The definition of vitality is literally “The state of being strong and active.” And while exercise and a healthy amount of sleep every night play a part in vitality, one of the best ways to feel strong and healthy is to eat whole foods that nurture your body from the inside out.
This week, we’ve filled our boxes with ingredients that not only promote energy, but help you sustain it for hours. Ingredients that help you feel satisfied, focused, and happy to tackle everything on your to-do list.
Apple Pineapple Express
Native to Mexico and Guatemala, and chia seeds are believed to have been used by the Mayans, Aztecs and Incas to increase stamina and ward off hunger. Rich in fiber, protein, healthy fatty acids and antioxidants, chia seeds also contain a healthy serving of calcium and iron. When you combine these powerhouse seeds with vitamins K and C from kale, more healthy fiber from an apple, and even more vitamin C and antioxidants from pineapple and mint, you get a low calorie, high fiber breakfast that will keep you going all day long!
Golden Goji Energy
Reportedly used in Chinese medicine starting as early as 200 B.C, goji berries contain iron, fiber, protein, antioxidants and essential amino acids. In addition to being a powerful superfruit for energy, goji berries have also been studied for their ability to help ward off blood sugar spikes. Another superfood that helps increase verve and vigor, camu camu has more vitamin C per serving than almost any other food on the planet. Blend in some cashews for healthy fat and protein, and a banana, orange and spinach for some sweetness and additional complexion-loving vitamins, and you’ve got a meal replacement that shows both your skin and your immune system some love.
Related to turnips and radishes, maca root has been studied for its ability to not only increase energy and stamina, but also possibly help regulate hormones. Cacao powder (which is chocolate in its rawest form), has been shown to help amp up serotonin and endorphins, and contains fiber, iron and lots of antioxidants. Low in calories, fat, and sugar, this smoothie will have you feeling bright and bushy-tailed all day long.
Kiwi Rose Petal
You can’t have an energized week without a little relaxation! If you’re looking for a smoothie that tastes exactly like a tropical vacation feels, this is the one for you. Dried rose buds provide a light, delicate taste that combines perfectly with potassium, copper and fiber-filled kiwi. Pears also have a delicate taste, but pack a punch of fiber, and swiss chard blends seamlessly into smoothies while providing tons of vitamin A, K and C. Calm your nerves, reset, and take a deep breath with this low-calorie breakfast.
A mini vacation in a glass, this low sugar smoothie starts with zucchini as a base, which is a great source of vitamins C and A, as well as magnesium. When you combine zucchini’s light flavor with blueberries (fiber, potassium, folate), a plum (vitamin C), basil (vitamin K and manganese) and flaxseed (healthy Omega-3s), you get a creamy, low fat breakfast that will help you feel grounded, balanced and satisfied for hours.