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.

Also Read: Healing Benefits of Garlic

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

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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.

Also Read: Healthy Soup Recipes

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

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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-Free Veggie Pasta: 5-Step Recipe

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Do you struggle to find something to cook that your entire family will like, especially if someone has food allergies or sensitivities? If you are looking for something that is simple and tasty, try this gluten-free veggie pasta!

In an effort to find something to cook for my guy, I decided to try this recipe. I love pasta don’t get me wrong, but it is usually high in carbs and dairy. This recipe is vegan, dairy and gluten-free, but high in carbs. You can’t win them all, right? Add lentils, beans, or grass-fed ground beef to increase the protein content of this meal.

Ingredients

Gluten free pasta

1 large gluten-free tomato sauce (with no added sugar)

1/2 Fresh onion

1 Red pepper

1 small carton of mushrooms

1/2 asparagus bunch

Fresh basil

Olive oil

1/2 tsp salt and pepper

1 tsp Italian seasoning

2 garlic cloves

 

Directions

1. Cook gluten-free noodles according to the box. Be careful not to over-cook to prevent them from becoming mushy. I chose spiral noodles, but angel hair or bow tie would work.

2. Cut veggies – Julienne the pepper and quarter the mushrooms. Chop onions into quarter-inch squares. Break off the end of the asparagus at the natural break, discard the end, and chop remainder in half. Remove basil leaves from stem and chop into smaller pieces. I used about 1.5 bunches of the basil.

3. Saute onions and garlic in olive oil over medium heat until they begin to brown. Add in remaining vegetables, salt, pepper, and italian seasoning. Cook for about 5-8 minutes or until almost cooked through. Note: I used salt free tomato sauce and added about 1 tsp of salt into the veggies. 

4. Add in tomato sauce and let simmer for 5 minutes with the pan cover on.

5. Add noodles to veggie mix and serve immediately. Leftovers are great for lunch the next day!

And that’s it! 5 easy steps to gluten-free veggie pasta.

Optional: Add ground meat for those meat lovers.

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Vegetarian Lentil Soup To-Go

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Do you struggle to find something quick and easy to bring to work for lunch? So do I! What does one do when they have loads of CSA veggies, little time, and a busy schedule? Turn on some good tunes and make a veggie lentil soup!! Duh. Make this on Sunday and you will have lunch for the week and then some. Throw the left-overs in the freezer for a night when you don’t have time to cook dinner or grab it on your way out the door in the morning.

Lentils provide protein and fiber while the veggies are packed with vitamins and minerals. There is a hefty amount of onions and garlic to keep your immune system strong during the cold and flu seasons.

Only 1 cup of chopped collard greens has 300% of your Vitamin A, 60% of Vitamin C, 27% of calcium, and 1000% of Vitamin K for your daily value (%DV) needed!! Wow, that is impressive! See this recipe for a delicious collard green and kale recipe.

Tip: Be sure to store your soup in glassware especially if it is still warm. Use a mason jar to prevent spillage!

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Ingredients:

2 tomatoes chopped
1 Rutabaga chopped
1 Green pepper chopped
1/2 yellow onion chopped
1 yellow squash chopped
1 large leek sliced
1 bunch of collard greens chopped
3 celery sticks chopped
32 ounces vegetable broth
1 tbsp chopped garlic
3 sprigs fresh rosemary chopped
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 tsp Penzy spice – get creative, I used their Mural of Flavor and Italian
Water to add as needed
1 tbsp olive oil
1 cup almost cooked lentils

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Add ingredients to large crock-pot. Add water or additional vegetable broth to the consistency you desire. Cook on low for 8-10 hours. Enjoy!

 

 Have a Happy Halloween!

~ Dr. Katie

Naturopathic Doctor in Woodbury and Edina, Minnesota

Spaghetti Squash Spaghetti

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If you are like me, you may have cut out or reduced the carb heavy Italian foods like spaghetti and lasagna in favor of healthier options. However, Italian food is my absolute favorite! I can eat the tomato sauce straight from the jar. Literally. And my Italian blood craves it from time to time which is why I love this spaghetti squash spaghetti — a healthy spin on pasta!

