Smoothies are a great way to start the day and are an easy option for busy, on-the-go folks who don’t have a lot of extra time in the morning. Whether you are getting your kids off to school or have decided to hit the snooze button one more time, a good quality shake is a great way to start your day.

Protein Powder

High quality protein is one of the most important nutrients to consume throughout the day. Adding a high-quality protein powder that is derived from real food is a great start to your morning or post-workout.

Tip: My favorite recipe is 1 scoop protein powder,  ½ a frozen banana, 1 tbsp. organic peanut butter, and 1 tsp. raw cacao powder.

Chia Seeds

Chia seeds have become a hot topic over the last few years. They are the perfect food for thickening a smoothie and  are a great source of protein. The seeds contain trace minerals that you don’t always find in other food sources and contain a whopping dose of essential fatty acids.

Tip: You should opt for organic chia seeds, since certain pesticides can build up in a plant’s seeds. Not only can you add them to a smoothie but they are a great substitute for eggs in baking  if you are on an egg-free or vegan diet.

Hemp Seeds

Hemp contains all of the amino acids to form complete protein, making it an excellent protein source for  vegetarian and vegans.  The seeds are a great source of essential fatty acids and can be added to smoothies, salads, or eaten raw.

We have sample packets of these at our office if you would like to try some!

Tip: Add hemp seeds or hemp protein powder to coconut milk with frozen strawberries and blueberries.

Goji Berries

A great source of antioxidants, goji berries also contain 18 amino acids. They are know for their immune-boosting and vision-protecting properties. They also promote healthy kidneys and liver.

Tip: Blend some goji berries with seltzer for a cool refreshing alternative to juice or soda.

Avocados

Avocados are rich in antioxidants that could help protect your brain from degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s  Disease. Also high in folate they help protect your heart and guard against stroke. They even contain plant-based proteins.

Tip: Adding ¼ to ½ avocado to your smoothie will make it extra creamy. Try adding it some along with 1/8 cup raw coconut flakes, coconut milk, ½ frozen banana, and your favorite protein source. Yum!!

Kale

One of my favorite foods on the planet is also a powerhouse in the veggie department. Kale is rich in iron, calcium, and vitamin C to name a few. Did you know that per calorie, kale has MORE calcium than milk?

Tip: Because kale can be on the bitter side, it’s a great idea to pair it with fruits that will counter that. Try adding some kale with an appl