Long gone are the days of simple smoothies made of frozen fruit and yogurt or milk. Today, smoothies are used as channels for all the superfoods, powders, and boosters that we have come to crave and rely on for our daily dose of nutrition! There are so many herbs and ingredients I'm dying to add to my blended concoctions every day. Nonetheless, every so often I find myself staring into my blender and wondering, ‘What the heck can I throw in there?’. For your sake and mine, here are six steps to help dummy-proof those blender gone blank moments. This little guide can also help you avoid those “swamp smoothies” that end of tasting like chalk and ruining all those expensive powders and foods used because you got a little crazy with the blender!
The base of the smoothie is the liquid component. From nut milks to fruit and veggie juices or even coconut water, the possibilities are endless! You’ll need about 1 cup of liquid to make a 16 oz smoothie.
JAWellbeing tip: I generally use organic almond milk from Pacific. But occasionally, I'll throw in frozen coconut milk and a splash of coconut water!
FRUIT AND VEGGIES
Get creative! If you can’t find it in the frozen fruit section, buy fresh, slice and dice, and freeze in pre-portioned freezer bags. Don’t stop there, why not add some veggies to the mix too? Zucchini, kale and other leafy greens, cucumber and even carrots and squash can make great additions to smoothies. You’ll need about 2 cups of fruits and veggies, frozen or fresh to make a 16 oz serving.
JAWellbeing tip: In the AM, I usually drink anything green. Think organic spinach and kale, parsley, celery, green apple, lemon, and ginger to alkalize the body!
The additions of protein powders and potions are the reasons I love a good smoothie. There are so many different varieties of plant-based protein powders to try, each with their own unique benefits and tasty flavors. Experiment and be sure to change up your routine every now and then. From hemp protein powder to pea protein and even fermented mushroom protein, find the one that works best for you.
JAWellbeing tip: I'm not a fan of whey protein for women. Try organic plant based powders! Go to your local whole foods or natural grocer and ask the employee in charge of the department!
Here’s where I get creative and boost the nutrition, alkalinity and overall health benefits of my smoothies. From mushroom powders to immunity herbs and spices to blue-green algae, just don’t get carried away, these are potent ingredients and a little goes a long way.
JAWellbeing tip: I'm currently in love with Sun Potion adaptogens. I've been rotating Reishi, He Shou Wu, and Ashwagananda in my concoctions! Also, turmeric, turmeric, turmeric!
FUEL WITH FATS
Sometimes you just want something a bit richer and more decadent than a typical day. Try boosting your base using an avocado or young coconut meat for an extra thick and creamy treat or add a tablespoon of hemp or flax oil for those omega 3′s or MCT oil to boost metabolism and aid with energy and focus.
JAWellbeing tip: I like to add a tsp of coconut oil or almond butter!
I prefer to go au natural and embrace the natural sweetness of the fruit I choose, but when you really crave that boost of sweetness I opt for an unrefined liquid version like honey and coconut nectar that still have some nutrients and health benefit to them.
JAWellbeing tip: I use all natural or manuka honey, never agave, or stevia!