How to Kick-Start Your Day!

Are you a "rise and shine, it's coffee time" kind of person?  Studies have shown that how you start your day not only sets your mood and energy levels for the day, but it can also help your metabolism, immunity and overall health!  

Mandy Gill making an Ener-C smoothie

We asked plant-based super star Mandy Gill
her favorite smoothie routines.

And here they are.

(Did we mention she makes a mean smoothie bowl?) 

The Smoothie Routine

Smoothies are an easy way to get in a bunch of nutrient-dense foods, including all of your macro-nutrients (fats, carbohydrates, and proteins), to keep you feeling full and energized. They also tend to help curb those unwanted "pastry" cravings we get when we rush out the door to work on an empty stomach!

A few ways to get into the "Smoothie Routine" are:

  • Make your own smoothie bags: This preparation takes half an hour to prepare one week's worth of delicious smoothies! Grab some leafy greens (like spinach or kale), your favorite summer fruits, and healthy fats (such as hemp hearts or avocado) and throw them all in a freezer bag for later. In the morning, pull them out and blend!
  • Add your favourite flavour of Ener-C: Want to decrease your smoothie's sugar content? Or disguise the taste of kale in your smoothie? Each packet of Ener-C is filled with A, C, E & B vitamins, electrolytes, and minerals. Also, they will give your smoothie a yummy real fruit flavor. 
  • Find yourself a perfect on-the-go smoothie cup: Large mason jars are our favorite because they are re-usable.

  • Protein:  Grab your favorite protein powder! Plant-based proteins are more easily available ranging from pea protein, hemp protein, brown rice and even pumpkin! Choice a protein that best suits your needs and make sure to add in enough to keep you feeling full, energized and to increase lean muscle mass in your body! 

  • Toppings:  Hemp hearts, flax seeds, cacao nibs, fresh fruit or your favorite nuts - a great source of healthy fats and added flavor! Don't forget shredded coconut if you are a tropical fan!

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