I felt drained at the end of each workday.
6 cups of coffee a day and endless sugar cravings had drained my body. Taking a nap at 5 p.m. had become a routine. No, I’m not talking about a 10-minute power nap, but about a real hour-long nap, to feel alive again. I was always tired, grumpy, sleepy and had zero motivation. At that time I blamed it all on busy schedules and fast-paced lifestyle when the real villain was hiding himself in the mirror. There’s no one else to blame when you don’t take care of your own health…
My breakfast was a chaos – pastries, chocolate bars and gas station sandwiches.
I ate literally everything I got my hands on. Around 10 a.m. I got so hungry that I made food choices based merely on emotions. I tried to make porridge for breakfast once or twice – that didn’t work. I just wasn’t keen on waking up 20 minutes earlier for that.
By then Sven had talked to me about smoothies for almost 6 months, without me ever trying them. At that time smoothie didn’t seem like a real food to me. I thought that smoothie alone isn’t enough to satisfy my appetite.
At first, I didn’t realize that powerlessness and fatigue were the results of poor nutrition and excessive coffee drinking. For years I had been filling myself with the wrong fuel, while the engine was getting weaker and weaker.
It was time to try something new since the old ways didn’t serve me anymore.
I started with easy breakfast smoothies and made it my goal to drink one smoothie every morning for a whole month.
After the first weeks, I felt like I had done it forever – it was way easier than I expected. Today, drinking smoothies has become a habit. I realized pretty quickly that smoothies kept me full until lunchtime. Furthermore, instead of a chocolate bar, in between lunch and dinner, I began to choose something fresh.
My appetite for coffee decreased, and my productivity lasted until evening. Did smoothie really have the power to affect my well-being and energy levels so much? Sven also told me to try Brazilian origin Yerba Mate tea instead of coffee, which seemed fishy at first. “Tea that gives more energy than coffee?” Then again, if Tim Ferriss was drinking it, then there had to be something good in it.
Read more: “Sven: My morning routines in 8 simple steps“
Here are some of my suggestions plus 4 smoothie recipes (you can find more recipes here), with what I experimented in the first few weeks. Having walked this road I suggest everyone, who recognized themselves in my story, to give this smoothie business a chance.
When you suffer from low energy and…
- … coffee doesn’t help anymore.
- … you want to replace unhealthy cravings, which don’t satisfy your hunger (chocolate, pastries, etc.).
- … you have trouble sleeping.
- … waking up is the hardest part.
- … quick solutions, such as energy drinks, don’t help and you want to replace them with something healthier.
Why is smoothie a great energy source?
- Smoothie consists of fruits, which supply your body with carbohydrates (natural fructose).
- Fruits are rich in fiber, which helps control blood sugar levels.
- Adding superfoods* to your smoothie helps boost its nutritional value – enriching it with vitamins, minerals, and plant-based protein.
- Smoothie is easy to digest and keeps your stomach full until next meal.
- Healthy smoothie brings fresh food back to your menu, which is not fried, baked or boiled.
*Superfoods are those seeds, berries or other fruits, that contain higher levels of vitamins and minerals. They take care of your body’s needs, also giving you energy and vitality. With these natural superfoods you’ll double, or even triple your smoothie’s nutritional value.
Here are some of my favourite energizing smoothies:
Morning smoothie with blackcurrants
½ cup black currants
½ cup water
1 tsp honey
1 tbsp Balance blend
Nutritious peanut butter smoothie
1 handful spinach
1 tbsp peanut butter
1 cup almond milk
1 tbsp Workout blend
Refreshing green spinach smoothie
1 handful spinach
1 pineapple slice
1 cup water
1 tbsp Detox blend
Mixed berry oatmeal smoothie
1 handful cherries
1 handful raspberries
3 tbsp oats
1 cup almond milk
1 tbsp Crunchy Mix
In conclusion – it takes less than 5 minutes to make a delicious smoothie, while the energy you get from it lasts for half a day!