Smoothies are so much more than they used to be, you no longer have to think of a smoothie filled with only fruit, milk and frozen yogurt. They are now powerhouses of superfoods, protein powders, boosters and delicious fresh greens that help give us our daily dose of nutrients.
Here is a simple guide to help you create a smoothie with the perfect balance of protein, fat, fibre and greens.
I like to keep my smoothies simple and full of goodness with more greens & superfoods and less fruit. If you are new to superfood, green smoothies then try starting with 1 cup of fruit and add less each time. My basic formula is above, you can change any ingredients to suit your day or to use the ingredients you have in your fridge. Try stay stocked with baby spinach and coconut water each week.
Here are some tips that have helped me along the way:
- FREEZE all the fruit you want to use (blueberries, banana’s, strawberries, pineapple etc) – this makes your smoothie creamier and you don’t have to add extra ice cubes.
- Your superfood options are just that – they super charge a regular smoothie with all the extra goodness you need, this is where you get to boost the nutrition, alkalinity and overall heath benefits of your smoothie. You can change your options daily according to your needs.
- If you don’t have ingredients like almond milk or kefir try adding other alternatives like regular full fat yogurt, coconut milk or regular milk. When you find a brand you love or decide to make your own almond milk then you can also freeze any excess milk in ice trays and you can add that to your smoothies when needed.
- Our biggest mistake with a smoothie is that we add too many fruits or sweetened nut milks and nut butters. Your ingredients should be simple and unsweetened. You don’t need more than half cup of fruit per serving.
Happy blending and don’t be afraid to get creative with your smoothies x
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