My Everyday Glow-Up Smoothie

I never used to be a smoothie kind of gal, because the ones I order outside are usually really thick, which I don’t like. But knowing how healthy smoothies can be, I wanted to give it another shot. I started blending my own instead so I can control the texture, and soon enough, I have fallen into the smoothie black hole. This is the blend that changed everything for me. It has become my go-to. It’s actually a very simple recipe, which makes it even better in my opinion.

I drink this 3 to 4 times a week, so I guess it’s more of an every-other-day smoothie. But you get the point. This little treat helps me glow-up from the inside out.

Here are the ingredients:

*All nutritional facts below are sourced from Healthline unless stated otherwise*

Strawberries

My favourite ingredient in smoothies! It’s sweet, visually appealing, and packed with health benefits. Strawberries are an excellent source of vitamin C and antioxidants. It helps with everything from boosting your immune system to preventing iron deficiency, and from reducing heart disease to protecting your memory and thinking.

Portion: ~1 cup of strawberries

Blueberries

Blueberries by itself aren’t really my thing, but when it’s in smoothies, that’s a different story. My strawberries to blueberries ratio are usually 2:1. According to an article from MedicalNewsToday, blueberries can help with skin health (yasss!), mental health, bone strength, blood pressure, cancer prevention, and more.

Portion: ~3/4 cup of blueberries

Chia seeds

Chia seeds add a little soft chewy crunch to the smoothie, I love it!

There are multiple proven health benefits of chia seeds. They are loaded with antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, magnesium and quality protein. Though packed with nutrients, they have few calories. Health experts believe that chia seeds may be able to aid weight loss too.

Portion: ~1/2 teaspoon of chia seeds

Flax seeds

I have no idea what flax seeds are until a year ago when my mom insisted on adding it to our smoothies. It doesn’t taste like anything, but it is full of nutrients. Flax seeds are high in omega-3 fats and dietary fibre. It is also a rich source of the antioxidants Lignans, which helps balance hormones, according to NutraMilk.

Portion: ~1/2 teaspoon of flax seeds

Honey

I adjust the amount of honey I add depending on how sweet the fruits are. When the strawberries are really sweet, then I only add a tiny bit. When they’re less sweet, then I’ll add more.

Honey is also loaded with antioxidants. It can help improve cholesterol, lower triglycerides, and promote wound healing. That being said, although it is a “better” alternative than refined sugar, I’m still cautious of how much I add.

Portion: ~1/4 teaspoon of honey

Chocolate protein powder

This is the key! At first I was using an unsweetened protein powder, which I didn’t think mattered much. Until one day, the Vega Chocolate protein powder went on sale, so I got it to try. And my goodness, what a great purchase. The added chocolate taste is a cherry on top.

If you’re not a chocolate fan, you can try something else like vanilla or berry. Most brands nowadays have multiple flavours to choose from. And if you don’t want to use protein powder, then maybe try regular powders. It’ll probably still do the job.

Portion: ~1 scoop of chocolate protein powder

That’s it!

If you get a chance to try this out, let me know how you like it! And if you have your own version of an everyday go-to smoothie, please share in the comments below I’d love to try it!

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33 thoughts on “My Everyday Glow-Up Smoothie

  1. I wanna try this! Just a question though, do you soak your chia overnight before you using it or do you just put it in the smoothie right away? Because I’ve seen people who does that. 😁

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    1. Wuuu good question. Soaking them gives more nutritional benefits, so it’s usually recommend to do it! When I make chia seed puddings then I soak it overnight, but when I make smoothies I just let it sit in either water or milk for 10 mins ish before putting it in. It’s much less time because I like the slight soft-crunch texture it adds πŸ˜€

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  2. Your smoothie is packed with health benefits. I’m sure it’s as tasty as the ingredients you’ve put in.

    When it’s scorching heat outside, only then do I make an effort to prepare a smoothie, hehe. I usually use Bananas, coffee, honey, dates, oats and almonds. The end result is equal to a satisfaction obtained only from a good meal.

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    1. πŸ˜‚ I don’t blame you, it is a chore sometimes to make a smoothie hahah. Definitely refreshing for the summer tho!

      Wow coffee, dates, and oats, this combo sounds interesting. I’ve never tried them in smoothies before. Very curious how it’ll taste like, will be adding this to my list to try! Thanks for sharing πŸ’›

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  3. I absolutely love smoothies! Perfect in the past few days, as it has been so hot here in the UK. However it’s started raining again so not the best smoothie weather! Hehe great blog post. Never tried chia seeds, but I have put pumpkin seeds on my smoothies before πŸ™‚

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  4. Sounds delicious! 😍 I have really loved making smoothies again this summer, and my go-to ingredients are bananas and spinach, but I never thought of adding seeds, I will try it next time! πŸ˜‹

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