- Fruits - fresh (skin on, if possible for whole nutrition), frozen, canned
- Veggies - steamed and cooled, frozen, canned
- peanut butter (natural)
- milk, cream, eggnog, yogurt, frozen yogurt, silken tofu, splash of orange juice to thin (any juice)
- healthy add-ins - wheat germ, ground flax seed, oat bran, green tea (see below)
- flavor add-ins - pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, cocoa powder, coconut (creamed is awesome), coffee, lemon, lime, mint syrup, nutmeg, vanilla extract (any extract, really), fresh herbs (just bruised - mint, lemon balm, bee balm, lavender, basil, cilantro, etc...)
- Add the green to taste – start with a handful, and work your way up, as you get used to the new ingredient in your mix
- Lemon juice is a pungent over-powering ingredient to mask odd tastes, but also gives a fresh spin in your traditional smoothie. Add a few squirts to your next one.
- Always use the whole fruit in your smoothie, as opposed to fruit juice or peeling it. If you’re going to make it good for you, then take the time to use whole, fresh foods
- A lot of people like bananas in their smoothies – it makes it creamy and thick
- Frozen fruits make it thick, cold and refreshing. Try freezing your favourites in chunks so they are ready to go
- Silken tofu doesn’t add any taste but a great creamy consistency with a load of protein
- Keep it simple: choose two fruits that compliment each other, some greens, and added protein (tofu, yogurt, cashews (really))
- If you want, add high-quality protein powder, like hemp protein
- Don’t try to make it gross. Putting 5 handfuls of kale in a blender with half-banana won’t sell you. And no, maple syrup won’t make it better.
- Collards and spinach are the most neutral in taste
- Add 1/4 to 1/2 of an avocado for extra creaminess and healthy fats
- flaxmeal adds a boost of Omega-3s and fibre
- Try using dates instead of sugar or other sweeteners if you need some extra sweetness in your smoothie
Try these combination or add to a current favourite. Mix and match your favourite fruits with a few greens and some add-ins to up the health benefits. Blend all ingredients (frozen fruit works best), adding water to desired consistency, and enjoy.
Banana Bread: 1/2 banana, 3 dates, greens, and 1/4 cup walnuts (soaked overnight)
PB & J: 1 tablespoon peanut butter, 1 cup strawberries, greens, and 1/2 banana (optional)
Tropical Twist: 1 cup pineapple chunks, 1 cup mango chunks, greens, 3 tablespoons hemp seeds
Our standby: 1/2 avocado, 1 cup fruit, 3 handfuls spinach, 1 scoop hemp protein powder, a date or two (depending on fruit)
Cooked brown rice: you can purchase brown or unpolished rice (more fibrous and less starchy) from your local health food store. Cook it and leave to cool before uses.
- Acidophilus, Bee pollen (yikes!), Brewer's yeast, Calcium powder, Chlorella powder, Chlorophyll liquid or powder, Lecithin powder or granules, Protein powder, Spirulina powder, Vitamin C powder, Wheat bran
I realize I am ignoring the pink elephant here....but.....now that we are back....can we pretend this whole year never happened and just move on to the next project? ;) Please? Yes?! I hoped you'd say that! Hopefully I can keep up something here as the year goes on...maybe not every week, but forward progress of some kind....
Less is more, my friends...keep it simple. ♥♥♥