such an amazing note!
Until next time, be well and do fabulous things.
Art therapist Katherine Phifer is an empowerment + relationship coach who helps people find, create and maintain happy lives and loves. Katherine is also the founder and creator of the platform and podcast The Happy Love Project. You can find out more about Katherine and her offerings by visiting www.katherinephifer.com or by following her on Facebook or Instagram @katherinephifer.