Thrive Smoothie OG

My Thrive smoothie OG (original) is a build-your-own Thrive Smoothie. It was something I developed for myself initially as a Mum on the go with a jam-packed schedule (sound familiar?) Managing time between building my business, clients, studies and kids I needed a ton of nutrition that was quick and easy with minimal mess. This was the most nutrient-dense efficient way to power up my brain and body that was super delicious plus it offered portability. YES, please!

Not only did my Thrive smoothie that I had scientifically formulated fuel me, but it also satiated me for hours and curbed my cravings for fast releasing processed sugary carbohydrates! This was REVOLUTIONARY! I could easily move to my next meal without snacking, I had more energy than ever before, clarity of mind and felt amazing knowing I was giving my brain and body what it needed to T.H.R.I.V.E. These days, family (my kids included), friends, and clients who rely on their daily Thrive Smoothie anecdotally report a reduction in inflammation curbed cravings, mentally sharper, calmer, better sleep and they make better food choices. My Thrive Smoothie is very different from other smoothies out there that often spike blood sugar and leave us feeling hungry not long after. Instead, I use mostly whole foods with my 5 to thrive which is rooted-in-science in the correct ratios: Protein, healthy fat, fiber, dark leafy greens, and colored cellular carbohydrates.

Thrive smooth ingredients

The scientific formulation I have used to create my Thrive Smoothie using the 5 to Thrive will help you to increase your insulin sensitivity, balance blood sugar, regulate hunger hormones, feed your good-gut-buddies in your microbiota and help them to proliferate. It also helps boost your immune system and mood via the gut-brain axis and reduces inflammation in the body by feeding your cells what they need in order to function optimally. It is the easiest most delicious and portable no-fuss way to get the 5 to thrive into your day. It also aids in reducing inflammation in the body. It’s the most delicious and portable no-fuss way to get the most nutrition into your day.

I recommend having this as one of your meals each day. I prefer to have mine for breakfast with my coffee and sometimes (on Sundays) I will kick it down the day and have it for lunch. When having it as your first meal of the day you are really setting yourself up for optimal blood sugar balance, which helps you to feel balanced and satiated to get to your next 5 to thrive meal. This smoothie has changed my life, my family, friends and clients – I hope it will for you too.

Always looking for the 5 to thrive either on my plate, or in my smoothie!

PLEASE read all of my tips for making this BEFORE you go ahead and buy your ingredients to whiz your one up! Keep the categories and measurements the same, but feel free to change up the ingredients. I like to keep it simple or use some of my ‘optional add-ins’ below for some fun. Still hungry? Add an extra tablespoon of fiber and read my notes below. Whether you are vegan, raw vegan, vegetarian, paleo, keto, pegan, ancestral, omnivore, nut-free, dairy-free, sugar-free, or whichever way of eating you prescribe to, this smoothie is for EVERYONE!

Looking for other varieties that are Thrive Smoothie approved? I now have 10 VERY different and absolutely delicious Thrive Smoothies! Each of them has 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 10: Resort-Refresh Thrive Smoothie (fruit-free), Berry-Basil Thrive Smoothie, Masala-Chai Thrive Smoothie (fruit-free), Mocha-Mousse Thrive Smoothie, Choc-PB-Nana Thrive Smoothie, Matcha-Mint Thrive Smoothie, (fruit-free) Golden-Creamsicle Thrive Smoothie, Piña Colada Thrive Smoothie, Snickerdoodle-Holiday 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.

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Thrive Smoothie OG

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Recipe by Priscilla Soligo Course: Bread, Smoothies & Mylks, Snacks
Servings

1

servings
Prep time

5

minutes
Cooking time

5

minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 Cups Dark leafy greens

  • Cups Liquid: Unsweetened plant or seed milk, coconut milk, or water

  • ½ Cup Coloured Cellular Carbs (or less): Fruit, fresh or frozen, or opt for no fruit at all

  • 20g Protein powder (20g is not the weighted measurement it is the amount of protein)

  • 2 Tbsps Fibers to choose from: Chia (thicker smoothie), or ground flax, or acacia (thinner smoothie & most gentle), or psyllium husk or powder (no more than 1 Tbsp, as it’s super thick – mix with 1 Tbsp of another fiber here), or use a combination. Start with 2 Tbsps and if you’re still hungry add an extra Tbsp next time. Drink plenty of water when increasing fiber intake and go slow.

  • 1-2 Tbsps Healthy plant fat: Nut or seed butter, or avocado, or coconut butter, MCT oil, etc (see notes below)

  • Optional ½ Cup Ice

Directions

  • In a high-speed blender, add in all liquids.
  • Add in all remaining ingredients.
  • Blend until creamy smooth and well integrated. Pour, drink and enjoy!

