Stay Fueled for Hours!
There is a secret to turning off your body's hunger signals and it is as simple as eating four "fabulous" ingredients together, according to celebrity Nutritionist, Kelly LeVeque.
Have you ever used a smoothie as a meal replacement only to be starving an hour later? That's probably because it was low in protein and fat, and high in fructose (i.e., sugar from fruit) and other sugars. Even natural sugars like honey are recognized and digested in the body like table sugar; rapidly. However, when you combine a small portion of fructose (like a quarter-cup of blueberries) with high-quality fat, fiber, and protein; magic happens! All of the sudden your brain tells you that you're completely satiated... and you're no longer raiding your pantry to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Our days of sugar-filled cups are long gone! Leading nutritionists are offering a multitude of new tips on eating for fulfillment, balancing hormones, fat loss, appetite control and maximizing health benefits. One way to simply start your day off with your metabolism on fire (plus a satisfied appetite) is with a "Fab Four" Smoothie. Below are three of my go-to recipes when I'm short on time and need a quick nutritionally dense meal.
Kelly LeVeque's Fab Four Ingredients...
1. Protein (Examples: protein powder and Greek yogurt)
Signals to your brain that you are full
Helps with food absorption
Source for amino acids and collagen which help in cell repair
2. Fiber (Examples: flax seeds and chia seeds)
Helps with digestion and regularity
Slows absorption of glucose
3. Fat (Examples: MCT oil, coconut cream, avocado, almond butter, hemp seeds)
Reduces fasting insulin levels
4. Greens (Examples: greens powder, spinach, kale)
Repairs cell damage
Provides vitamins and minerals
Offers phytonutrients & phytochemicals
I've added all of the ingredients that I used
in these recipes in my Amazon Shop for you to find them easily.
Balanced Breakfast Smoothie
YOUMAXA Protein Shake, 1 scoop
Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk, 8oz.
Medium Avocado, 1/2
Raw Spinach, handful
Raw Almond Butter, 1 TBSP.
Organic Strawberries, 4
Dash of Cinnamon
Loco Coco Smoothie