I cannot wait to share with everyone my favorite fab four smoothie recipe from Kelly LeVeque’s Body Love book. If you have not heard of Kelly or her Fab Four approach you need to look her up. She is a nutritionist that focuses on eating to sustain your blood sugar level. Everything she explains in her book makes so much sense to me and I love following her on Instagram at bewellbykelly. My favorite fab four smoothie recipe is below for you to try. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
What are the Fab Four?
You should be eating meals throughout the day that include these 4 things. Also beware of the amount of carbs you are eating. Those carbs turn to sugar and contribute to your spikes and crashes throughout the day as well as how your body stores that extra sugar (I will let you in on a secret…that sugar is stored as FAT! Okay, that is not really a secret but I want you to think about that next time you eat carbs.).
Protein – Is the building block to your muscles and other cells throughout your body. It also signals to your brain that you are full and feel satisfied.
Fat – I feel like so many companies out there are telling us fat is bad for us, but it is necessary for so many important functions in our bodies. Brain function, hormone production and balance, and cell development are just some of the great benefits you get from your healthy fats. Fat can also help curb cravings and slows down digestion to help us feel full longer.
Fiber – We all know that fiber helps move food through our digestive system. It is also very important for our gut health and helps remove toxins from the body.
Greens – Here is where you are going to get a lot of your vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. These help prevent premature aging, strengthen our immune systems, and protect overall health. Remember a lot of your greens are going to count as fiber as well. Don’t you love getting a two for one?
Now that you know what the Fab Four are here is a guide to help you understand how much of each you should be consuming per meal.
Protein – 4-6 ounces for women, 6-8 ounces for men
Fat – 2 tablespoons
Fiber & Greens – 2-4 cups
If you are looking for the formula for smoothies follow this guide.
Protein – at least 20 grams
Fat – 1-2 tablespoons
Fiber – 10 grams or 1-2 tablespoons
Greens – a handful
Fruits should be a maximum of 1/2 cup and it is best to eat them in the morning.
Are you ready for my favorite smoothie recipe now? Oh…my…goodness, you are going to LOVE it!
Peanut Butter and Jelly
– 1 serving (2 scoops) vanilla collagen powder (My favorite is Primal Kitchen Collagen Fuel that you can get at Thrive Market)
– 1-2 tablespoons peanut butter
– 1-2 tablespoons chia seeds
– 1/4 cup fresh or frozen strawberries
– 1-2 cups water
– 2-4 ice cubes (optional)
Blend until you get the consistency you would like. I love mine to be super cold and have a thick milkshake like consistency so that is why I add the ice cubes. As you notice there are no greens in this recipe. If you would like to get some greens in first thing in the morning go ahead and add a handful of spinach right to the smoothie. I can never taste the difference. For those times I do not add greens I make sure I have a fab four salad for lunch. I hope you all enjoy this as much as I do!