There's NO chance you'll skip coffee in the morning, right? That's how I feel 99.9 percent of my life. But the unexpected 0.1 percent came the other day when I dumped whatever ingredients I had into my blender and hoped for the best.
And the best seemed to happen because, after I drank this smoothie, I felt full (but not bloated) and awake—like, ready to go. It was super weird to me. I didn't even want the coffee I had made, but I poured a cup anyway because I didn't trust myself. What if I got a no-coffee headache later? I didn't want to risk that, so I drank a few sips. But, nah, I just didn't need it. Like I said, weird.
This smoothie is a powerhouse, and one of the reasons I didn't need coffee is because I added more maca than usual (1 tbs instead of my usual 1 tsp), which is an adaptogenic energy booster. Plus, this smoothie is packed with collagen, protein, fruit, aloe water and kale. Lots of kale.
But, back to the collagen. This is THE skin-boosting supplement to add to your life. Collagen is a key protein in your skin, and, as you age, collagen production slows down, taking youthful elasticity and your skin's plump appearance with it. Adding collagen to your diet can help replace the collagen you're lacking to keep your skin from sagging and aging as quickly. This is the collagen I use. (Jennifer Aniston uses it, too, so it must be good.)
This smoothie is also extremely hydrating. Besides the fruit and water in it, I also added aloe water to take the smoothie's skin-beautifying powers up a notch.
Have I convinced you to try it yet?
Let's get to it.
Here's what you need:
- 1 banana
- 1 handful frozen or fresh-cut mango
- 2 handfuls blueberries
- 5 dinosaur kale leaves, shredded (or two handfuls of any kale variety)
- 1.5 cups aloe water
- 1 cup water
- 1 scoop collagen
- 1 scoop plant protein
- 1 heaping tbs maca
Blend it all up, and garnish with shredded coconut.
Feelin' fueled? Let me know in the comments. ;)