So, funny story. I actually got the idea from my dad.
For those of you who don’t know, my dad used to never cook. And I’m talking, he wouldn’t even PREPARE food- we have had heated arguments about how easy it is to put together a salad (just throw veggies into a friggin’ bowl) and it ended with my dad agreeing to buy salads from Chick Fil A.
But, a few months ago, he started reading this book that changed his entire view on eating. Suddenly, he would call me and say “Kaylie- did you know that plums help strengthen your immune system?!” Or “Kaylie- have you ever had an acai bowl?” (um, duh dad. Do you even know me?)
But, the thing he was MOST passionate about?
The diet he did for 30 days called for a smoothie for breakfast every morning. This smoothie seriously changed my dad’s life. Now, instead of a breakfast sandwich from Carl’s Jr., he was blending together 6-8 servings of fruits and veggies with healthy fats, an egg, and nuts.
So this was around the time the Kevin and I were getting married. We came home a week before the wedding to finalize all the ish that needed to get done- decorations, paying vendors, Kevin buying shoes, all that jazz. Needless to say I was stressed and forgetting to eat.
That week, without fail, my dad would make me a smoothie every morning. He was like the smoothie fairy, bringing me a cup full of nutrients each day. He knew I needed it, even if I was too distracted to realize it myself.
I remember one time, when we were kids, my sister lost a tooth. She put the tooth under her pillow and “the tooth fairy” straight forgot to switch it out with a dollar. So, that morning, my dad put a towel on his head and pretended to be the tooth fairy and gave my sister a dollar.
This was kind of like that, except with smoothies.
When we got back from our honeymoon- we had a Vitamix waiting for us!!! My dream come true, seriously. I have wanted this friggin micro blender for about 5 years, but could never muster up the $$$ to make it happen. Life tip- If you want a Vitamix, get married and someone will get you one as a gift.
I decided to start making smoothies for Kevin and I each day- Kevin wanted more veggies and I just love making things in our Vitamix. This has become a thing over the last month, and I don’t think I’ll ever go a day without it. So what do I add to this marvelous drink?
(I’m going to be straight up honest with you and tell you that I don’t think about how each of the ingredients I use will work together. I just think- tomatoes= healthy, going in the drink. They all taste like sweet fruit to me, so there you go)
- Veggies: cucumbers, celery, kale/spinach, tomatoes, cauliflower
- Fruit: either bananas, grapes, strawberries, blueberries, mangos, or pineapple
- Eggs: usually ½ cup of egg whites AND 1 whole organic egg
- Fat: Olive or Flax Oil
- Liquids: Almond milk, orange juice, or acai juice
- Nuts/Seeds: Typically, chia or flax seeds
How much of everything?
- 5 cups of veggies
- 2 cups of fruit
- ½ cup of egg whites
- 1 egg
- 1 tablesppon of fat
- 1 cup of liquid
- 1 tablespoon of nuts/ seeds
I usually have this for breakfast, when I don’t have time to make anything more- like eggs, my most favorite thing in the world. If not, I’ll sip on it while I work as a snack/lunch/thing- doesn’t really mater, just as long as I drink 1 per day.
We work really early (as in, we are up by 5:15am every morning) so I make them the night before. I know this isn’t ideal, but it’s what we have to do to make it work.
A smoothie a day has really changed the game for me. I have more energy, am regular (ie poop- yep, I went there), sleep better, and don’t get sugar cravings throughout the day. I think everyone needs more nutrients in their diet, but the problem is- who has the time to eat all this stuff? It’s SO much easier to just chug a smoothie everyday and know that you’re getting some really awesome, crucial things into your body.
I hope this helps!
Peace out dudes,