When the warm weather arrives….I begin to think about SMOOTHIES. I love love starting my day with a sweet and nutrient rich smoothie….I just FEEL healthier!! I recommend always adding in greens to your smoothie…if you’re worried about the taste, start with spinach. There is very little taste and you will find it adds a nice creaminess. As you become ore adjusted to the tastes then you can try some different variety of greens such as kale. Remember, the more greens you can pack in….the better.
Also to note, to keep the glycemic index low on your smoothie, I recommend adding protein of some sort. You can add a nice CLEAN (watch your ingredients) protein powder or a few tablespoons of seeds such as hemp, flax and or chia (or a mixture). I’ve also used some silken tofu for something different…you’ll figure out what works for you. If you need it “sweeter” then a protein powder that is flavored, like vanilla, may be your best option. Make sure it is sweetened with stevia as many have hidden sugars and artificial sweeteners in them. As yummy as fruit makes your smoothie, it can be a sugar loaded drink if you’re not careful – do your best to balance it out with the veggies and proteins – this will balance it out, help control the spike it could have to your blood sugars, and help ensure you are getting lots of the good stuff so it holds you over longer and keeps you from being hungry.
SO WHAT IS THE DEAL WITH SMOOTHIES?
WHY ARE THEY GOOD FOR YOU?
- Chock full of vitamins, enzymes and minerals
- Easy to digest, which mean optimal assimilation of your nutrients
- Great for stabilizing blood sugar (make sure your smoothie has a healthy fat and protein – these are key for blood sugar stabilization)
- A fabulous way to consume a variety of different fruits or vegetables at one time
- Terrific for cleansing the body of toxicity
- An easy way to add more fiber to your diet for optimal bowel function
Smoothies will give you more energy & are my favorite healthy “on-the-go” meal. Here is my favorite basic smoothie – you can change up the fruit but you get the general idea…..my favorite (at the moment) is a combination of pineapple and greens with a vanilla powder….SO YUMMY!
Angela’s Favorite Green Smoothie (BASIC)
1 1⁄2 cups water or almond milk
2 handfuls of chopped organic kale, spinach or power greens mix
1 small (or half large) frozen ripe banana
1 cup of frozen berries (blueberries, strawberries or any fruit combo)
1 scoop of plant based vanilla protein powder
1 tbsp of sprouted ground flax or chia
Blend greens and water until smooth first. Then add rest of ingredients until blended. Add a few ice cubes to make it thicker if necessary. To me the key here is frozen fruit & frozen bananas. When my bananas begin getting ripe I peel, break in half, and put in a ziplock bag in the freezer…then they are easy to pull out and throw in the blender!