Smoothie Recipes to Treat Fatigue, Naturally

Smoothie recipes for health, wellness, stress, adrenal, fatigue

Smoothie recipes

As spring arrives, and warmer weather is on the horizon, it just seems natural that it’s also smoothie season. Smoothies are a delicious treat but can also be good for you, too. Healthy smoothie recipes are easy to find and create, making it easy and yummy to drink your nutrition.

Whether you are looking for healthy breakfast smoothies to help get your nutrients, or even help when it comes to fighting fatigue, you can’t go wrong with a delicious blend of fruits, veggies, and vitamins. Smoothies are the perfect quick-fix for a rushed morning or a fantastic midday snack. Your whole family can enjoy these nutrient-packed treats, and reap the health benefits as well.

If you are looking for ways to naturally heal and treat your body, you’ll love the care you receive at Balanced Care. At Balanced Care, we look at each of our patients individually, getting to know them and addressing their health concerns. We try to always take the most natural approach to health and wellness, and look at the body holistically.

When it comes to fatigue, we can help you address the causes, and find natural solutions to help you battle. We are available to develop a treatment plan that works for you and offer solutions that are effective and healthy.

Smoothies can tackle some of your health concerns. Life today can be hectic and fast-paced. Because of the chaos of life, sometimes we experience fatigue. Fortunately, there are natural ways to fight fatigue. Why not do so with a delicious and healthy meal option?

What is Fatigue?

Many people think that fatigue is the same as being sleepy or tired. It is not. Fatigue is an overall lack of energy and a deep tiredness. It is more intense than the feeling of “sleepy” that we feel. Fatigue is not just being tired but also comes with a lack of energy and motivation.

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Not getting enough sleep can affect your well-being in many ways. From irritability to downright fatigue, lack of sleep can take a toll. Sometimes mental stress can cause fatigue, other times, physical activity brings it on. A reduction in energy, mental clarity, and even sore and weak muscles are all symptoms of fatigue.

Whether your exhaustion has emotional roots, or physical, fighting fatigue can be a challenge. By taking actions to feel better, you can improve how you feel and recover from fatigue. Drinking lots of water, getting exercise and fresh air, and trying to regulate your body’s internal clock are some ways you can get a handle on exhaustion. Another effective way to fight fatigue is through nutrition.

Foods that Decrease Fatigue

Foods to decrease fatigue

You’ve heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Well, when it comes to fighting fatigue, that’s true. Other than a healthy breakfast smoothie, some excellent foods can decrease fatigue.

Fruits and vegetables are perfect for fighting fatigue. Fresh and natural, these nutrient-filled foods will help you feel energized and alert. Bananas specifically can provide the potassium, fiber, and correct amount of carbs to give you a natural energy boost.

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Lean proteins like fish and poultry can offer the protein you need to stay healthy and the energy you need. Nuts and seeds are ideal for snacking and provide nutrients and energy. Oatmeal is another excellent option when it comes to looking for a healthy, nutrient-packed, natural energizer.

Smoothie Recipes That Increase Energy and Battle Fatigue

While the foods mentioned above are valuable to fighting fatigue, making a smoothie that’s rich in vitamins, protein, and nutrients is a fast and delicious way to fight fatigue. Perfect for a quick breakfast or an after-work snack, these smoothie recipes will help keep you going.

One final note: For those who have problems with dairy products or desire dairy free options, all of the smoothie recipes below can be made dairy free. There are multiple plant based milks and yogurts that will provide the same amount of smoothness and even more flavor and protein.

Balanced Care Blast Smoothie

This smoothie recipe comes highly recommended from the professionals at Balanced Care for their clients.

1 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk (can be vanilla flavored)

1/2 cup berries

1/2 banana – optional

1/2 – 1 cup spinach

1 scoop protein powder

1 tbsp nut butter – optional

1 scoop collagen

Chia, flax, avocado, frozen broccoli are others can be added as well to give you the variety and flavors that appeal to you. Note there is no added sugar in this one as banana’s are a perfect way to get the sweetness needed.

Fruit and Yogurt Smoothie

Let’s start with the old stand-by. Fruit and yogurt smoothies are easy to make and delicious to eat. These simple, yet tasty smoothies are convenient and healthy. All you need to make the perfect smoothie is yogurt, fruit juice or milk, and frozen fruit.

