Smoothie recipes fill Pinterest boards and cookbooks. They are often touted as the perfect on-the-go breakfast. And they CAN be. But depending on the ingredients you use, they can also become unhealthy calorie bombs. Starting your day with sugar and saturated fat isn’t healthy even if it comes out of a blender and has a little spinach in it.
Here’s a few guidelines to help you out.
- Organic fruit is always a great base, however, adding spinach, kale and carrots can be amazing too! You can’t even taste them!
- If you are looking to add a creamy texture, avocados and bananas are wonderful. Stay away from sugary yogurts.
- Avoid juices and dairy products as they have lots of added sugars. I love coconut water, coconut milk, and all nut milks.
- Use fresh ingredients or frozen organic. Blueberries and strawberries are very high in antioxidants and contain the most antioxidants of fresh berries and may help reduce the build-up of cholesterol in the arteries. Avoid canned fruit juice and syrup, most likely it will be filled with tons of sugar.
- Ditch recipes that call for creams, ice cream or chocolate syrup.
- Flavor your smoothie with spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, vanilla or unsweetened cocoa powder.
Experiment and have fun! Here’s my favorite 3 minute power smoothie. It will give you a good place to start.
- 1 cup of frozen organic berries
- 8 oz. coconut water
- 2 oz. nut milk
- ½ cup of spinach
- ½ cup of plant based, non-gmo protein
- (optional: avocado)
- Blend all ingredients and drink up!