Today’s awesome recipe post is served up by Certified Celebrity Health Coach and friend to Mark’s Daily Apple, Kelly LeVeque. I’m thrilled she’s with us today, and I hope you enjoy these four incredible recipes as much as I have.
The Fab Four is the light structure for eating healthy without “eat” or “do not eat” lists. Simply look at your plate and ask yourself—”Do I have all four components?” Protein ups collagen, supports muscle tone, and metabolism; fat benefits hormones, skin, and cellular health; fiber promotes gut microbiome proliferation and detoxification; and greens (or veggies deep in color) provide cancer and inflammation fighting phytonutrients. This combination is a fail-safe for my clients to stop fighting not to eat and instead mix their nutrients to regulate over 8 hunger hormones in their body! They easily go 4-6 hours without thinking of food or snacking on processed foods and report increased energy, clearer skin and overall Body Love!
I created the Fab Four Smoothie formula to help my clients learn how to build a low sugar meal replacement smoothie. This is very different from the many juice shops, grocery smoothie bars and smoothie recipes online, which can be loaded with sugar, specifically fructose sugar from excess fruit, agave, dates and juice. When it comes to weight loss and energy, the #fab4smoothie is the key! For some new clients, I spare them the science and simply ask them to start every day with a Fab Four Smoothie. Within the first week I am getting exciting texts about how their skin is glowing, energy is high and the scale is down.
The Fab Four smoothie limits fruit and instead helps you fill up on protein, fat and fiber, which naturally help to elongate and balance your blood sugar curve. This combination keeps you from crashing before lunch and sabotaging your healthy eating efforts. When you arrive at your next meal alive, you can easily make conscious decisions to put the Fab Four on your next plate.
Looking to kick chocolate cravings? Start with a Chocolate Collagen protein, almond butter and flax seed smoothie. Sneak in a handful of spinach—you won’t even taste it! Looking to increase nutrition? Not a fan of super green smoothies? Opt for a small handful of micro greens: they contain up to 14x the nutrition of the full-grown plant.
Acai berries are extremely high in anthocyanins, a plant antioxidant associated with the ability to lower cholesterol levels, fight oxidative stress and help prevent aging. With twice the antioxidants as blueberries and loaded with vitamin A and fiber this berry is a skin superhero!
Broccoli sprouts can deliver up to 14x the nutrition as the full grown vegetable without making your smoothie taste green. Broccoli spouts are rich in sulphoraphone a potent anti cancer chemical!
Leafy greens provide a variety of phytonutrients including beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin, and are rich in minerals including iron, calcium, potassium, and magnesium and vitamins, including vitamins K, C, E, and B vitamins.
Pineapple provides the enzyme Bromeliad, an enzyme that digests proteins and is often used to treat muscle injuries and is applied as a digestive aid.
Cauliflower: adding frozen organic riced cauliflower to your next smoothie is a great way to add fiber, phytochemicals (antioxidants) that fight aging and thicken your smoothie without diluting it all in one.
Kelly LeVeque is a Certified Celebrity Health Coach, Holistic Nutritionist and Wellness Expert based in Los Angeles, California. 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. Working with well-known names such as Jessica Alba, Chelsea Handler, Evan Peters (to prepare for X-Men) and Emmy Possum. Kelly is extremely passionate about the science of human nutrition and the desire to help her clients achieve their personal health goals. Kelly LeVeque has parlayed her passion for health, wellness and the science of nutrition into her first book, Body Love. Body Love will help you feel empowered, not overwhelmed by food and nutrition, live in balance, weigh what you want and free yourself from food drama forever.
Thanks to everyone for stopping by—and to Kelly for contributing today. She’s got an excellent GIVEAWAY going on her Facebook page: a personally signed copy of her new book, Body Love, and a Primal Kitchen care package that will have you set for summer with our Mayo, Chipotle Lime Mayo, Honey Mustard Vinaigrette, Greek Vinaigrette, Ranch Dressing, Avocado Oil, and our Dark Chocolate Almond Bar. The contest closes June 30, so hurry and enter! Have a great weekend, everyone.