I am a huge fan of smoothies. They provide a nourishing breakfast or lunch on the go and they are a great way for me to also sneak some extra fruit, veggies or even protein into my diet (and my daughter’s).
The trick to making a good smoothie?
Well, there are a few…or a handful.
First? Make sure you are actually concocting a smoothie and not a milkshake? You might think I’m joking around but often when I see smoothie recipes online or in magazines they pack a whopping amount of calories and look more like a treat/dessert than a nutritious meal.
Second: Remember that smoothies are not freebies when it comes to calories. I often see people drinking smoothies with a full meal. Unless you are in hardcore training this is probably a bit of overkill unless of course you are having a snack sized smoothie. Smoothies are a great breakfast but adding them to an existing breakfast of bacon, eggs, hashbrowns and toast isn’t going to help you get to your goals.
Third: Consider investing in a decent blender that can easily mix ice or frozen berries. On the cheaper side would be the Magic Bullet or Ninja. If you are a heavy blender user, consider investing more and trying a Vitamix or Blendtec blender. I personally use a Vitamix Pro 750 which I upgraded to after using the Magic Bullet for a year. I wore it out and had always coveted a Vitamix. I love the warranty, durability and versatility but it is pricy and not for everyone. Do your homework and find something that meets your needs.
Fourth: Ditch the juice…so many smoothies call for juice as a key ingredient. Juice has a lot of sugar and very little fibre. Stick to fresh or frozen fruits and veggies and use water, coconut water, greek yogurt, or milk to help blend it up.
Five: Don’t be afraid to kick it up a notch with protein powder (I like Vega One), chia seeds, flaxseed, etc.
Looking for some green smoothie inspiration? Check out this Buzzfeed Roundup.
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