Smoothies Featured in Women’s Health
Two of my favorite smoothie recipes were recently featured in Women’s Health magazine.
I provided the recipes – but they were created by my daughter (Courtney Talbott) and her friend (Jaclyn Optiz) who are both nutrition majors at CalPoly in San Luis Obispo, CA.
The Women’s Health article touts them as “weight loss” shakes – but the reason that “our” smoothies have that effect is because of their benefits for balancing the microbiome (the “good” bacteria in your gut) – which can not only help you lose weight, but can significantly improve your mood.
Oatmeal is a breakfast staple but you don’t have to eat it as cereal. The high-fiber, super-filling, whole grain is the secret ingredient in this shake from Shawn M Talbott, Ph.D., C.N.S., L.D.N., nutritional biochemist and author. “The combination of fiber and flavonoids in this recipe helps to feed and protect the good bacteria in your gut,” he explains. These good bacteria can go on to produce more “feel good” neurotransmitters in the brain which in turn help with mood and weight loss.
Recipe: Blend 1/2 pear, 1/2 banana, 1/4 avocado, 1 cup kale, 1 tablespoon almond butter, 1 cup milk of your choice, and 1/2 cup raw rolled oats.
Nutrition facts: 295 calories, 35g carbohydrates, 9g protein, 17g fat
Chickpeas in a “cookie” recipe? Legumes are great for your gut and your waistline, Talbott says. Chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans, are a great source of filling protein and fiber. Oh, and you can’t even taste them, he adds.
Recipe: Blend 1/2 avocado, 1 banana, 2 tablespoons peanut butter, 2 tablespoon cocoa powder, 1/4 cup rolled oats, 2 tablespoons chickpea protein powder, 3/4 cup milk of your choice.
Nutrition facts: 460 calories, 41g carbohydrates, 23g protein, 27g fat