Might sound strange to post a recipe for a smoothie in the winter, but I’ve been eating this smoothie as my post-workout meal for years and it never steers me wrong.
Sidenote: my acupuncturist has explicitly told me not to eat cold foods, but just call me a rebel.
I’m on the “wrong side of 30”, as my mother calls it. So, what’s a girl with diminishing collagen reserves to do? All the pros say that we should be eating our collagen. So, let’s do just that.
The beauty here is that I can add anything that my body is craving at that point in time. I really like to stick to seed cycling, so with my blueberry smoothies, I add in whatever seeds I wish to eat according to my menstrual cycle.
Most smoothies call for some kind of plant milk to mix it with. While I love some almond milk, I find most brands to have additives, so I stay away. Instead, I add in 1 tablespoon of nut butter (which has only one ingredient – the nut) and 1 cup of water. In general, a quick cheater’s way of making homemade nut milk is blending together the nut butter and water together so it emulsifies into a “milk.”
- 1 to 2 cups frozen organic wild blueberries. The perfect brain food!
- ½ tablespoon chia seeds
- ½ tablespoon hemp hearts
- 1 tablespoon flaxseeds
- 1 teaspoon maca powder
- 1 tablespoon sunflower seeds if in Luteal Phase
- 1 tablespoon pumpkin seeds if in Follicular Phase
- 1 scoop collagen protein powder – I love Vital Proteins Marine Collagen
- 1 tablespoon almond butter OR 1 tablespoon tahini if in Luteal Phase
- Greens of choice – spinach, kale, etc.
- 1 cup filtered water to blend it all together
- Put all desired ingredients into blender, and blend away! Enjoy immediately.