Good morning Sisters! Happy Saturday, Happy Weekend!! This weekend in America, we are celebrating Memorial Day. Memorial Day is on Monday, and is a day dedicated to remembering those that were lost fighting for our country. Land of the free because of the brave!
Memorial Day weekend is also known as the unofficial start to summer, so a lot of people head to the beach or lake to grill out and soak up the sun. Unfortunately, there is a tropical storm brewing on the east coast, so we may just get soaked! No matter what the weather will be like, I will definitely be having a smoothie! Or five! Ensue Jimmy Buffett “If you like IBS Sister Friendly Smoothies, and getting caught in the rain!” LOL… So yeah, I’ve been totally obsessed with smoothies lately, and I have been experimenting with new ingredients. Some of the ideas I thought of adding myself, and some I have seen at juice bars, or online.
First on the list, is Himalayan pink sea salt! (I hope you enjoy my Snapchat filters, LOL!)
Himalayan pink sea salt is a pure, hand-minded salt that is derived from ancient sea salt deposits, and is believed to be the purest form of salt available. I have always wanted to try it, but it was always a little expensive. Supposedly it was protected from modern day pollution and preserved in an untouched, pristine environment, so no wonder it’s a little pricey! I found the grounded table salt version at a discount store this week, and had to buy it! $2.99! I wanted to use my new purchase so bad, and all I eat these days are smoothies, so I decided to see what it tasted like in my smoothie. All I can say is, YUM! Himalayan sea salt contains 84 trace minerals and elements that are found in the human body. Some of the health benefits include promoting a healthy pH balance within the cells, reduces the signs of aging, increases libido ;), promotes healthy sleeping patterns, prevents muscle cramps (it’s a great post-workout drink alternative to Gatorade: You can thank my husband for this one 🙂 Meathead Lemonade), increases hydration, strengthens bones, lowers blood pressure, improves circulation, detoxifies the body of heavy metals, and the list goes on! You can even bathe in this stuff for a detox bath! As you can SEA (I’m just full of jokes today, ha!), Himalayan pink sea salt should definitely be in your smoothie! A little goes a long way, so I usually use 1/8- 1/4 of a teaspoon in a small smoothie.
Next up, we have LIMES! When life gives you limes, make a smoothie!
I actually learned about this yesterday at a locally owned restaurant where I live called the Healthy Leaf. They had lime on their add-in options, and I was very intrigued! To my surprise, the squeeze of lime was extremely refreshing! I don’t know why I didn’t think of this before! Limes can improve digestion (WINNING), can relief constipation (NEED), help with weight loss (Metabolism NEEDS), etc.!
Next on the list is Quinoa.
Need a little protein in your smoothie but don’t have any vegan protein powder? Try quinoa! Quinoa is like, so last year, LOL… but really, we should be giving it all the love, STILL! It’s so good for you, and so good for an IBS Sister. It’s naturally gluten-free, and is one of the few plant based foods that is considered a complete protein. One cup of quinoa has 6-8 grams of protein! I actually just ran across adding quinoa to your smoothie on the internet, and I think it’s a great idea! If you have a cup of cooked quinoa left over from dinner, throw it in your smoothie the next morning! This is not something I have tried, so let me know what you think!
How could we ever forget Coconut Oil?
HAHA, I hope I didn’t scare you there! But I don’t even have to justify putting coconut oil in my smoothie. Well, because you put that shiz in EVERYTHING! I will just say, if you have anything frozen in your smoothie (ice, frozen fruit, etc.), the cold will make the coconut oil solidify. Usually a few frozen berries won’t make it harden, but just make sure the majority of the mixture isn’t frozen. As an IBS Sister, we shouldn’t be eating/drinking anything SUPER cold anyways. It could shock our tummy & send it into a flare!
While we’re talking about going CO-CO FOR COCONUTS, next up is Shredded Coconut AND Coconut Water!
I had this bag of shredded coconut left over from making the IBS Sister’s Almond Joy Protein Bites, and started throwing a tablespoon in my smoothie! Coconut is really good for the thyroid, so I put it in whatever I can! I’ve also been adding coconut water to smoothies instead of just almond milk. It’s a good way to start the day off really hydrated, and gives the smoothie a sweet taste.
Last but not least, Oatmeal!
I think this is the most common of this list, but thought I would share it just in case no one has tried it in their smoothie before. I usually add gluten-free raw oatmeal to my smoothie, and blend it on up! It gives it a thicker texture that I absolutely love! Come to think of it, I actually have had a little quinoa in my smoothies before! Trader Joe’s has pre-packaged gluten-free oatmeal mixed with quinoa, which makes it super easy to throw in the blender! Oatmeal is also a great source of protein, and will keep you full all morning long!
Just for reference, some of my staple smoothie ingredients (that I believe are more common) are vegan protein powder, chia seeds, unsweetened almond milk, almond butter, banana, blueberries, spinach, kale, etc.)
Smoothie making tip: Sometimes my husband and I wake up at 5 AM to workout, and we want to have our breakfast ready when we wake up on those days to save time. We had tried making the smoothies at night, but they would set and solidify a little in the fridge overnight and taste less than great in the morning. So my husband just read somewhere that you should just prepare the ingredients in the blender the night before unblended, stick it in the fridge, and blend in the morning. DUH! 🙂 So that’s what I did last night since we’re headed to the beach today, bright and early!
And for a throwback, here I am last Memorial Day Weekend! Can’t wait to be on my SUP board today! Praying it doesn’t rain, and praying my flare up goes down so I can wear this bikini again, LOL!
Have a safe and happy Memorial Day Weekend, Sisters!