I love smoothies. A lot. I have at least one every day. And I’m not talking about the syrupy mixes of fruit and sugary yogurt. Those are dessert. A smoothie done right is filling, hydrating, and really effing nutritious. My smoothies aren’t always the same, but they all have the same general formula:
- WHY: Do I have to tell you why? Because veggies, that’s why. Don’t let this freak you out. If you’ve never tried them in a smoothie, start with a small handful. You’ll be surprised how well they blend in. Promise. And before you know it, you’ll be wondering if you can fit just one more fistful into that blender and where you can buy in bulk (Costco, guys. Costco)
- TRY: Kale and spinach are my go-to’s, and I love the power greens and other mixes from organicgirl. Can’t keep your greens fresh? Freeze them!
- WHY: Healthy fats deserve their own post. It’s coming. But for now, know that they help keep you full, they are essential to your body functioning properly, they can aid in nutrient absorption, and no, healthy fats will NOT make you fat on their own!
- TRY: seeds like chia, flax and hemp (I keep a big mason jar with a blend of all 3 in the fridge so I’m ready to go), nut butter (make sure there is no sugar added!) – my favorites are plain almond butter and NuttZo Power Fuel), and avocado (holy creamy smoothie).
- WHY: well, because otherwise just have a salad
- TRY: water, sugar free almond milk, coconut milk, brewed and cooled green tea or coffee. Start with a little and add as you need to get the consistency you like.
- WHY: protein is essential to building and repairing muscles. In your smoothie, it adds some substance for satiety and also some flavor.
- TRY: I like very clean plant-based powders like Sunwarrior and Healthy Skoop, but there are some other clean, high-quality powders, like Vital Proteins and Tera’s Whey.
- WHY: Why not?
- TRY: veggies that thicken like cauliflower rice, (just TRY it people) and canned pumpkin, and healthy additions like collagen peptides, acai powder, chlorella, spirulina, and matcha tea, and spices like turmeric also work well
- WHY: if all of your ingredients are chilled, you may not need anything frozen
- TRY: ice cubes are the quick and easy choice, but I like to use some frozen greens or cauliflower rice or a few frozen berries to eliminate the need for ice
I’d love to hear how your experiments go. Drop me a line with comments or questions. Happy blending!