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AMY’S BLOG: This Smoothie Has Changed My Life!

I recently switched up my smoothie game…and it’s been a game changer! You maybe have noticed the girl crush I have on celeb nutritionist Kelly LeVeque lately and it’s because I think she’s genius when it comes to giving our bodies what they need to feel full + strong all day long!

If you haven’t checked out her book BODY LOVE you totally should. However, I totally get it if you don’t want to spend money on a book just yet…not even knowing if you like her ways! If that’s you…then just stalk her online like I did before I became a fan! Google “Kelly LeVeque” and “Be Well By Kelly” and see what you can find…there’s blogs, articles and even podcasts she’s been on…all FREE info on the world wide web!!! After you soak up all of that…if you’re like me…you’ll be like: OK FINE I NEED THE BOOK. :)

An easy place to start with Kelly’s plan is her smoothies…which she calls the Fab 4 Smoothie. This is the smoothie that has changed my life. I’m cool + calm + collected after I drink it. I’m not hungry. I feel full. My body feels nourished. My brain function is better. Like I said…it’s been a game changer for me! Kelly says you need these 4 things to satisfy hunger and keep you full for 4-6 hours: protein + fat + fiber + greens. So that’s what is in my smoothie every morning. Below I have some of Kelly’s favorite smoothies to make. You’ll notice options like “1-2 tbsps of nut butter” (which is the fat part of the smoothie) and I want you to NOT be scared of fat. I personally have to go FULL FAT (so both tbsp of nut butter) and FULL FIBER (so both tbsp of chia seeds) to keep myself full until lunch – 5 hours later! This is not a “calorie counting” smoothie…meaning don’t focus on that…I’m never a fan of counting calories…just eating real foods (but that’s another blog post in itself). My point is…don’t be scared of going all out with this smoothie…giving my body the fat and calories it NEEDS has been good for me! Play around what works for you though…because you may only need 1 tbsp of nut butter!! I hope this isn’t confusing.

OK. Here’s some of Kelly’s favorite recipes and what I’ve been drinking up every morning. ENJOY! Oh and real quick…because I know people will ask…I continue the “Fab 4” model with lunch and dinner too…but its food on a plate…not mixed in a blender…details here: FAB FOUR.

Spa Smoothie: 

1 serving vanilla protein powder (20-30g)

2 tbsp chia seeds

squeeze of lemon juice

handful of spinach

1 small Persian cucumber (optional) 

1/4 cup mint leaves (optional) 

1/4 avocado 

2 c unsweetened almond milk 

Chocolate Almond Butter Smoothie: 

1 serving chocolate protein (20-30g) 1-2 tbsp almond butter 2 tbsp chia seeds

2 cups unsweetened almond milk 

spinach (handful - optional) 

Vanilla Spice Anti-inflammatory Smoothie:

1 serving of vanilla protein 

1 tsp cinnamon 

1/2 tsp nutmeg 

1/2 tsp clove 

1/2 tsp turmeric 

1-2 tbsp nut butter OR 1 tbsp MCT oil

2 tbsp chia 

2 cups unsweetened almond milk 

spinach (handful - optional)  

Blueberry Muffin: (if you are having fruit)

1 serving vanilla protein (20-30g)

1-2 tbsp almond butter 

1-2 tbsp chia seeds

2 cups unsweetened almond milk 

spinach (handful - optional) 

1/4 cup blueberries