You know that feeling when you arrive at a resort and you’re ready to press reset? When the stress starts to melt away and you notice you’ve got your glow back. This smoothie is all about hitting the reset button for your body and brain. I formulated this Thrive Smoothie as a ‘sans-fruit’ (fruit-free) smoothie with all of the beautifying benefits that green phytonutrients give us to get the glow! As with all of my thrive smoothies this one too will help to balance out your blood sugar, increase your insulin sensitivity, regulate your hunger hormones and feed your good gut buddies in your microbiota. I have especially made sure you’re getting all of the skin-glow benefits by adding in plant-based sources of omega-3 fatty acids alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), vitamin C and loads of leafy greens.
I have added chlorella (algae) for its assistance in the removal of toxins in the body. Another addition I like to add is broccoli sprouts, which we grow at home for sulforaphane, which helps to increase glutathione (anti-inflammatory) in the body and also activates Nrf2, our master detoxification pathway. These are optional, so please don’t feel like you have to have them to reap the skin-beautifying benefits of all of the other ingredients. You can always try and add these things later on down the road.
The magic trick here is to make sure that you have a great protein powder you love. I prefer Primal Kitchen Collagen Fuel in vanilla coconut. If you are plant-based you can opt for a simple pea-protein or a vanilla flavored plant blend of proteins (just a few, you do not need a myriad of ingredients for your body to make amino acids from.) No need protein powders with probiotics and greens powder either, as the fiber in this smoothie will be the fertilizer and fuel for your good-gut bacteria. The sweeteners I recommend in protein powders are stevia and/ or monk fruit (lo han guo). Read your ingredient labels so that you don’t pick up one with sugar hidden inside. This will add just enough sweetness for your smoothie.
Looking for other varieties that are Thrive Smoothie approved? I have 7 VERY different and absolutely delicious Thrive Smoothies that have been formulated using the science to help balance your blood sugar, increase insulin sensitivity, regulate your hunger hormone, feed your good gut-buddies in your microbiota, curb sugary cravings and keep you feeling full for hours. Here are the 7: Thrive Smoothie OG, , Berry-Basil Thrive Smoothie, Masala-Chai Thrive Smoothie (fruit-free), Choc-PB-Nana Thrive Smoothie, Mocha-Mousse Thrive Smoothie, Matcha-Mint Thrive Smoothie (fruit-free) and this one! Don’t forget to tag me if you make this recipe on my Instagram at @thrivewithpriscilla – I love seeing your creations! Happy thriving.