There are times in the morning when I'm not so hungry. But I know that come 10am, I will be starving if I don't have a little something first thing (and coffee doesn't count!) A smoothie is perfect and I came across on in Brendan Brazier's Thrive Foods book a few weeks back.
Brendan is a former professional triathlete and ultra marathoner, who is completely fueled by plant-based food sources. The book explains nutritionally dense foods and why they are important to our health. For example, Essential Fatty Acids (EFA), such as Omega 3 and Omega 6 (nuts, fish, seeds) are better for our bodies than other fats (saturated, trans fats). EFA's are a healthy fat that will help our bodies to better burn fat as fuel, where as saturated fats will simply add pounds to our frame. Some of the ingredients are from a specialty grocery store, such as Whole Foods, but I've put suggestions for supplementation if you don't have them readily available.
This yummy smoothie is perfect for a post-workout boost, because of the ginger which helps our bodies to fight inflammation. I store the second serving in a mason jar and enjoy the next day, or later that afternoon as a snack.
- 1 banana
- 1/2 pear
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup sunflower hempseed milk (You can use almond milk)
- 1 tbsp ground flaxseed (a great source of Omega 3 & 6)
- 1 tbsp hemp protein powder (pea protein could work)
- 1 tbsp peeled, grated ginger
In a blender, combine all ingredients and blend until smooth and Enjoy!