Before my keto days, I used to have a superfood-loaded smoothie almost every day for breakfast. (Banana, vanilla, cinnamon is a dream combination!) Since developing PCOS, I dropped the banana, but I’m now looking into different ingredients to return to my beloved smoothie habit. It’s summertime and fresh, organic blueberries are looking delicious, so this morning I enjoyed a (keto, vegan, superfood, energizing, hormone-balancing) blueberry vanilla smoothie! For your information, I’ve included a brief description of why I included each ingredient in the following recipe.
Why almond milk?
Dairy consumption exacerbates hormonal imbalances and autoimmune conditions. Personally, I feel much better without consuming dairy and my PCOS symptoms seem to improve as well.
Blueberries are low-glycemic (which is great news for insulin resistance/blood sugar-related conditions like PCOS) and contain a plethora of vitamins and powerful antioxidants. Of course, they are delicious too!
Why RAW organic protein powder?
No, Garden of Life is not paying me to say this! I just prefer this kind because it’s soy-free, dairy-free, vegan, raw, and easily adaptable to my smoothie flavor blends.
Why matcha powder?
I avoid coffee because of its high acidity. On the other hand, matcha, a powdered form of green tea, contains caffeine, plus polyphenols, catechins (powerful cancer-fighting antioxidants), and L-theanine, an amino acid that promotes relaxation and counterbalances the caffeine stimulation. Numerous studies have documented green tea’s health benefits, such as weight loss and the reduction of heart disease risk.
Why Billy’s Infinity Greens?
No, Billy is not paying me to say this either! I’ve always been a proponent of adding superfoods to my smoothies, and over time, I can say that it makes a big difference. Billy’s Infinity Greens is a high quality, organic, raw blend of foods that promote healthy responses throughout all the systems of the body. Click here for more information about Billy’s Infinity Greens.
Why coconut oil?
If you’re eating a ketogenic diet, then you probably already know that you’re running on fat for energy! Coconut oil is a healthy fat that contains medium-chain-triglycerides (easily utilized for energy) and has also been associated with weight loss.
Maca is a root vegetable grown in the Andes, which helps support hormone balance and energy.
Without further ado, here is this morning’s blueberry vanilla smoothie recipe!
Keto, Vegan, Superfood, Energizing, Hormone-Balancing Smoothie!
▪ 1.5 cups unsweetened almond milk
▪ 2 oz (20 or so) organic blueberries
▪ 1 scoop RAW organic protein powder
▪ 1 tbsp matcha powder
▪ 2 tsp Billy’s Infinity Greens
▪ 2 tsp organic coconut oil
▪ 1 tsp maca
▪ .5 tsp vanilla extract
▪ stevia, to taste (optional)
Total fat: 17 g
Total carbs:23 g
Fiber: 10 g
Net carbs: 13 g
Protein: 32 g