Smoothies are a great way to get in lots of nutrients and whole foods. However some store bought smoothies are absolutely jam packed with sugar, so be cautious when buying. My solution? Make your own at home.
Here’s how to make a perfect smoothie -sometimes I find the best ones I make are just thrown together with whatever I have in the kitchen, so I have started writing down what I put in them so I can recreate some new recipes.
Choose your fruit and/or vegetables
You can use absolutely any fruits and/or vegetables that you like. I always peel mine, and remove any seeds or stones that may be present. Some ideas include; spinach, kale, avocado, mango, banana, berries, kiwifruit, pineapple, lemons, and limes.
Add some liquid
This can sometimes be the tricky part as there is tons of sugar in lots of beverages these day. Generally try and stick to water, coconut water, or long life milks such as coconut or almond milk.
Make it creamy
You want a smoothie to have some thickness to it so chuck in one or more of the following ingredients to help you achieve a creamy texture and to add more nutrients. Chia seeds, ice cubes, coconut oil, coconut cream, yoghurt, cream, peanut butter or rolled oats. If you haven’t already used avocado in the first step, then this is another amazing ingredient to make smoothies nice and creamy.
You can pack a bunch of flavouring into a small glass, use these ingredients to help give your smoothie a more sweet or spicy taste. Maple syrup, honey, vanilla extract, fig, cinnamon, or mint.
There are so many foods available to us now that add so many benefits to our lives. This is where we supercharge our smoothie with ingredients that are considered to be very beneficial; think along the lines of bee pollen, protein powder, spirulina, fish oil, goji berries, cocao powder, maca powder, acai powder, and any natural raw seeds.
I recommend investing in a decent blender, as it is such a great tool to have in your kitchen. Play around with different ingredients and find the flavours that work best for you. Some smoothies you can even make the night before, store in a mason jar and use for a quick breakfast or snack the next day.