Why I love its parfaitNESS:

IT IS B A L A N C E D. 

Put simply: it contains fat (chia and coconut oil) and protein (almonds) ,which help balance out the sugars from the fruit.

ALSO.

It’s a fun project to layer… and eat with a spoon.

THIS SMOOTHIE WILL MAKE YOU CHEW

I realize that when I slurp down my smoothie with a straw it is gone in 10 seconds, maybe 5.

A spoon is your key here to unlock the power to FULLY enjoy and savor that same smoothie that you would otherwise blindly slurp. You are able to play with your taste buds for a little longer and you actually feel more satisfied from chewing it  than if you were to simply shoot it down your throat.

MASTICATION, fancy word for chewing and also just more similar to the spanish word MASTICAR, allows the food to hang-out longer in the mouth, giving your saliva enzymes a greater opportunity to lubricate the food and start the CHEMICAL-ENZYMATIC process of digestion. Chewing also signals the brain for satiation, making you eat less; the brain is able to receive a series of messages from digestive hormones that tell it is full before you take the EXTRA bite.

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Blueberries, blackberries, raspberries.. are all at their PEAK in flavor, nutrition, texture, and juiciness right now, without mentioning they are super CHEAP too.  So pick them, buy them, or do whatever you gotta do to get them in your blender and make into magic.

Goji berries: apart from being super antioxidant anti-aging, goji berries are said to help increase metabolism and boost energy levels. In Chinese medicine they are used to treat diabetes, high blood pressure, maintain eye health, and health the liver and kidneys.

Coconut oil : Increases energy, fat burning capacity and reduces hunger because it fills you up for a sustained period of time. Its good for the heart, brain, and SKIN!

Ginger: It’s always good to add ginger to juices or smoothies because it helps in the  absorption and assimilation of essential nutrients. It does this by stimulating gastric and pancreatic enzyme excretion.  What’s the use of eating healthy if you can’t absorb the nutrients? So yes, ADD THE GINGER.

CHIA: You’ve heard about it before. But it doesn’t hurt to hear it again: IT HAS ALL THE GOOD FATS i.e omega 3 fatty acids. It fills you up because the seeds swell even more in your stomach, making you feel like you just ate steak. It has a ton of fiber, which helps regulate blood sugar, especially since you are ingesting some in the fruit . It’s great for bones since it has calcium, manganese and phosphorus, which means it’s also good for strengthening your teeth.

I made this recipe for Madewell New York this summer.

And now here it goes for you:

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First LAYER:  Almond Milk Chia Pudding.

3 Tbsp of chia

1 cup almond milk (learn how to make your own almond milk here !

Pour 1/2 cup of almond milk in mason jar and add in the chia and swirl. 

As you wait for the chia to swell, go ahead and make the smoothie!

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2nd LAYER: Coral blend (BerryGojiGinger)

5 strawberries

1 handful of raspberries

1 tablespoon of shredded or finely chopped ginger

1 tsp coconut oil

1 handful of goji berries

Blend strawberries, raspberries, and ginger first until smooth. THEN add *coconut oil, and **goji berries.

Pour out half of the mixture into Mason Jar, and leave the other half in the blender.

*ALWAYS ALWAYS add a little coconut oil to your fruit smoothies. This will help balance the natural sugars in it so that you don’t have a quick spike with a preceded CRASH. Fat slows down the rate at which sugar is absorbed into your bloodstream.

**I usually freeze my goji berries so that when you add them at the end, they give the smoothie a nice CRUNCH!

3rd layer: Creamy Violet blend

1/2 cup of almond milk

1 handful of blueberries or blackberries

1 tsp coconut oil

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Alll of the above photos were taken by the wonderful Angi Welsch