Energizing Smoothie recipe

I drink a variation of this nearly every day. I've long since wanted to share this with the Migraine.com community since it has helped my energy level and general health for years!

Engergizing smoothie ingredients

  • 1 cup of strongly brewed Tulsi tea (make a big batch beforehand and keep in the fridge for up to a week)
  • 1 generous handful of kale or spinach (or a mixture)
  • 1 tbsp ground flaxseed (grind yourself or buy ground flax and keep it refrigerated to maintain its health benefits)
  • 1/2-3/4 cup of oats soaked overnight in non-dairy milk (you can also make this in bulk in use for a week—keep it refrigerated)
  • 1 banana (fresh or frozen)
  • 1/2 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1/2 cup carrots
  • any other fruit or veggies you love
  • 1 cup 100% pomegranate or 100% grape juice
  • ice (if you’re using all fresh veggies and fruit and want to make the smoothie colder)

optional: add 1-2 scoops of protein powder and/or powdered greens as long as your doctor or nutritionist approves!

Smoothie directions

  1. Start with a clean blender. (I use a heavy-duty Vitamix, but most brands should be able to accommodate all the ingredients listed above.)
  2. Pour the Tulsi tea into the blender first.
  3. Add the generous handful of greens (kale or spinach). They blend better when they’re added first and heavier fruits and veggies are put on top.
  4. Add the soaked oats, flaxseed, banana, blueberries, carrots, and optional extra veggies and fruits to the blender.
  5. Pour the cup of juice on top.
  6. Add a handful of ice if you’d like.
  7. Use your hand or a tool to tamp down the ingredients before putting the blender lid on.
  8. Start with low power/blade speed until the ingredients appear roughly chopped.
  9. Turn the blender on high and blend for 30-60 seconds as needed.
  10. If the mixture is too thick for you, add more non-dairy milk, juice, water, or Tulsi tea.
  11. Drink 16 oz. of your smoothie. Yum!
  12. Do you have some left over? Drink 16 oz. of it tomorrow or, if you have less than that left, toss it into tomorrow’s blender.
  13. Feel great about what you just did to make your body healthy and strong today.

Customize the recipe

This recipe is heavily inspired by one my former doctor Richard Panico (Athens, Georgia) prescribed to me in 2008. It’s highly customizable, so if you have any dietary restrictions or general aversions to the ingredients listed above, you can make it work for you. For instance, banana is included not just for its taste but because it adds sweetness. You may want to use peaches, mangoes, or other sweet fruit to make the smoothie more palatable if you don’t want to use banana. But perhaps you like it tasting more “green” and don’t need sweeter fruits! It’s up to you.

Let me know what you think of the recipe. When I first started drinking these, the veggie taste was overwhelming to me—I was used to more sugary smoothies from places like chain smoothie places. But now I love it. 

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