By Randy Moraitis, MA, CIP, BCPC
Recently I posted the pic above on my Instagram page with the ingredients I put in my morning smoothie. I have this smoothie everyday after working out. It gives me the energy and focus I need to start the day strong!
I’m a big believer that good food equals good mood, and that good nutrition can boost our energy levels and immune systems. This smoothie has everything necessary to build and repair muscle, provide numerous nutrients, and promote a healthy gastrointestinal system. Since posting the pic I’ve been asked for the recipe, so here it is:
1 Scoop protein powder (my favorites are Muscle Milk 100% Whey and Arbonne Vegan Protein
3-4 Baby Carrots
1/4 cup Baby Spinach
1/4 Cup Kefir
1 Tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar
1 Tablespoon Ground Flax Seed
1 Teaspoon Psyllium Husk
1 Scoop Garden of Life Green Superfood
1/4 to 1/2 Cup Coconut Water
1 Teaspoon Aloe Vera Juice
1/2 Cup Frozen Fruit (Blueberries, Cherries, Strawberries, Mango, Etc.)
First I fill the blender with all the ingredients, then I top off with the crushed ice and water based on how much space is left in the blender cup I use.
I love the Ninja blender. It comes with several different size cups so I can make larger or smaller versions of the smoothie to either share or take on the road.
Feel free to modify any part of the recipe to your taste and needs. If you are sensitive to soy or whey, be sure to use a vegan protein instead. Bon appetit!
I’d love to hear your feedback or any healthy recipes you love!
About Randy Moraitis, MA, CIP, BCPC
Randy is married to Kim and they live in Laguna Niguel. Together they have a blended family of five adult children and three beautiful grandchildren. (If you don’t believe Randy, he will gladly show you pictures!)
Randy is a Certified Intervention Professional (CIP) and expert in helping families and individuals affected by addiction and/or mental health issues through counseling, coaching and interventions. He is an award-winning Board Certified Pastoral Counselor and is both licensed and ordained as a pastoral counselor. He has five professional coaching certifications and loves working with clients on executive coaching, life coaching, wellness coaching and recovery coaching. Randy has a master’s degree with emphasis in theology and counseling, a bachelor’s degree in management and leadership, and a certificate in health and fitness with emphasis in exercise physiology and sports psychology from UC Irvine. He has been leading groups, individuals and families to mental, physical and spiritual health in Orange County for over 25 years. His office is located in Laguna Niguel, CA.