Why is spaghetti squash healthier than pasta noodles (regardless of the type of noodle)? The most important reason is that it is not processed. I love the phrase “If God made it, it is ok, but if man made it, stay away”. Naturally there is no gluten, dairy, wheat, yeast, or salt in squash. Your waistline will thank you because whole wheat pasta packs on about 150 more calories and 30 more grams of carbs than its replacement, spaghetti squash.

This spaghetti squash spaghetti recipe requires a homemade tomato sauce. If you decide to buy the sauce instead, be sure to check the label for added sugar. The sauce recipe shown here is courtesy of my Grandma Jan. Her secret ingredient is sugar, but my secret for staying healthy is to leave the sugar out 🙂 Sorry Grandma!

The squash will easily come out in strands just like spaghetti (see picture below) . Each squash makes a lot! I used two large squash for 8 people and had leftovers for days. One squash would be enough to feed about 5-7 people depending on how much sauce is added. I cooked the squash and tomato sauce the night before and left the sauce on low the next day in a crock-pot to let it marinade. I added the spaghetti squash right before serving to prevent it from becoming too mushy. You can modify this if need be.

Ingredients:

1. 1 spaghetti squash

2. 1 large can of crushed tomatoes

3. 2 cloves of fresh garlic

4. 1 small white onion

5. 2 tbsp Italian seasoning

6. Chopped fresh basil

7. Chopped fresh parsley

8. Olive oil

9. Salt and pepper to taste

Directions for Spaghetti Squash Ssspaghetti

1. Cut squash in half and place on a cookie sheet with the skin side up. Add a little water to the pan to prevent the squash from drying out.

2. Bake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes or until squash is soft.

3. Chop up onions and garlic. Sauté in olive oil on medium in a large pot until starting to golden.

4. Add chopped tomatoes, italian seasoning, basil, parsley, and salt and pepper to taste. Cook on medium for 15 minutes. Store in fridge overnight if cooked the night before.

5. Remove squash using a fork and store in a glass container overnight. This is not like shredding chicken, it will come out in strands very easily. You can also add directly to warmed sauce if eating immediately.

6. Reheat tomato sauce in crock-pot on low for 6-8 hours or warm tomato sauce in large pot. Add squash 30 minutes before serving.

7. Enjoy!! Pair it with a salad (include nuts for protein) or a piece of fish or chicken for added protein.

Evviva!

Dr. Katie Corazzo

Naturopathic Doctor in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul ~ Locations in Woodbury and Edina, Minnesota

Gluten and Dairy Free Vegetable Egg Bake

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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.

Is Calcium ONLY Found in Dairy?!

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A lot of people think they have to consume dairy products – milk, cheese, yogurt, ice cream – in order to take in enough Calcium. Maybe you’re one of them?! However, many people can’t tolerate dairy, or are choosing healthier options. Cows are pumped with antibiotics and steroids that can negatively impact our health; therefore almond, coconut, and hemp products can be better for us. Many of these products have calcium added into them, but non-dairy calcium can also be found in other sources as well.

Great Sources of Non-Dairy Calcium

To put these in perspective, 100 grams of milk contains 118 grams of Calcium and 100 grams of yogurt contains 111. So lets see how non-dairy calcium sources stack up — these are all 100 gram servings!

  • Raw KALE (one of our greatest super foods) has 160 grams of calcium!
  • Broccoli has 80 grams of calcium
  • Spinach has 100 grams of calcium
  • Sunflower seeds (3/4 c) have 126 grams of calcium
  • Peanuts (2/3 c) have 76 grams of calcium
  • Bitter chocolate has 78 grams of calcium
  • Whole wheat flour has 99 grams of calcium

Feel better without dairy while continuing to build and maintain strong bones! Don’t forget to do weight bearing exercises too! 🙂