Nearly everyone is trying to add more fruits and veggies to their diet. We're all busy, it's not always easy to prepare three square nutritious meals daily, but smoothies make packing in the nutrients so simple! It's crazy for me to think back just six years ago when I was first learning to change my lifestyle and eat very healthfully. My first smoothies were overly-thick slop made using recipes on the back on my hemp powder and other supplements. NOT tasty. The whole process seemed like an uncrackable mystery, now I've taught multiple workshops on nutritious smoothie creation and made countless hundreds for myself and others.
It was SO fun and rewarding to show them, live, with a batch of greens, fruits, and other goodies behind me, how to make their own smoothies to exactly their tastes at home. They got wrapped up writing exactly recipes, but you don't need a rolodex or books on perfect smoothies to make them. I use the formula below to churn out perfect smoothies each time:
1 Cup Frozen Fruit
1/4 Cup Nuts, Seeds, or Protein Powder
1.5 to 2 Cups Water, Experiment to find the consistency you like
1 Cup Leafy Greens (baby kale, spinach and chard is especially nutritious and tasty)
Optional - 1 Teaspoon Coconut Oil*
Optional - 1 Tablespoon supplement of choice (like maca, beet root powder, hemp or powdered herbs)
Optional - 1 Tablespoon to 1/4 cup fresh herbs (ginger, mint, and basil are especially yummy)
Optional - A couple of dates for sweetness and iron/nutrient boost
*The coconut oil makes your smoothie amazingly creamy and helps with assimilation of the nutrients in your smoothie. With the coconut oil and the nuts it's like you're consuming a milkshake for breakfast, it's delicious! The nuts and water blend to basically make your own nut milk in the smoothie.
I buy bags of frozen fruit usually but freezing in-season fruits and vegetables is an excellent way to go with your smoothies.
Do you have a go-to healthy recipe or smoothie formula/recipe? AJ and I have this formula down to a science, we love to throw one together before leaving the house, as a snack betweens meals or for dinner. I used to have three smoothies per day but fell off from it, maybe that should be a challenge for 2017! Let's get creative and make getting healthier delicious, too.