For at least 7 years, I have started my day with a smoothie and I love it! Smoothies are a great way to widen the variety of foods you eat and to add what are called “functional foods” or nutrients to your diet. Plus they taste great and are easy and quick to make! Get creative about adding foods with high nutritional content to start your day right. Also a great way to sneak more nutritious foods to kids!
Over time, the ingredients have evolved to what is currently my “go-to” recipe. I follow my personalized SWAMI GenoType plan based on the work of Peter D’Adamo, which categorizes foods as superfood (including a subset of “diamond” superfoods), neutral, or avoid for you based on what is the best fuel for your body. All the ingredients in my smoothie are neutrals, superfoods, or diamond superfoods for me.
Kate’s Favourite Smoothie
(Made in a 2 cup container)
1 heaping Tbsp ground flax (yay for extra fibre!)
1 heaping Tbsp lecithin (emulsifier, supports healthy cell membranes, and lots of other healthy functions)
1/2 large leaf of swiss chard (diamond superfood and a great way to add more veggies to your diet – drink them!), torn into pieces.
1/2 avocado (healthy fats) – optional
1/4 cup each of frozen mango, blueberries, and raspberries (beta carotene and antioxidants)
A few splashes of juice
Fill the rest of the cup with filtered water
I let this all sit for about 10-15 minutes to soften up and then I blend it up using a hand blender. I drink 1 cup in the morning as part of my breakfast (which includes lots of other food since breakfast is the most important meal of the day) and the other cup before dinner.