We may be halfway through the summer, but wedding season is still in full swing! Whether a bride, a groom, or a guest, we all want to look and feel our greatest on the big day. If feeling good inside and out is the goal, it only makes sense to indulge in foods that offer beauty benefits that have a profound effect on our skin, nails, and hair. Bridal Nutritionist Kara Stout specializes in recipes that make you feel even more beautiful than you already are. Whether it’s for the big day or a special event, her Something Blue Smoothie is something for everyone to sip-up before you or your loved one walk down the aisle!
This delicious wedding-inspired smoothie is a nutrition-packed breakfast that is low in sugar, high in protein, and a great source of healthy fats and fiber. We can also sneak in some leafy greens that provide vitamins A, C, E and K, folic acid, chlorophyll, calcium, potassium, magnesium, and more.
An added bonus: The blueberries contribute to glowing, youthful skin because of the abundance of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals — and the Vitamin C found in blueberries can help with the maintenance and synthesis of collagen. A popular buzzword for good reason, collagen is included in the smoothie as well. Collagen is an abundant protein found in our bodies. However, as we age, our collagen production naturally begins to decrease. On top of that, an unhealthy diet, such as one too high in sugar, or an unhealthy lifestyle, can also lead to a decrease in collagen, which is SO not ideal. Adding collagen peptides into this recipe gives you a head start on your path to healthier hair, skin, and nails.
The Something Blue Smoothie will also boost energy, kickstart your immune system, improve digestion, and contribute to healthy weight loss. What are you waiting for? Get this in your blender now!
• 1½ cups unsweetened almond milk
• 1 handful baby spinach
• 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
• 1 scoop/packet of collagen peptides or 1 scoop good-quality vanilla protein powder
• 2 tbsp almond butter (no sugar added)
• 1 tbsp flaxseed
• 1 tbsp chia seed
• 1 tsp cinnamon
Optional: If you need it a little sweeter, add a small drop of liquid stevia or add in a little more of the frozen blueberries.
All you need to do now is blend all ingredients together in a blender, and you’ve got a “Something Blue Smoothie!”
Follow Kara Stout for more great nutrition advice and inspiration @nutritionbykara.
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