This is a guest post by Kelly LeVeque. Kelly is a certified holistic nutritionist, wellness expert and celebrity health coach based in Los Angeles, California. Be Well grew out of Kelly’s lifelong passion for health, the science of nutrition and overall wellness. Guided by a practical and always optimistic approach, Kelly helps clients improve their health, achieve their goals and develop sustainable habits to live a healthy and balanced life.
Good Morning! I’m Kelly LeVeque, nutritionist at Be Well by Kelly. You might have heard of my #bewellsmoothie—it’s a formula created to help my clients make the perfect meal replacement shake. The #bewellsmoothie limits fructose and ensures that there is enough protein, fat and fiber to balance blood sugar and help you calmly make it from breakfast to lunch.
No matter your lifestyle, at Be Well we suggest a blood sugar stabilizing and anti-inflammatory approach. We want our clients feeling full and satisfied so they can enjoy life without obsessing about food or grazing all day. Feeling energized will set you up to exceed goals—but excess insulin and fructose don’t help.
Fructose turns to fat faster than any other form of carbohydrate. When metabolized in the liver, fructose converts to glycerol (a sugar alcohol), which helps turn free fatty acids into fat. And, since fructose is 100 percent metabolized in the liver, it undergoes a chemical reaction that can result in liver inflammation. (For reference, only 80 percent of alcohol and 20 percent of glucose are metabolized in the liver, which shows how, in comparison, fructose can carry an extra health damaging kick!)
Research confirms that when we start our day with protein and fat we feel more relaxed around food and eat less overall. The right amount of fat and protein will get you from one meal to the next. Remember, breaks are good. A 4-5 hour window between meals will increase human growth hormone and testosterone levels, which helps you shed weight, maintain lean muscle mass, and increase insulin sensitivity. The result? You’ll experience a natural energy surge without a sugar crash.
So definitely consider giving your body a break with the #bewellsmoothie or my favorite weekend breakfast. This paleo chia pudding, which reminds me of growing up with Cream of Wheat and oatmeal, serves up protein, fat and fiber to keep you full.
In a medium nonstick fry pan on medium heat, add 1 tablespoon of ghee, 1 cup of coconut milk, chia seed and flax.
With a silicon spatula or wooden spoon, continuously stir all ingredients until pudding is thick about, 3 minutes.
Pour warm pudding into a bowl, option to stir in sweetener of choice.
Top with nuts, hemp seeds coconut milk and berries. Serve warm.