Updated: Jan 7
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Coconut Water (approximately 1 cup) - For many people, an alternative milk such as almond milk is a popular base choice, but I opt for coconut water. I choose coconut water for a few reasons. First, it has zero fat compared to almond milk, and too much fat can be hard on the liver, especially early in the morning. While you can use filtered water, I love the taste coconut water adds.
Organic Plant Protein (1 scoop) Whey protein is a byproduct of dairy and is often contaminated with MSG. I reach for sunwarrior protein powder to make my smoothie which is an organic plant-based protein made from peas, hempseed, and goji berries and contains 27 grams of protein. Click the link to purchase.
Another great plant-based option with great ingredients is NUFYX Pea Protein Powder. It's made with clean, minimal ingredients and you can get 15% off your first order with code 'JACEY'.
Acai Powder (1 Tablespoon) Acai is a delicious addition, with benefits like antioxidants and omega's, but also a supportive food for your 6th energy center - the third eye, which governs your intuition. I opt for the powder by Navitas organics because it's completely sugar-free.
Organic Banana (1) Bananas contain vitamins B6 and C. They are also a great electrolyte food. Adding frozen banana makes the smoothie extra thick.
PRO TIP: Buy your bananas in bulk and freeze them in a Ziploc bag once they are spotted, which means they are perfectly ripe and nutritious. Eating unripe bananas can cause constipation and bloating. Just slice them before adding to the blender.
Frozen Wild Blueberries I don't measure these; I just add in an abundance of them because they help remove toxic heavy metals from the brain and liver. Don't worry if they aren't organic because 'wild' is actually a step above organic, and although they are smaller than regular blueberries, they are packed with antioxidants and benefits. Learn more about this powerful superfood here.
Organic Spinach or Curly Kale (1-2 Handfuls) Spinach is highly alkalizing and full of iron. It also contains vitamin C, K, and folic acid. But since this is an (almost) everyday smoothie, I try to rotate the greens so my body doesn't get too much of one thing. Curly kale has a more distinct flavor than spinach (spinach has virtually zero taste in a smoothie), but it's got tons of vitamins like A, C, E, K, B-complex. It also contains minerals such as iron, magnesium, copper, and potassium.
Medical Medium notes that kale is an anti-cancer powerhouse. It contains phytochemicals such as glucosinolates that help protect the body from breast, colon, prostate, ovarian, and bladder cancer. These glucosinolates are also known to detox the body on a genetic level and can literally transform your body and health. Medical Medium notes that kale also contains an organic sulfur which has potent antibiotic, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory properties that work to boost the immune system and provide significant benefits for chronic inflammation and oxidative stress.
Cilantro or Parsley Whenever I have an extra bunch of cilantro or parsley on hand for something, I'll add a small bunch of these herbs to my smoothie (stem on) for extra benefits. Cilantro helps detox heavy metals from the body, and parsley is highly alkalizing due to its mineral salts, among many other benefits it provides. When picking parsley, I prefer the Italian (flat leaf) style.
Read more about the amazing power of cilantro & parsley via the links below:
Life Changing Foods by Anthony William.
Vimergy Liquid Zinc I add liquid zinc by vimergy for immunity. But it's also beneficial for hair, skin, and nails. Many people are deficient in essential trace minerals like zinc and magnesium, so I add it to my daily smoothie. I choose Vimergy because it's a high-quality supplement brand made without citric acid or alcohol.
Supplements to Avoid for Healing Chronic Illness by Medical Medium