Smoothie Basics

So to give a bit of background, these are amazingly healthy options. They can be a snack or a meal replacement, depending on what you are looking to do.Now, as I mentioned in my last post, you can make ANY of the wonderful recipes over at Simple Green Smoothies, which I LOVE. They got me into the whole green smoothies thing in the first place. Now, I make my own up as I go cuz I’m pretty much an expert (lol), but It definitely follows their handy guide loosely.

To make these smoothies, you wanna have at least 3 components:

  • Greens

  • Liquid

  • Flavourings

  • Protein and Fat (If you’re using this as a meal replacement)

Green Vegetables

Any greens will do, but I would start with kale or spinach just because some others like dandelion or arugula can be very strong.

Liquid Base

These can be water, milk, almond/coconut milk, coconut water – whatever, depending on what you like.

Smoothie Flavours

Flavourings do not mean some weird powder. Here, they are berries, fruit, cacao, peanut/almond butter, etc. in some combination that you like. You can end up with a mint chocolate, PB&J, tropical fruits, the sky really is the limit.

Protein and Fat

This is the fun part. Obviously, you can buy a protein powder – if you do, try to find either natural or one sweetened with stevia. There are so many on the market that this is a quick option, and one that stores well in a cabinet. However, if you are using whole foods, you can do this no problem as well.

The sky is pretty much the limit here for non-animal sources. I like hemp hearts, chia seeds, flax seeds, avocado, coconut oil, protein powder, nut butter – whichever you like. There are various differences in fat and protein content in each, but you can choose what you need based on your dietary requirements.

Extra Superfood Boost

To top it all off, you can blend in a superfood if you would like to boost the nutrition of your smoothie even further. Now, it’s already going to be insanely good for you, but you can always pop in a dash of cinnamon, matcha green tea, acai berries, or gogi berries.

The best thing about smoothies is that they NEVER get boring. You can keep them low calorie and high protein if you like or you can really beef up the calories and macros to make them a full meal for when you’re on the go. They’re full of nutrients and fibre too, so they should keep you full for quite a while.

If you’re concerned about sugar content in fruits, or even your own blood sugar, have a look at this chart. LifeSpa also has some great information on how to understand the sugars in your fruits and berries. Keep the amount of sugars in mind and choose low sugar fruits and berries when you’re blending and you’ll have all of your bases covered!

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