Aren’t you tired of crashing before noon and needing a coffee refill multiple times throughout the day?
Believe it or not, the more coffee you consume on a daily basis, the more dependent your body becomes on that caffeine-fix.
Trust me. I’ve been through caffeine withdrawal and it is not pretty. Headaches. On top of headaches. Anger. Fatigue. I thought I’d never make it through.
And this was just from a month of drinking coffee consistently every morning.
But then I discovered the power of smoothies and how they could not only help me feel confident in how I started my morning but they also gave me a longer-lasting energy throughout the day.
Foods like cacao, Goji berries, hemp seed, and blueberries make me feel alive. Coffee just makes me feel like my eyes won’t stop moving unless I go to sleep.
I know how hard it is to take a break from coffee, but it is so worth it. Eating fresh, raw ingredients immediately gives you a boost of energy and makes you feel clean throughout your body.
Here, I have put together some of my favorite smoothie recipes that give me that good ol’ energy that lasts longer than the 45 minutes I get from coffee.
NOTE: For all recipes, combine ingredients using a high speed blender. Be careful not to over-blend ingredients and if using frozen fruits/veggies, thawing may be necessary.
Green Clarity Smoothie
Packed with leafy greens that will clean you out, blueberries for extra energy, and ginger for an extra zing!
1/4 cup dandelion greens
1/2 cup spinach
1/2 cup kale
1/2 cup blueberry
1 tbsp maple syrup (optional)
1 tbsp ginger
Berries Berries Berries
Antioxidant rich and naturally tangy, berries are a great way to start your day.
1 cup blueberries
1/4 cup goji berries
1/2 cup strawberries
1/2 cup raspberries (or kiwi)
1 tspn ginger
Papaya All Through Me Smoothie
This simple smoothie will give you that push you need for consistent bowel movements while also providing antioxidants and anti-cancer properties.
1 1/2 cup papaya
1 cup coconut water
1 tbsp chia seeds
Kick Ass Cacao Smoothie
If you want a real bang of energy, then skip the chocolate and use raw cacao bits. Rich in antioxidants, zinc, magnesium, dietary fiber and other nutrients, this superfood will give your body a natural boost that feels - and almost tastes - like coffee.
1/4 cup raw cacao bits
1 cup almond milk
4 baby bananas
1 tbsp almond butter
1 tsp cinnamon
Spinach Me Green Smoothie
Another leafy green smoothie that with the avocado, makes a creamy breakfast.
3 baby bananas
1 cup kale
1/2 cup almond milk
1 tsp cinnamon
Feelin' Smooth Strawberry Coconut Smoothie
This one is all about the coconut milk. A fourth cup of coconut milk contains 27 percent of your recommended daily intake of manganese, which controls your blood sugar and boosts your metabolism. Not only will you feel balanced energetically, but you'll burn fat throughout the day.
1/2 cup coconut milk
1 cup strawberries
1 palm of cacao bits
2 baby bananas
1 tbsp cinnamon
Sometimes energy is more or less a state of mind. Eating foods that are high in sugar, salt, or fat overwork the body and prevent it from using its energy efficiently. However, a diet rich in whole, raw foods pushes the body to rid itself of toxins and run more smoothly.
Ease off the caffeine slowly by replacing your coffee with a smoothie at least once a week. Your body will tell you what is best for you.
Which of these recipes is your favorite? Share in the comments!
Ariel is a writer, lover, and certified personal trainer. With a passion for helping others improve their quality of life, she uses her knowledge and writing to connect with other women (and men) looking to change their lives. If you're in need of inspiration on love, strength, or confidence, check out her blog, The Freewoman Diaries or her YouTube Channel here. For personal training inquiries or life advice, send her an email: freewomandiaries AT gmail DOT com.