Notes

  • Storage: Smoothies are best consumed immediately after blending to prevent oxidation and for best taste, nutrient density and flavour. I recommend having your ingredients prepped ahead of time and quickly blending before you head out the door if you are taking this on your way to work, or out with you. Thrive smoothies are potable too!
  • PLEASE READ: All of my TIPS below for OG thrive smoothie success! Make this smoothie nut free, sugar-free, keto, paleo, vegan, or whichever eating style you prefer! It’s super flexible. Switch out the ingredients for variety, BUT the categories need to remain the same as I have scientifically formulated this smoothie to do the things I have mentioned above and below that it will do. I hope this is the beginning of a new super healthy-habit you form on the daily, as I have for many years now.
  • Dark leafy greens: Anything green that you can wrap around your finger. Rotate (or use a combination of) spinach, kale (always remove stems), herbs such as basil, cilantro, and/ or parsley, and carrot tops. The darker the better, as the leaves contain sulfoquinovose or (SQ) for short, which is a sulfur sugar molecule found in dark leafy greens that help to feed your good gut buddies in your microbiota. Kale contains sulforaphane which is a compound that helps to activate our Nrf2 detoxification and anti-aging pathway. Dark leafy greens reduce inflammation, improve heart health and are full of folate for DNA and RNA synthesis, amino acid production and cell division. They are also abundant in minerals iron, magnesium, and calcium.
  • Liquid: Mylk from plant based sources, not dairy, which can cause inflammation. Any unsweetened nut, or seed, coconut mylk, or even water works! I have a recipe for my Unsweetened Activated Almond Mylk, or if you prefer to buy store bought opt for unsweetened with minimal clean ingredients.
  • Colored cellular carbohydrates: If you bloat, have an autoimmune disease, or any metabolic diseases, overgrowth of Candida/ yeast infections or have insulin resistance, etc I suggest leaving all fruits out until healed. For the rest of us, keep fruits to ½ Cup max, or less, or have a fruit-free smoothie. Berries are best for keeping blood sugar stable, but you know your own body.
  • Protein: You need to find a protein powder that you enjoy and that feels right in your body. This component of the smoothie makes or breaks your smoothie (so too does your blender.) This might take some experimenting. I love Primal Kitchen’s Collagen Fuel in Vanilla Coconut flavor. If you prefer a plant-based protein powder opt for minimal ingredients (our body can make amino acids from complete and incomplete ‘complimentary’ sources). A plant-based blend of not too many ingredients, or a pea, or hemp (stronger tasting) protein are all good options. Sweetener in your protein powder can be stevia or lo han guo (monk fruit,) or a combination of. Protein helps to boost Peptide YY (PYY) levels, which has been shown to reduce appetite and hence aid in weight loss. Protein also helps to reduce Neuropeptide Y (NPY) which makes us crave fast-release carbohydrates.
  • Healthy Plant Fat: Raw nut butter, or seed butter, or coconut butter, or MCT oil, or avocado (I freeze mine in chopped up cubes to use in smoothies – ado also contains fiber too, bonus!) Healthy fats help to satiate us and raise cholecystokinin (CCK) so that we feel calm and satiated. Healthy dietary fats are not the cause for weight gain, as we have been led to believe. A diet high in fast-release carbohydrates leads to high tryglycerides (converted in the liver), insulin resistance and hence weight gain.
  • Fiber: Fibers to choose from: Chia (thicker smoothie), or ground flax, or acacia (thinner smoothie & most gentle), or psyllium husk or powder (no more than 1 Tbsp, as it’s super thick – mix with 1 Tbsp of another fiber here), or use a combination. Start with 2 Tbsps and if you’re still hungry add an extra Tbsp next time. Drink plenty of water when increasing fiber intake and go slow. Grind your own flax to a powder in your blender from whole flax seeds, as this prevents rancidity of plant-based omega 3 alpha-linolenic (ALA.) If you are new to adding additional fiber acacia fiber is the easiest fiber to digest and next would be psyllium husk followed by ground flax and chia. I love mixing chia with acacia, or 1 Tbsp psyllium with ground flax. Keep it to just 1 Tbsp psyllium husk unless you prefer your smoothie pudding thick and get your other Tbsp from one of the other fibres! Rotate, combine, or whatever you prefer so long as you are getting 2 Tbsps. With all the greens (and if you add avocado which contains fat and fiber) you will find you will easily hit 15g of fiber in my smoothie – I want you to try and get 30g per day. Fiber is the sweeper that helps to remove toxins in the body and it also adds weight in your stomach for your stretch receptors to tell your brain you are full. Fiber is important in feeding our good gut buddies in our microbiota and slowing the release of glucose from the carbohydrates you consume into the blood stream. Go slow when introducing fiber and slowly build. Ensure you are drinking plenty of water.
  • Optional add-ins: I LOVE adding in some of my homegrown broccoli sprouts, which contain 100x more sulforaphane than broccoli and if you freeze them it increases their potency again. Sulforaphane activated our Nrf2 detoxification pathway. I only include a small amount 12g, as the taste is strong if you over do it. I also like to add in from time to time: Hemp seeds, maca, cacao powder, or matcha (green tea) powder. Herbal extracts such as chaga, ashwaganda, holy basil or rhodiola, extracts, etc. Ground cinnamon is great too, as this spice helps to balance blood sugar. For the holidays, try pumpkin spice – it’s delicious!
  • Not feeling full for hours after consuming my Thrive Smoothie? No problem! Simply increase the fiber in your smoothie by 1 Tbsp in addition to my formula above (so, 3 Tbsps total.) This will help to put more weight in your stomach to activate your stretch receptors to tell your brain you are full and satiated. Make sure you are drinking plenty of water during your day to account for your increased fibre intake. If at any time you feel constipated please reduce this amount and re-introduce in increments over time slowly.
  • Storage: With smoothies fresh is ALWAYS best! However, some of us have to head to work early in the morning, so here’s my hack for that: Prep all ingredients for your thrive smoothie the night before with pantry stable items on your kitchen bench and your greens, liquid, etc in the fridge. When you get up in the morning toss it all into the blender, blend, place into a sealed container to drink out of and go. Store it in the fridge when you get to work until ready to be consumed. It won’t last more than a day due to the oxidation of the greens, so consuming it for your first meal of the day is always best.

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Nutrition Facts

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  • Amount Per ServingCalories300
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    * The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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