The Healthy Way I Kick-Start My Day

Everything you need to know about my morning smoothie…

Quick Note: This post is about something that works for me and my body, so I’m excited to share! But know this is *my* personal experience after lots and lots of trial and error. Always do what is best for YOU.

Honestly, I’m not sure how I am just now writing this post! I’m asked about my morning smoothie *all* the time… so I’m happy to finally share the recipe and what works for me.

This smoothie has been a staple during my morning routine for quite some time. (And you-know-what also is a morning must for me!) I shared a bit about my regular smoothie when I discussed how to start adopt a gluten- and dairy-free lifestyle, but below are *all* the details!

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Corkcicle 24 oz tumblers // glass smoothie straws // Vitamix blender

The Morning Smoothie Backstory

In 2018, I read Kelly Leveque’s book Body Love and it changed everything dietary (truly!) for me. As someone who has always (as far back as I could remember) struggled with food intolerances and digestive issues, I have I found so much wisdom in her book. I had been to countless doctors and never quite found a grasp on what my body actually needed for fuel, especially given my restrictions. I often found myself dizzy, tired, hungry, and, as you can imagine, frustrated. I am not exaggerating when I say that her book *changed* my life.

To summarize it in a short and sweet version, Kelly talks about the importance of including the Fab 4 in every meal: protein, fat, fiber, and greens. There is obviously much more that goes into it, but let me tell you just how helpful and powerful that has been for me. Especially in the morning!

Starting my day with a meal that has protein, fat, fiber, and greens truly sets my entire day up for success. I feel good, full, and not in the least bit dizzy. I’m no longer snacking an hour later because I’m just so hungry… my days are so much better overall because I FEEL so much better.

I didn’t realize it, but the breakfast foods I were eating (even though they were healthy) were actually really messing with my blood sugar, making me feel loopy. So I did a deep dive into my blood sugar issues last year (with the help of a Levels glucose monitor) and I was shocked to see how effective this really was. I could actually see how my body reacted to the smoothie—so wild!

All of this to say, I have had some version of Kelly’s Fab 4 smoothie combination almost every single day for the last four (!) years. Yes, this may seem kind of nuts (ha!), but I live for the routine and truly it works for me! So here’s the healthy smoothie recipe I swear by.


My *Every Day* Morning Smoothie Recipe
Fab 4 Smoothie (serves one)

2 cups liquid (I use unsweetened almond milk and a splash of water)

1-2 Tbsp fat (almond butter, peanut butter, etc.)

1-2 Tbsp fiber (chia seeds)

1 scoop of protein powder (I use Garden of Life, vanilla or chocolate)

1 GIANT handful of greens (spinach, kale, etc.)

1 handful of ice

Add all ingredients in a blender (this one I use and love!) and mix until smooth. Pour into a cup (here’s what I drink my smoothie in) and enjoy!

*Note: Almost all of the smoothies I make are fruit free. If I do add something, it’s typically a handful of frozen berries, but again, I feel so much better sans banana. I know, crazy, but it’s true for me!

I like to keep my smoothie recipes super simple, because I’m typically making them at like 6:15 AM and I honestly do not want to get creative that early, so I stick to the most basic of basics. But Kelly has so many great combinations for Fab 4 smoothies that I would highly recommend, like this Green Apple Smoothie and Cherry Cacao Smoothie (I’ve tried both and loved!).


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  1. Thanks for sharing this, Ashley! I read Body Love and Body Love Every Day last year and they were both life-changing. I feel SO much better when I follow Kelly’s Fab Four approach (and she’s really upped my smoothie game :)). I’m curious about trying a continuous glucose monitor at some point. I’m fascinated by the science of it all!

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