If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve likely seen me mention Kelly LeVeque and her brilliance behind her Be Well brand. Kelly is a holistic nutritionist and wellness expert, and while attempting to get rid of the stubborn baby weight in a healthy way, I reached out to her for a consultation.
I’ll get more into this in a future post, but for now, I wanted to talk about one of her main approaches to meals. Because whether you’re also dealing with a postpartum body or are simply trying to live well, there’s something to be learned.
Specifically, Kelly is all about the “fab four” when it comes to meals, a combo and term she’s coined. This means incorporating four things into every meal: fiber, healthy fat, protein, and greens. Kelly breaks down the science in her book and on her site, but in layman’s terms, this combination keeps you full, balances energy and insulin, and provides stable nutrients. Yes plz!
Let’s just say that after one smoothie (or meal), you’ll understand. I’ve recently switched to having a fab four smoothie most mornings, and I can honestly say I feel satiated until well into the day. My body feels incredibly balanced, and best of all, I’m not noticing the 3 pm dip that can come with a lot of meals. Andddd I’m noticing the weight start to move again.
If you’re interested in learning more, again, check out her site, but for now, I’ll leave you with my morning smoothie recipe as of late. P.S. Kelly doesn’t force smoothies to be fruit-free, but since I’m attempting to lose weight, I’ve been skipping it for now. If you’re wanting a little fruit, keep it to 1/4 cups. The items in bold are the fab four musts, and the rest are healthy additions or necessary for a smoothie consistency.
- 2 handfuls of spinach (greens)
- 2 tbsp chia seeds (fiber)
- 1 tbsp nut butter OR 2 tbsp coconut oil (healthy fat)
- 1 serving of vanilla protein powder (protein)
- 2 cups unsweetened nut milk
- 1 tbsp cacao powder
- Can add 1/4 banana or 1/2 date if you want to make it sweeter