Keep a variety of frozen fruits in the freezer. Strawberries, blueberries, peaches, pineapples, and raspberries all make fantastic ingredients. You can mix and match to create a flavor you love or stick to the basics. Just blend a ¾ cup of plain yogurt, 1 ½ cups of the frozen fruit of your choice, and ½ banana.You’ll have a sweet, filling smoothie to boost your energy.

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Pineapple Green Smoothie

How about a green smoothie to make sure you get enough servings of vegetables throughout the day? This Pineapple Green Smoothiepacks a nutritious punch. For ingredients, you’ll need almond milk, non-fat, plain, greek yogurt, one cup of baby spinach, one cup of frozen banana slices, ½ cup of frozen pineapple, and one tablespoon of chia seeds for some fiber, protein, and healthy fats. Blend until smooth, and enjoy.

Chocolate Banana Protein Smoothie

chocolate banana protien recipe

Eating healthy can taste good with this chocolate banana protein smoothie. You’ll need to blend one frozen banana, ½ cup of cooked red lentil beans, ½ cup of nonfat milk,and two teaspoons of unsweetened cocoa powder.Once blended thoroughly you’ll have a delicious and healthy smoothie to enjoy.

Super Berry Smoothie

Berries are full of rich antioxidants. This healthy super berry smoothie even includes spinach for a serving of greens. You’ll need two cups of frozen strawberries, one cup of frozen raspberries, one cup of fresh blueberries, one cup of baby spinach, one cup of pomegranate juice, three tablespoons of vanilla protein powder. Blend well for a tasty, healthy treat.

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Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

To add a seasonal option for your healthy smoothie recipes, try this pumpkin pie smoothie. With half of a cup of almond milk, one frozen banana, ⅓ of a cup plain Greek yogurt, ½ cup canned pumpkin puree, and ⅛ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, you really can’t go wrong with this delicious smoothie

Let Balanced Care Help

At Balanced Care, we are ready to help you find the solution to your fatigue. From finding the root cause of fatigue to developing healthy, natural solutions for combating it, we will address your fatigue concerns. Using nutrition and a more natural approach, we can help you feel your best.

Contact us today and let us help you fight fatigue and gain your energy back.

Everyday Smoothie Recipe

everyday smoothie recipe

Smoothies are quick, easy, delicious, and nutritious! I use this everyday smoothie recipe all. the. time. Before or after workouts, and for a meal replacement when I am on the go.

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Ingredients:

1 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk (Cashew, almond, coconut, flax)
1 scoop protein powder
1 scoop greens powder
1/2 tsp fish oil
1/8 tsp probiotic
1/2 cup frozen berries
1/2 cup spinach
Optional: ice

Directions:

  1. Add ingredients to blender or bullet
  2. Mix and enjoy!

Smoothie

Gluten and Dairy Free Vegetable Egg Bake

vegetable egg bake

Hopefully you will be spending a fair amount of time in your PJs this weekend (say “no” to black Friday! ;)). After a big turkey dinner, this is a great breakfast for one of those relaxing mornings over the weekend. You can save the left overs for breakfast during the week too. This gluten and dairy free vegetable egg bake recipe uses fresh herbs (which I love) for loads of flavor without the calories.

I have to give my sister and chef of the family, Erin, a shout out because she really is the one who came up with this recipe. Disclaimer: we used goat and cheddar cheese in the pictures below, but this can easily be dairy free by leaving off the cheese. Veggies, fresh herbs, eggs, and a little water are all you need. Let me know what you think!

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Serves: 6 people, Prep time: 20 minutes, Cook time: 40 – 45 minutes

Vegetable Egg Bake Ingredients:

1. Fresh thyme

2. Fresh basil

3. Fresh rosemary

4. Fresh sage

5. Fresh Chives

6. 1 dozen free range omega-3 eggs

7. 2 tbsp water

8. 8 White Mushrooms

9. 1 bunch of Asparagus

10. 10-12 Cherry tomatoes

11. Olive oil

Directions:

Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees

Chop the mushrooms and quarter the tomatoes.

Remove the woody end of the asparagus (if you snap the asparagus toward the bottom of the stem, there will be a natural break) and throw away. Cut remaining asparagus into 3 inch pieces.

Lightly sauté the mushrooms, tomatoes, and asparagus. They don’t need to be cooked all the way.

Spray bottom of a 8×11 inch pan with Pam. Place asparagus in a single layer covering the bottom of the pan and then add mushrooms and tomatoes.

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Chop up the herbs until you have about 1 cup total

Mix the 12 eggs and water together. Add herbs to the mixture. Add pepper and light salt if desired.

