Wellness

Good (For You) Morning

January 8

As much as I love shopping for shoes (I dooooooo!) and clothes (fill ‘er up, baby and I do mean, my closet!), my absolute favourite thing to shop for is… vitamins… and superfoods… and nutritional powders… and healing elixirs… and natural beauty products and… well, you get the drift). LOL.

Yes, I am a health nut who loves nothing more than cruising the aisles of a health food store. Thank goodness then for Nutrition House, a one-stop to satisfy all my health and wellness needs. I could go on all day about this topic but for today, I’ll focus my passion on my smoothie must-haves.

In addition to fresh or frozen fruit and things like chia, flax and hemp as well as alternative milks like almond or coconut, I recommend keeping the following items on-hand. If you can set aside all of these things in one designated location, it will make early morning smoothie-making much… smoother!

Ultimate Maca Energy

Maca is reported to be a lot of things (an aphrodisiac, fertility enhancement, energy booster, hormone balancer, etc.) but I throw it in because it helps to relieve stress! (Hellooooo!)

Botanica Holy Basil

This one supports a healthy response to stress while nourishing the mind and elevating the spirit. I alternate between this and maca because well, see above… super duper stressed.

Bulletproof Brain Octane Oil

With up to 18 times more power than coconut oil when it comes to enhanced cognitive function, Brain Octane Oil is the top choice for reaching peak brain performance all day especially during demanding tasks. As I keep walking into the photocopy room and forgetting why I’m there, I’ve been adding a bit of this to my smoothie daily (or at least when I remember… ha!).

Four Sigmatic Chaga Mushroom Elixir Mix

Google “mushrooms” so you can see for yourself just how much research there is in terms of their medicinal value. In short, there’s a reason why they call them, “magic mushrooms”. Speaking of magic, as it turns out, chaga mushrooms are the most magical of all, the “king” of mushrooms, if you will. High in antioxidant properties, these help support immune function. Yay, sign me up! Brew up some of this the night before, store it in the fridge and then use as a base for your smoothie in the morning.

Genuine Health Greens+

On days when you are really pressed for time… voilà! This is an all-in-one offering whole body nourishment with the power of advanced food fermentation and the alkalizing and energizing benefits of greens+. I like it for a lot of reasons (gluten-free, GMO-free, it’s a one-step, etc.) but also, because it contains açai (an ingredient that makes my skin noticeably glow-ier every single time).

There you have it! Whether you’re a wanna-be, fledgling or full-on health nut, with all of this goodness, good mornings are all but guaranteed!

Michael Willowbrook Blogger

Michael loves cooking, eating and travelling but first... coffee!

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