Coffee, energy drinks, sleeping aids… It’s a cycle that a lot of people find themselves falling into, and it’s no wonder. With our go, go, go society, and whole industries that thrive on waking us up and winding us down, finding out natural rhythm can feel difficult at times.
This week, we’ve created a few smoothies that will help you get your day going, and a few that will help you relax — naturally! Ingredients like matcha, cayenne, pea protein, bananas, camu camu, coconut and kiwi are all designed to help your body get back into the swing of things, without any kind of artificial stimulants or chemicals. Mother Nature knows how to take care of us, and these smoothies prove it.
Creamy Matcha Mint
Matcha, which literally translates to “powdered tea,” is different than the bagged tea you usually drink because instead of just steeping the leaves, you’re actually ingesting powder made from the leaves. Thanks to L-Theanine, a naturally occurring amino acid that provides focused energy without jitteriness, matcha is a great alternative to traditional coffee drinks. The refreshing flavor of mint, and the energy-sustaining healthy fat / protein ratio of cashews and avocado, also help to make this smoothie the perfect pick-me-up. And at only 11 grams of sugar per serving, there’ll be no crash later!
Looking for a low-sugar way to feel alert and awake? Cayenne contains capsaicin, which has been shown to reduce inflammation, boost the immune system, and possibly even give the libido a kick. The vitamin C from tomatoes and lime, and hydration from cucumber and celery, is a fantastic combination for your body first thing in the morning. (Your digestion will thank you!) Try replacing your orange juice and coffee combination for this natural version of a V8, and watch your energy stay buoyant all day!
Get-Up-And-Go Green Grapefruit
Vitamin C is a great immune-booster, but it’s also an important element to energy synthesis throughout the body -- which basically means that it helps our bodies convert food into energy. Luckily, this smoothie is full of vitamin C (grapefruit, pineapple and kale). It’s also full of protein, thanks to a scoop of easy-to-digest pea protein, which is essential for prolonged vitality. Because unsaturated fat is the most energy dense of all the macronutrients, the healthy fat in half an avocado and walnuts is also essential to feeling both mentally and physically alert. If you have a long day ahead of you, but still want to fall peacefully asleep at night, try this low sugar, low carb option.
Bursting with antioxidants and more vitamin C per serving than any other food, camu camu is the perfect immune-boosting superfood. With their high fiber and antioxidant count (not to mention their studied connection to improved moods), goji berries aren’t too shabby either. When you combine these two superfoods with potassium and magnesium from banana, vitamin C from a tangerine, and iron and vitamin K from spinach, you have the perfect treat for relaxing after a long day.
Kiwi Coconut Calm
Yes, coconut is full of magnesium, but it’s also rich in B vitamins, which are great for reducing stress and easing blood pressure. Kiwis have a dose of magnesium too, and have a good amount of serotonin per serving, which boosts mood and helps regulate sleep. Another ingredient high in magnesium? Swiss chard, which also packs a punch of both iron and fiber. If you’re looking for a natural way to take the edge off a long day, this is the drink for you.