Pour egg and herb mix over the veggies in the pan

*Optional: Sprinkle cheese on top (we used half cheddar and half goat cheese)

Cook at 375 degrees for about 40-45 minutes until egg is cooked through

Serve immediately. Enjoy!

Thank you for reading. I hope you have a fantastic Thanksgiving! Gobble gobble 🙂

Your friend,

Dr. Katie

Naturopathic Doctor practicing in Edina and Woodbury, MN.

Gluten-Free Protein Pancake Recipe

gluten-free protein pancake recipe

Are you a lover of pancakes like I am, but want to keep it healthy and avoid the standard Hungry Jack box recipe? Or maybe you are gluten or dairy free?! Well, you are in luck! A certain someone found this gluten-free protein pancake recipe here and decided to cook them up for me – thanks Josh! They were delicious, packed with protein, nutrients, and gave me the energy I needed to finish a grueling workout. We tweaked the recipe a little and it looked like this:

Gluten-Free Protein Pancake Recipe

Ingredients:  Serves 2-3

  • 1 cup cooked gluten-free oatmeal (Uncooked oats might be good too – will try this next time)
  • 2 eggs + 5 egg whites (can also do 5 whole eggs instead of using the egg whites only)
  • 2 scoops vanilla protein powder (optional – they are sweeter with the protein powder, but just as good without)
  • 1 sliced banana
  • 1 cup berries – strawberries were my favorite
  • 2 tbsp peanut or almond butter
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 100% maple syrup (be sure to check the label for high fructose corn syrup!)

Pancake

1. Beat  the eggs together

2. Mix oatmeal into eggs

3. Add protein powder, peanut butter, and cinnamon

4. Add bananas and berries to batter

5. Place coconut oil on warm pan covering the bottom of the pan

6. Pour batter into pan

7. Cook on med-high heat flipping when bubbles begin to form

8. Remove from pan and serve immediately – use maple syrup as needed

9. Enjoy!

Eggs for Dinner Recipe

eggs for dinner recipe

Who says you can only have eggs for breakfast?! Don’t have time to cook eggs in the morning? Cook eggs for dinner instead! Eggs are packed with protein, B vitamins, vitamin A, and Selenium. Add your favorite veggies to make them extra healthy and filling. The salsa and goat cheese adds flavor while the tortilla chips give it a little salt and crunchiness. If you are trying to cut back on your calories, leave off the goat cheese and tortilla chips. Sticking to a gluten free diet? Choose gluten free tortilla chips.

All the nutrients are in the yokes, so don’t leave them out folks!

Eggs for Dinner

Ingredients: (serves 1)

  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 2 Eggs
  • 4 cherry tomatoes – quartered
  • 1 tbsp chopped onion (not shown)
  • 1 tbsp chopped green pepper
  • 2 chopped mushrooms
  • 1/2 c chopped spinach (not shown)
  • 2 tbsp salsa
  • 6 corn tortilla chips
  • Optional: 1 tsp goat cheese

Directions:

1. warm olive oil in small sauce pan
2. Add chopped veggies to oil and cook for 1 minute
3. Add eggs to pan (move the veggies out of the spot where the eggs will go to make sure it cooks through).

Eggs

4. Cover until yoke is cooked to your liking (its best if its a little runny)
5. Remove from pan and top with salsa
6. Add tortilla chips to plate and serve immediately
7. Enjoy!

Quinoa for Breakfast

quinoa for breakfast

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I know, I know, it sounds crazy, but quinoa for breakfast is a great change from oatmeal! The recipe is best with bananas, but blueberries or raspberries are good too. Get creative or use what is in the fridge!

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup Quinoa – see tip below!
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup milk – unsweetened almond or coconut are best
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon
  •  ½ banana – sliced

Directions:

  1. Add Quinoa and water to pan and bring to a boil
  2. Reduce heat to low and cook for 10 minutes
  3. Strain water and add milk
  4. Cook on med-low heat
  5. Add cinnamon and bananas
  6. Cook until quinoa is clear and serve immediately

There you have it — a delicious quinoa for breakfast recipe!

Tip:

Quinoa has become famous for being “high in protein”. This isn’t entirely true… or false. Quinoa is the only grain that contains all the essential amino acids, making it great for vegetarians. However, quinoa has 1 more gram of protein per ½ cup than oatmeal does. Quinoa should still be considered a grain and is a great alternative to wheat and oatmeal so eat up!