Kristin Cavallari’s Green Smoothie and Other Weight Loss Foods She Swears By
Between her new reality series and her accessories business, Kristin Cavallari is one busy woman. But, a hectic work schedule — and keeping up with three small children — doesn’t stop her from leading a healthy lifestyle. In fact, the reality star makes it a point to start each day off on a healthy foot with a nutritious green smoothie.
Up ahead, we take a closer look at Kristin Cavallari’s green smoothie recipe, plus other foods she eats for health and weight loss.
The green smoothie recipe Kristin Cavallari swears by
In her cookbook, True Roots: A Mindful Kitchen with More Than 100 Recipes Free of Gluten, Dairy, and Refined Sugar, Cavallari shares her fan-favorite Minty Green Smoothie recipe. “I have a smoothie almost every morning, and this one is so good you will forget it’s actually healthful,” she writes. “The peppermint in this smoothie saved me during the first trimester of my third pregnancy. I was incredibly nauseous and this smoothie (which tastes like an ice-cream shake) calmed my stomach,” she added. Want to try Cavallari’s famous green smoothie? Peep the recipe below.
- 1 1/4 cups of almond milk
- One avocado, peeled and pitted
- One handful of spinach stems removed
- One frozen banana
- One heaping tablespoon of honey
- 1/4 teaspoon spirulina powder
- 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon of peppermint extract (not oil)
Combine ingredients in a blender — including the peppermint extract to taste — and blend until “smooth and creamy.” Once it reaches the desired consistency, pour into a glass and enjoy!
In addition to her green smoothie, Cavallari sticks to a healthy diet full of real, whole foods. Discover her go-to weight loss foods, ahead.
You might be surprised to see sugar on the list, but it’s not exactly what you think. During her days on The Hills, Cavallari admittingly deprived herself of certain foods and stuck to mostly low-fat, low-calorie items. Since then, she has learned the importance of whole foods and now tries to steer clear of GMO, processed, and specific ingredients. As a result, she’s swapped out her pantry staples — including sugar — for healthier options.
Instead of using sugar or brown sugar in recipes, Cavallari uses coconut sugar. She also replaces traditional sweeteners with maple syrup or agave nectar. In addition to sugar, she prefers brown rice or oat flour over a classic white flour and cooks exclusively with olive or coconut oil.
Eggs and quinoa
As you can probably guess, sugary cereal is a no-go in Cavallari’s household. She instead starts her mornings with either a green smoothie or a fried egg with quinoa, spinach, and bacon. She also mixes things up with scrambled eggs or oatmeal mixed with coconut oil, maple syrup, and ground flaxseeds. And, if she wants something fruity, she reaches for overnight chia-oat cups with berries, shaved coconut, chocolate chips, and almonds.
If she doesn’t have leftovers, Cavallari likes to make homemade soup for lunch. And, like many of her other recipes, she has a trick for making creamy soups healthy. In her book, Balancing in Heels, Cavallari says she avoids heavy cream by soaking cashews in water and pureeing them. The creamy concoction works excellent in many soup recipes, but Cavallari prefers them in asparagus and tomato soups.
With a focus on health, Cavallari takes her family’s meals into serious consideration. That said, she doesn’t deprive them — or herself — of indulgent foods like hamburgers. Her trick for making them healthy? Serve them bunless with a side salad! Without the bread, burgers can make for an excellent source of protein, veggies, and healthy fats (especially if you add avocado on top).
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