Before I started drinking smoothies, I found it very hard to eat 8 fruits and vegetables per day. I just didn't like them that much! I much preferred my cereal, toast, and those tempting Cadberry Chocolate Eggs (especially around this time of year). Now that I have started drinking smoothies, it's easy to get those fruit and veggie counts up! Not only that, but you can add other nutritious things to pump up the nutrition that much more!
I remember that first time I started using my friend's VitaMix blender to make my smoothies. It was all a big adventure. I ended up getting rather ill by the time I had finished my smoothie. But that was the one and only time I got sick. That was two years ago!
Now I've got my own BlendTec and since I'm not promoting any one mixer over the other, can I just say that I preferred the VitaMix? It seemed like it didn't work as hard, was not as loud, and it comes with a spatula-like tool I could stir the ingredients with while it was mixing. But be as it might, here is what I do to make my Smoothies.
First, the greens. Of course there are plenty of varieties of greens and I know that. But I am a creature of habit and I've become used to the convenience of picking up my 2 bags of spinach and spring mix at the market. I occasionally use arugula or mustard greens, kale or even chard. But usually it's the same combo of Spinach and Spring Mix. I add about 1 1/2 - 2 cups.
Next I add a minimum of 3 whole fruits. Today it was 2 bananas, 1 cup of strawberries and 1 slice of fresh pineapple. Many times I add frozen fruits, such as blueberries or blackberries.
On top of all this I add about 1 1/2 cup of water, rice milk or almond milk and 3/4 cup of ice.
Then I add the turbo nutrition, the add-ins, and the flavor enhancers. That can be 1 or more of any of the following:
chia seeds - 1 teaspoon or more Good for digestion, diabetes 2 prevention, great source of fiber, manganese, protein, tryptophan. And much more! See this article for more details!
Coconut Oil - 1 Tablespoon - Good for skin, hair, brain supplement, prevention for dementia, Alzheimers, can prevent allergies and boosts energy. Read up here!
Whey Protein Powder, vanilla flavor - 1 or 2 scoops - Adds some flavor while increasing the protein content and fairly low in calories!
Organic Green Tea Powder - 1/2 teaspoon - Great for energy and focus, lots of antioxidants, I use organic Matcha Green Tea Powder!
Powdered Fiber Supplement, peach flavor - 1 scoop = 12 g - Great for appetite control, digestion, and cancer prevention. I order mine from a health and wellness company I've used for a long time--can I say years?
Sweetener - I use a non-GMO Stevia product to add sweetness if needed. Sometimes I'll use honey.
Other things I'd like to try: Silken tofu, pomegranate juice, kefir, flaxseed,
I'm sure there are so many more things that you could add to make a super nutritious smoothie, I'm still experimenting and learning. What do you like to add to your smoothies for super nutrition?
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