I’ve been preparing for a presentation today all about one of my favorite topics in nutrition – GBOMBS.
I’ve written about them before, but I love the acronym because it’s an easy way to remember some of the most nutrient-packed, disease-fighting, health-boosting foods on the planet, according to Dr. Joel Fuhrman:
• Seeds (+ Nuts)
One of the easiest ways to pack in a bunch of GBOMBS at once is in a smoothie 🙂
Smoothies are also an easy way to “upgrade” our diet, adding in lots of nutrients that keep our body clean, energized, and feeling awesome.
I have them for breakfast almost every morning. We change them up, so we are getting a variety of nutrients from different fruits, vegetables and super foods.
Today’s smoothie has a lot going for it, including being anti-inflammatory and detoxifying.
According to Dr. Mark Hyman and other functional medicine doctors and nutritionists, inflammation and toxicity are the two reasons most of us are sick and holding on to extra weight, so we want to load up on foods that help us reduce them, and this smoothie does the trick!
Check out the amazing health benefits of three of the key ingredients in this smoothie:
Blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries.
No matter which berries you pick, they are one of the best foods you can eat because they’re low in sugar, and their high antioxidant power helps protect our heart and contains potent anti-cancer compounds.
For these reasons and more (they taste amazing!), berries are considered one of Dr. Fuhrman’s GBOMBS foods.
This superstar veggie is another GBOMBS food, so it’s also loaded with anti-cancer and anti-fat storage benefits. Leafy green veggies are the most nutrient-rich foods we can eat. That’s our goal – to get the most nutrients we can in every calorie we eat or drink. It’s one of the secrets to optimal health.
Yet another GBOMBS food, flaxseed is known for its anti-inflammatory properties and keeps our brain and arteries healthy due to its Omega-3 fatty acid content.
Flaxseed is also loaded with fiber, which helps regulate blood sugar (a key to staying energized!), keep us feeling full, and promote healthy digestion (keep things moving).
Make sure you grind the seeds before eating them, as it is tough for your teeth to break down the whole seeds and release all of their health benefits. My blender does a good job of this, but a coffee grinder will work, too.
Ingredients (ideally organic)
• 1.5 cups unsweetened (or homemade) almond milk
• 2 cups greens, loosely packed (baby kale, kale (remove stem), spinach, etc.)
• 1 cup frozen berries (I used black raspberries in mine but any will do)
• 1/2 frozen banana (peel it first)
• 1 tablespoon almond butter
• 1 tablespoon flaxseed / ground flaxseed
• 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
• 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
• Optional to make it more filling: scoop of your favorite protein powder (I want to try this one and have been pretty happy with this one)
Put all ingredients in a blender in the order listed above for about 60 seconds, until you reach a smooth consistency. If you don’t have a high-powered blender, blend the greens and liquid FIRST and then add the rest of the ingredients.
*As your taste buds adjust to like naturally sweet foods, you may find that adding a pitted Medjool date or a teaspoon of honey sweetens up this recipe a bit, but the berries, banana, and cinnamon are enough for me!