This is for those mornings when you need a quick way to fuel your body, because you don’t have a lot of time to spare (for me this is pretty much every morning). Rather than making an excuse about why it’s okay to skip breakfast (if you have energy issues, it’s not a good idea) or settling for something processed or packed with sugar, this delicious superfood smoothie is an alternative that you can actually get excited about.
I hope you love it! Keep reading (below the recipe) for why the ingredients in this smoothie are perfect for supporting your energy and how to avoid big blood sugar fluctuations (which can make you feel like crap).Print
Skipping Breakfast, Low Energy and Blood Sugar Gone Wild
With 4 young kids to parent, mornings in my house are very full. We’re doing breakfast, getting kids dressed, making and packing up lunches and then cleaning up after it’s all done. There’s a lot going on. And as a mom, I can often justify skipping right through breakfast to get a head start on other household tasks.
But back when I was chronically tired (I had stage 3 adrenal fatigue), I always ended up regretting that I had skipped breakfast because right around mid to late morning my energy was in the tank.
Which is why I want to alert you to something: If you are routinely struggling with low energy or you have adrenal fatigue, skipping breakfast is going to make your energy issues worse.
This is because your blood sugar has a very important relationship to your energy and people with adrenal fatigue and energy issues can be ultra sensitive to blood sugar fluctuations. When your blood sugar is too low (or crashes) you can feel exhausted and drained. On the flip side, if your blood sugar peaks too quickly (this can happen from eating too much sugar), you can also experience crashes that can leave you feeling sluggish.
Over time, this really wears on the body. It’s like driving a car and slamming on the gas and then once the car is at a high speed you slam on the brakes. This would do a lot of damage to a car – even over a short period of time – and it’s no different with your body.
To keep your energy levels up and to avoid feeling like you need a nap in the middle of every day, you want to keep your blood sugar relatively stable, avoiding sharp peaks and valleys.
You can do this by filling your plate with nutrient dense foods and plenty of healthy fats, fiber and protein. Eating every 3 to 4 hours is another good strategy to sidestep those crashes.
This superfood smoothie recipe is awesome for improving energy or if you need an adrenal fatigue diet breakfast. Here’s why: it has healthy fiber, healthy fat and lots of nutrients.
Avocados are one of my favorite foods and I love to use them in smoothies. They help to slow the absorption of sugar into the body, keeping blood sugar stable. Low energy (and especially adrenal fatigue) is often a by-product of disrupted hormones. An avocado is a good source of healthy fat and fiber which is helpful for hormone support. And I LOVE the creamy texture that it brings to a smoothie.
- Nut & Seed Butter
I love nut butters because they are a source of healthy fat and protein all in one bite. They also add a nutty flavor to smoothies which I enjoy. There are different options to choose from, so feel free to experiment with what you like best. Peanut butter, cashew butter, hazelnut butter, pecan butter, sunflower seed butter and coconut butter are a few that come to mind.
I’m adding this to the smoothie for a boost of energy and a good dose of vitamins in the whole food form of organic greens. This blend also has tons of antioxidants which support energy, decelerate aging and protect against oxidative stress and free radical damage – SO important for looking and feeling young. Adaptogenic mushrooms help the body manage stress.
You can easily sub the frozen mango for any kind of fruit that you prefer. Organic frozen berries are another tasty option that I use as well. Overall this is a healthy greens powder smoothie that avoids that nasty “earthy greens powder” taste while supporting your energy and immune system.