Hello and welcome!!! I decided that my first EVER blog post should be about the one thing I get the most questions about:
“What do I put in my smoothie everyday?”
I use the smoothie as a way to get good nutrition into my son and husband, to get a quick healthy breakfast into me as I run out the door to teach Zumba, and mostly to sneak KALE into our bodies. (The boys are not big fans of this superfood!)
I am going to be very product specific, I have tried a lot of things and these are my favorites. Feel free to modify your choices, just remember to use organic and non-GMO choices. 🙂
See. Kale!!! Shhhhh, Don’t tell them 😉
First thing first. You need a good blender. A little 30.00 Oster blender will not stand up to the daily smoothie. It will get you going, but if you are going to make this a daily choice for your health you will need to invest in something that can handle it.
Personally I use a Ninja blender, I find the individual cups super handy. Here is a link: Nutri Ninja
Secondly, you will need a good protein powder. I LOVE Nutiva products. Specifically the Hemp protein high fiber blend. It is dairy free which is a must for me. Hemp is an amazing source of protein and tastes great in the smoothie. Hemp is a plant based protein full of essential amino acids and Omega 3 and 6. It is also a sustainable, renewable, and an environmentally friendly plant. Here are your links:
With my protein powder I also add the Standard Process SP Complete, a vegan source of Whole Food Nutrition. SP Complete contains rice protein, an extremely bio-available source of protein. It is a non-dairy source of amino acids. It supports healthy liver function and contains Flaxseed, grapeseed extracts, and cruciferous vegetables.
Here is a link to the Standard Process website for SP Complete, although this product must be ordered through a healthcare professional. (like me!)
Now that the official business is out of the way, let’s make a smoothie!!
- Water and Chia Seeds
- Berries and banana
- Coconut Oil
- Raw honey
- Top off with juice
Here are some in depth details of my favorite smoothie items~
Nutiva Coconut oil and Raw Honey
Nutiva Coconut Oil is Organic, Non-GMO, and does not harden to rock form when it’s cold. Coconut Oil is a dense energy source, great for your brain, and helps curb your appetite.
Raw honey!! LOVE! Such a great way to sweeten up your smoothie plus it has 80 different substances important to human nutrition. Raw honey contains vitamins, minerals, live enzymes, hormones, it is anti-microbial, and anti-bacterial.
The Fruit of the smoothie.
I love to cut up my bananas ahead of time when they are perfectly ripe and freeze them all sliced up and ready to go. I use a very large cup of blueberries. They are such a wonderful superfood. I get the Costco organic berries, make sure you buy organic when you get blueberries, they are FULL of pesticides when they are not organic. I also love the organic Anti-oxidant berry mix from Costco…just make sure you get some berries!!
Speaking of Costco.. it is a great place to get your greens. Once you get that giant bag home dispense it into smaller ziplocks and freeze them in a gallon ziplock bag. Keep the used, empty ziplocks in the freezer and refill them. I can prep a months worth of greens into 3 gallon size ziplocks.
The Juice. Be Careful with this!
I do not use a lot of juice in my smoothie. They add a lot of sugar to the mix. I love this Santa Cruz organic mango blend. Watch for added sugar. Make sure you get JUICE and not sugar water. You can always make your own juice. 🙂
I love to juice. Juicing makes me super happy! You can take lemons, oranges, limes…anything you want really, juice it and make ice cubes to drop into your smoothie later. I take organic lemons, peel and all, blend them and make ice cubes for our smoothies. So much nutrition in that peel and it’s a great way to get the benefits!
One last piece of advice. Soak your chia seeds for a bit before you blend. I put the water and chia seeds in about 30 minutes before I make my smoothie. Chia seeds are amazing, full of calcium, fiber, anti-oxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Here is a link giving you 10 great reasons to eat these everyday.
Enjoy your smoothies!! I wish you a healthy and happy day!