Is the quick, easy fix worth feeling that icky, disgusting low after crashing from a temporary high?
For most of us, life is hectic and the moments of true calm are rare.
Recently after a week-long span of insane work days and events every night, I could barely move by day seven.
I had to find a way to power-on.
I thought the only things that might help me were serious amounts of coffee, sugar…or drugs.
But I like my pretty face without zits and am not into feeling like a strung-out shell of a person — the inevitable consequences after consuming skin-damaging sugar, acid-in-the-tummy coffee, or shaky-hand-heart-pounding caffeine drinks.
So I came up with a better way that can even give you get awesome looking skin (less wrinkles and zits!), fend off premature aging, and help the body rejuvenate to keep on truckin’ for the long haul!
Allow me to introduce you to….
Kristen’s Power On Smoothie!
It has protein, healthy fats, fiber, and tons of other beneficial nutrients including anti-inflammatories necessary for sustained energy and to help the body (and skin) recover from exhaustion.
Scroll below to see how I break down each ingredient as to why it’s so dang good for you.
Nothing is going to take the place of actual rest, but at least this kick-your-ass-awake smoothie recipe will help fuel you for that last sprint in your life’s marathon — and it tastes pretty delicious too!
You’ve GOT to try it!
“Can’t I just buy one from Jamba Juice and call it good?”
A lot of store bought juices and smoothies have WAY TOO MUCH SUGAR (not to mention weird chemicals) in them. How do they think they keep you addicted?
Read about sugar addiction here. It’s real.
You might think you’re making a healthy choice, you’re making the problem worse.
“But I love coffee and coffee loves me.”
Coffee is very acidic in the stomach, and when you’re stressed your stomach is likely to produce more acid. And since you are running around like crazy, chances are you haven’t been eating properly which makes that acidic, nauseous stomach that much more serious.
I’m not saying coffee is terrible, and I’m not going to rip your cup from that death grip you have going, but it shouldn’t be your only go-to.
Four shots of espresso and gobs of sugar in a froth blend topped with whipped cream is too much!
Don’t tell me you don’t have time to make a smoothie.
Hopping yourself up on caffeine and sugar while stressed is basically asking to get sick with a face of pimples and new wrinkles.
The consequences are what they are:
Awful skin and in bed feeling sick….or take 5 minutes and make a smoothie and avoid all that.
The choice is yours.
Make it already.
Set yourself up for success. First, get the supplies so you have them on-hand, because you aren’t going to make it if you don’t have the stuff!
Just to make your life that much easier, I put links next to each product to buy online. Arent’ I nice?!
Caffeine Free Energy Boost Smoothie Recipe
Blend together the following ingredients in your favorite blender.
(Psst! You don’t need a fancy Vitamix – I used this one from Oster.)
- 1/2 cup Frozen mixed berries
- 4 Ice cubes
- 1 cup Water (adding more as needed)
- 1 cup Unsweetened almond milk
- 1 tsp Chia seeds
- 1/2 Avocado
- 1/2 Banana
- 1 tbsp Coconut Oil
- 1 tbsp Almond butter
- 1 tsp Resveratrol [click to buy]
- 1 tsp Intelligent Nutrients Intellimune Oil [click to buy]
- 2 scoops Manitoba Harvest Hemp Pro 50 Powder [click to buy]
- 1 scoop Vibrant Health Green Vibrance Powder [click to buy]
* I choose to use all organic ingredients when possible and highly suggest you do too
Smoothie Beauty and Body Benefits
Almonds contain essential fatty acids that are important in controlling the amount of oil secreted by the sebaceous glands in the skin. It’s also source of magnesium which helps produce energy and synthesize fatty acids needed for energy storage.
Provide more protein than most fruits, making them a great energy source (since you need carbs, fat, and protein for sustained energy).
Great source of potassium which helps hydrate and moisturize the skin. Check out our article on the health and beauty benefits of bananas here.
They are inherently full of nutrient-rich building blocks such as antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals.
A complete protein rich in fiber, potassium, calcium, iron, phosphorus and manganese.
The medium chain triglycerides in coconut oil have been shown to increase 24 hour energy expenditure by as much as 5%, potentially leading to significant weight loss over the long term.
Naturally-occuring polyphenols antioxidant that is found in some plant products like grapes and cocoa. Compound resveratrol that’s found in red wine provides anti-aging benefits.
Intelligent Nutrients Intellimune Oil
Helps battle oxidative stress and aids in fighting premature aging. Two teaspoons have the antioxidant power of the seeds in 10 pounds of grapes, raspberries or cranberries.
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Research Assistant, Anabel Rios.
P.S. I’m not a doctor, nor is this medical advice. Seriously. Read the disclaimer.