This recipe is so simple and a great addition to your morning routine. It will help kick-start your day and your nutritional needs. Super simple smoothie mix!
We (The Primal Desire Team) are doing a Whole Life Challenge. It has been 2 weeks, and I have to say the game layout has been fun! I enjoy the team atmosphere of support!
So far into this challenge, I have lost 7 lbs and an inch off my waist, I am pretty excited to see some results. You may be asking why I am telling you this, should you join a Whole Life Challenge? Well… maybe? I'm telling you that this team support system and the multi-task aspect have been working for me so far 2 weeks in. This time.
You may be asking why I am telling you this, should you join a Whole Life Challenge? Well… maybe? I'm telling you that this team support system and the multi-task aspect have been working for me so far 2 weeks in. This time.
I have been fighting with my body forever it seems, but the last 2 years specifically have been extra tough. I have done Paleo challenges, cardio challenges, get plenty of sleep, cut out coffee, black tea, sugar, wheat, dairy. I ate textbook AIP for 4 weeks. I tried giving my body a rest, doing no exercise other than light easy walking.
And every month the scale crept up, my energy diminished. I felt like I was an alien in my body.
What happened to my strong flexible and curvy body? The one that could pull a double shift and then go out dancing? The one that felt sexy and svelte. Where did it go?
Feeling like you aren't comfortable in your body is a real kick in the metaphorical shins. I don't think it matters how your alien body came about (childbirth, injury, hormone imbalance) it is hard on the self-esteem.
For me, being caught in the past brought about depression. My sparkle and light dimmed and I felt like a failure. The negative self-talk was screaming “I let myself go”.
Despite the fact I had been working hard, developing recipes, reading books and articles, getting tests, seeing my naturopath, consulting practitioners and doing everything possible to get this mess I was tangled in fixed. I wasn't very nice to myself, and not always the nicest to be around. The internal negative loop just dug me further into a hole.
I wrote about my life-changing decision a month ago, and it is still something I am trying to grieve and process. I am trying to be gentle with myself. Love my body, and accept it for what it is. Good and bad not being terms, but just different. The Whole Life Challenge has helped me spend some time on self-care and love!
It has been great to have not only Raj but other wonderful friends Kimber, Pam, Aimee, and Paul to reflect with, cook with and support each other on a team. If Paul hosts another team I highly recommend you join us on the next round.
While on The Whole Life Challenge I was looking for a good high protein, sugar-free smoothie mix, and after doing some research this super simple smoothie mix was born. With just 3 powerhouse ingredients. Let me break it down for you:
Collagen: This might be the best part of a cow, collagen powder is a close relative of gelatine, being produced a little differently. Hydrolyzed collagen powder doesn't thicken or clump your smoothie like gelatine, but carries many of the same benefits. It is proven to help appearance and elasticity of skin, helpful for healthy bones and joints, and is easily digested (hurray Amino acids). I have seen claims it may help with balancing and improving hormones and metabolism.
Hemp Seeds: These beauties are high in fiber and GLA (AKA Omega-6). They have been credited for helping: digestion, skin, joints, hair, nails, PMS symptoms, hormone balancing, weight loss, cancer and heart health. They are small but mighty!
Powdered Coconut Milk: not only adds a creamy texture to your smoothie but it carries plenty of added health benefits!
- Coconut milk powder is a rich source of manganese. Helping to maintain blood sugar levels. It also has magnesium that helps alleviate muscle cramping and soreness, It also contains Copper and vitamin C help to maintain the flexibility and elasticity of the skin and blood vessels. Vitamin C helps with healthy immune function as well!
- Coconut Milk Powder is not rich in calcium, but it is rich in phosphorus. Phosphorus is an essential nutrient that the body needs for strengthening bones. It also contains some iron and selenium. Selenium is a powerful antioxidant, helping to reduce inflammation.(And good for my Hashimoto's)
- Coconut milk powder contains fiber helping you feel full for longer! It also has potassium to help lower blood pressure, and zinc to help regulate hormones!
Let Holley's Super Simple Smoothie Mix help you meet your goals!
- 1 1/2 cup collagen powder
- 1 cup Hemp seeds
- 1 1/2 cup Powdered Coconut Milk
Combine all the ingredients in a resealable or mason jar.
Add 2 tbsp to 1 cup of juice, water or almond milk and blend well with a variety of fruits and veggies!