I’ve been getting in the habit of a morning smoothie ever since I bought a Blendtec blender.
I had a Ninja before, which is MUCH more affordable, but does a terrible job of chopping up greens like kale and spinach. I got my Ninja at Costco for under $200, and it also came with a few travel cups and a mini-blender, which I still use if I travel.
But for daily smoothies, I needed something better.
I did a lot of research, watched tons of Youtube videos, and landed on the Blendtec.
The Blendtec is a bit of an investment, but for me, it’s 100% worth the money.
What sold me, personally, were all the “raw” recipes you can make with it (raw soups that actually heat up while being blended… such an easy meal). There’s also a “whole juice” function, which is convenient for me because I LOVE juicing… but my juicer has like 6 parts to clean. It’s a pain. My Blendtec also came with a “Twister Jar,” which is meant for blending thicker foods like nut butters, hummus, pesto, baby food, etc. THAT was the final straw for me.
The difference between the Ninja and Blendtec is ASTOUNDING. I throw a lot of veggies and sometimes nuts in my smoothies, and with the Ninja, the smoothie would end up being chunky.
Blendtec smoothies are SO smooth… almost like juice. Everything gets chopped and blended evenly.
I also use it as a food processor.
Feel free to do your own research and choose what works for you. The Ninja was great for me when I was on a budget and wanted to still make daily smoothies. With the Blendtec, I actually LOOK FORWARD to making them and drinking them, because it’s so easy and and blends perfectly.
Oh, and the Blendtec is self-cleaning, too. You can click on any of the photos below to shop prices and read about the blenders.
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From left to right: Blendtec, Vitamix, Ninja, and the Omega juicer I use (and love).
I want to talk about something kind of gross before I give you this smoothie recipe, so skip down to the recipe if you don’t want to read this. (Insert monkey covering eyes emoji here)
The reason why I’ve been blending and juicing so much lately is because it’s just an easy way to get nutrients in my diet. I’m working on gut healing with a doctor right now, and drinking blended foods makes it easier on my stomach (it’s almost as if the food is “pre-digested”… your digestive system doesn’t have to work as hard to break it down).
Today, I’m starting a parasite protocol which has me terrified and also a little excited.
It’s perfect timing, too, because there’s a free online Parasite Summit starting on September 11, and I’m looking forward to learning from tons of experts on the subject.
There will be 5-7 hour-long videos per day to watch, for free. If you’re busy or want to take your time learning the information, you can also purchase the whole summit right now for $59. That’s what I did. I’ve listened to free summits before and I get really stressed out wanting to learn everything and not having the time in the day to do it.
According to these doctors and health experts, if you have a pulse, you have parasites. You might not be feeling any symptoms from them right now, OR they might be contributing to your chronic health issues, bloating, digestion problems, liver pain, and a host of other symptoms.
Especially for me, since I’ve traveled a lot. Eating food and water where you’re not sure of the quality is a great way to pick up parasites. I just learned that you can even get some just by breathing them in… or eating at the salad bar. Who hasn’t done that?!
If you’re not sure if you have parasites or not, at The Parasite Summit, the experts will help you determine if they are silently impacting your health–they’re FAR MORE COMMON than you think!
They’re not just found in third-world countries; millions are already infected in industrialized countries.
Fortunately, with awareness and appropriate care, parasites can be prevented and treated, once detected.
If you’re struggling with any of the following, you MUST attend this event:
-Gastrointestinal: pain/cramps, excess gas, bloating, constipation/diarrhea
-Infertility and hormone disorders
-Skin issues: acne, itching, rashes
-Mental health: depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, etc.
-Challenges with autoimmune disease recovery
The Parasite Summit is online and free from September 11-18, 2017!
You just have to sign up and watch the videos as they become available…and only the ones that are interesting to you.
If you do register, I welcome you to come join my private Facebook group, Self-Care, Supplements, and Shavasana… we can discuss what we’re learning together in a “closed” environment.
So anyway, now that all that gross stuff is out of the way, let’s talk again about smoothies.
If you look at all the ingredients in this smoothie, there’s NO WAY I would be able to get all that healthy food in my body just eating it raw or cooked for breakfast.
I love how smoothies are quick and easy, and also packed with nutrition.
I also wanted to introduce you to this amazing online health store, Perfect Supplements.
I’ve heard about them often from other health and wellness blogger, but I’ve recently been shopping there for all my smoothie needs. They carry their own brand (Perfect Supplements), along with some other really well-known, high-quality brands, like Garden of Life, Ancient Minerals, Gaia Herbs, Dr. Mercola, and others.
All super clean, lots of organic and grass-fed stuff. It’s a good one-stop shop for health foods, supplements, and smoothie supplies. (:
Typically for my smoothies, I just throw together greens, lemon, celery, cucumber, and ginger. Some days, I get in the mood where I need something a little sweeter, and that’s when I break out the raw cacao.
Raw cacao is basically less-processed and unsweetened chocolate. It’s pretty bitter on its own, but still gives that chocolate taste to smoothies and desserts.
And I love using collagen, because it promotes really healthy skin, hair, nails, and joints. It’s got similar benefits as bone broth. I like Perfect Supplements brand collagen, because it’s 100% grass-fed and pasture-raised. Right now, there’s a Buy 3, get 25% deal, so check out their other awesome products. I use the Desiccated Beef Liver for B12 and iron, and am planning to buy the spirulina, which binds to toxins and heavy metals and escorts them safely out of the body.
Chia has wonderful antioxidants, protein, and fiber.
When I’m craving something sweet, I’ll make this Berry Mint Chocolate smoothie.
Check it out! And hopefully see you at the Parasite Summit! (: