Starting day at 4 am is not an easy task for many. For years, I was a late morning person making fun of those getting up at 4 am…”oh at this time I turn to the left side of my bed lol”. But getting up earlier gives a lot of time to do task you most likely won’t be able to get done later in a day!
In order for me to get me going so early, have an amazing ME-time in the morning, time for workout and positive affirmations before starting my actual work, I get my coffee (with no whip cream… sorry grrr) and some kind of smoothie!
Today I wanna share with you two options which blew my mind once I discovered them (by mixing up few things for few mornings LOL), and gave me a great boost into a day full of activities and responsibilities!
Coconut Protein Coffee Booster
1 scoop of vanilla protein powder (or unflavored)
1 tbsp coconut oil
1 cup of black coffee
½ cup of coconut milk
NUTRITION FACTS: Calories: 248; Fat: 16g; Carbs: 3g; Fiber: 1g; Sugar: 1g; Protein: 25g
First, pour a half a cup or one cup of boiled warm (NOT HOT) water to dissolve protein powder. Add coconut oil and pour freshly brewed coffee. Mix well to dissolve coconut oil (in cold temperatures coconut oil solidifies). Add milk and mix again.
Coconut oil has a lot of important health benefits. It was shown to be very anti-inflammatory, boosting your body’s energy. It improves endurance as well as muscle building and losing body fat. It improves memory and brain function. It helps with digestion. It prevents osteoporosis, reduces the outcomes of arthritis. It is amazing for your skin and hair. Together with caffeine in your coffee will boost your energy, increase your metabolism and stimulate the processes of body fat loss.
Spartan Kiwi Blueberry Protein Smoothie
1 oz of raw kale (1 medium leaf)
2.5 oz blueberries (1/3 cup)
1 cup of cashew milk
1 scoop of vanilla protein powder
Water (if needed)
NUTRITION FACTS: Calories: 247; Fat: 6g; Carbs: 24g; Fiber: 5g; Sugar: 14g; Protein: 28g; Cholesterol 58mg; Potassium: 450mg; Sodium: 222mg
Kale is a cruciferous vegetable (Brassica oleracea), and is related to broccoli, Brussels sprouts, bok choy, and cauliflower. It contains many of the health benefits typically found in this group of super foods.
Always wash your kale as it is consistently ranked as a food that is known to be pesticide heavy. For this reason, buy organic when you can.
Is kale good for you? Let’s see; inside this low-calorie green you will find more vitamin C than in an orange and more calcium per gram than milk. Kale consists of a load of alpha-linoleic acid (ALA), an omega-3 fatty acid that is linked to brain function. It is rich in a compound called sulforaphane (particularly when chopped or minced), which has potent anti-cancer properties.
Kiwifruit is native to north-central and eastern China. A medium size kiwifruit provides 1 g protein, 11 g carbohydrates, and 2.6 g dietary fiber (found partly in the edible skin) while only containing 46 calories.
Kiwi helps your digestion with enzymes called actinidain, a protein-dissolving enzyme that can help digest a meal much like the papain in papaya or bromelain in pineapple. It also helps manage blood pressure because it is high in potassium which helps keep our electrolytes in balance by counteracting the effects of sodium.
Kiwi boost your immunity because it consists of high level of vitamin C content along with other antioxidant compounds has been proven to boost the immune system.
It supports also weight loss. Kiwi’s low glycemic index and high fiber content means it will not create a strong insulin rush like other fruit with high sugar contents—so the body will not respond by storing fat.
Kiwis are a great source of fiber. This prevents constipation and other intestinal problems. The fuzzy fiber of kiwi helps bind and move toxins from your intestinal tract.
Blueberries are among the most nutrient dense berries. A 1 cup serving (148 grams) of blueberries contains of 4 grams of fiber, 24% of vitamin C, 36% of vitamin k and 25% of manganese (of the RDA).
They also contain small amounts of various other nutrients.
They are about 85% water, and an entire cup contains only 84 calories, with 15 grams of carbohydrates. Calorie for calorie, this makes them an excellent source of several important nutrients. Blueberries are believed to contain the highest antioxidant capacity of ALL commonly consumed fruits and vegetables.
Blueberries protect cholesterol in the blood from becoming damaged. They may lower blood pressure. Anthocyanins in blueberries can have anti-diabetic effects. Blueberries may also help reduce muscle damage after strenuous exercise.
As you can see, ingesting that load of great food, nutrients and energy boosters in the morning will really have a great impact on your energy level throughout the rest of the day!
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