Are you a "rise and shine, it's coffee time" kind of person? Studies have shown that how you start your day not only sets your mood and energy levels for the day, but it can also help your metabolism, immunity and overall health!
We asked plant-based super star Mandy Gill
And here they are.
(Did we mention she makes a mean smoothie bowl?)
The Smoothie Routine
A few ways to get into the "Smoothie Routine" are:
Make your own smoothie bags: This preparation takes half an hour to prepare one week's worth of delicious smoothies! Grab some leafy greens (like spinach or kale), your favorite summer fruits, and healthy fats (such as hemp hearts or avocado) and throw them all in a freezer bag for later. In the morning, pull them out and blend!
Add your favourite flavour of Ener-C: Want to decrease your smoothie's sugar content? Or disguise the taste of kale in your smoothie? Each packet of Ener-C is filled with A, C, E & B vitamins, electrolytes, and minerals. Also, they will give your smoothie a yummy real fruit flavor.
- Find yourself a perfect on-the-go smoothie cup: Large mason jars are our favorite because they are re-usable.
Protein: Grab your favorite protein powder! Plant-based proteins are more easily available ranging from pea protein, hemp protein, brown rice and even pumpkin! Choice a protein that best suits your needs and make sure to add in enough to keep you feeling full, energized and to increase lean muscle mass in your body!
- Toppings: Hemp hearts, flax seeds, cacao nibs, fresh fruit or your favorite nuts - a great source of healthy fats and added flavor! Don't forget shredded coconut if you are a tropical fan!