As registered dietitians and personal trainers we feel lucky to work with so many awesome clients. Most want to have some fun and enjoy indulging but also know when it’s time to get back on track and tighten the reigns– and trust us, these twin sisters get it! Yes, it’s not just our clients who at times feel like they need to undo the damage from too much–we, too have times when we just want to undo the damage that we did over the last couple of days from eating too much, drinking too much or just falling off the healthy track…and we’ve got just the morning dazzler to get your mind and body back on the fast track to slim–while losing the bloat and feeling satisfied!
Often we try to get right back on track with our Kale Recharge and Detox Smoothie or our Detoxifying Green Tea Smoothie which both work magic. We also sip our Raspberry Ginger Detox during the day. Or we go for this awesome Blueberry Protein Weight Loss Breakfast Smoothie! Aside from it being the perfect way to reboot the body (see below), this smoothie tastes yummy, so it’s ideal when your mind and taste buds aren’t feeling like they’re ready to dive in to very bland foods that many people believe are the only foods allowed when they’re trying to cleanse the body from the damage of overindulgence. Admittedly, especially when we just get back from a vacay, our minds are still a little in la-la land 😉 and our taste buds want to be tantalized (this healthy, cleansing number does the trick!).
Although your body is equipped to detox and cleanse itself on its own, naturally, certain health-promoting foods and drinks, assist it in its process. And this drink does just that!
This smoothie is a superstar when it comes to weight loss and flushing bloat and toxins from the body! Here’s how it works:
For weight loss:
It’s super-satisfying– with just 224 calories, it will keep you satiated with it’s 20 grams of protein. It will power you through your morning keeping your energy levels stable so you don’t experience an energy crash that would have you craving a quick sugar pick-me-up (this means you won’t find yourself diving into the vending machine mid-morning in search of an energy boost).
More reasons to sip this blue smoothie to assist in weight loss? 😉
The blueberries! Research suggests they actually may assist in weight loss (yippee!) since they contain the phytochemical C3G that may increase production of both adiponectin (which enhances fat metabolism) and leptin (which suppresses appetite). Oh yeah!
For flushing bloat:
Starting the day with this nutrient and water-filled smoothie helps to flush out excess salt and the bloated and puffy feeling that comes with it. The high water in combination with the potassium from the blueberry and lemon flushes bloat by restoring normal fluid balance so you can kiss puffiness goodbye.
The blueberries are loaded with fiber, which helps to flush waste out your colon (goodbye constipation and unsightly gut bulges from it–hello flatter belly. Oh Yeah!)
For mopping up free radicals and toxins that age and damage your body. Here’s why we like to drink this smoothie in the morning:
There’s no better time to flood your body with nutrients that help to rejuvenate your cells and that help your liver to do its’ job of detoxifying invaders (chemicals, smog, toxins, alcohol, etc.) that could harm the body. However, you can drink this babe any time of day and it will still work is magic.
The blueberries flood your body with anti-aging and disease-fighting phytonutrients and anti-inflammatory compounds as well as bloat-fighting potassium and water!
Lemon helps to promote the activity of a liver enzyme that converts harmful, toxic substances to less harsh chemicals (via the liver through a compound called d-limonene.). Lemon, is packed with vitamin C, which is a potent antioxidant which mops up free radicals from environmental toxins, stress, alcohol, fatty foods and other toxins and helps to prevent them from damaging your body.
Blueberry Protein Weight Loss Breakfast Smoothie
Enjoy this sipster for breakfast to take the edge off hunger, prevent overeating, flush bloat and help set your mind & body on the healthy track.
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1/2 tbsp almond butter
1/2 cup unsweetend vanilla almond milk
1 scoop vanilla plant-based protein powder (we use Vega One Plant Power or Amazing Grass)*
1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice (ok, if not fresh)
water to blend
Directions: Blend this all together and drink! Enjoy!
Nutrition Facts: 224 Calories, 4 g fat, 19 g carbs, 4 g fiber, 10 g sugar, 20 g protein
*Note: if you don’t have protein powder, substitute with 6 ounces nonfat Greek yogurt.
Pictured below with 1 teaspoon organic coconut flakes.
- ½ cup frozen blueberries
- ½ tbsp almond butter
- ½ cup unsweetend vanilla almond milk
- 1 scoop vanilla plant-based protein powder (we use Vega One Plant Power or Amazing Grass)*
- ½ teaspoon fresh lemon juice (ok, if not fresh)
- water to blend
- Blend this all together and enjoy!