Smoothies are probably my favorite way to add to my daily intake of fruits and veggies. I have at least one a day, so I thought I’d share with you my tips for creating your own go-to smoothie recipe!
- Unsweetened almond milk
Veggies (always frozen raw or after cooking):
- Sweet potato, steamed
- Butternut squash, steamed
- Kale, raw or steamed
- Cauliflower, raw or steamed
- Zucchini, raw or steamed
- Frozen banana
- Frozen mixed berries
- Greens powder
- Adaptogen blend
- Coconut oil
- Kamut Puffs
- Nut butter
Putting it all together:
Your smoothie routine should be replicable day after day, which is why I use only two different bases. Water for most smoothies and almond milk for more “dessert” type recipes.
Using frozen vegetables and fruits is the trick (along with starting with a smaller amount of liquid than you think you need) to making soft-serve like consistency in your smoothies. I like to eat mine with a spoon so that texture is especially desirable! If you live in a region with harsh winters like I do it is often more affordable to buy frozen produce than fresh. For things like sweet potatoes and bananas I actually prepare and freeze them in bulk myself because it’s cheaper that way! I’ve tested out adding many different types of veggies to smoothies and for me the list above represents ones that blend into a creamy smoothie without adding too much grit or flavor that just doesn’t “go” with the rest of the smoothie. Buying frozen goods doesn’t mean that they are less nutritious than fresh (it can actually be the opposite if the produce is currently out of season in your area).
Snacking on fruit throughout the day is a habit of mine so I tend to limit the amount I put in each smoothie. Bananas are bought fresh and then cut up before I freeze them so I can use about 1/3 – 1/2 of a banana in each smoothie. I use avocado (unfrozen) if I want a heartier smoothie with a mousse-like texture. Berries add a bit of sweetness and extra antioxidants.
Add-ins and Toppings:
My favorite greens powders are the ones made by Amazing Grass. I like the Original, Alkalize+Detox or Detox+Digest blends. SunPotion makes a great adaptogen blend. As always, Hammer Nutrition (click here for a 15% discount code to use there) makes some of my favorite protein powders but I also like Whole Foods brand Vegan Sport Protein, Amazing Meal or SFH Whey. Recently I started using collagen*** from Vital Proteins in my smoothies and I’m really eager to try their whey!
Most of my smoothies are made into bowls so I like to pile on the toppings. I love Kamut Puffs for their texture and size (a bunch of brands make them) and Purely Elizabeth granola for their flavors and on-point ingredients. PerfectBars are delicious and of course good old peanut and almond butter are staples in my smoothie routine.
I hope this post helps you create your go-to smoothie recipe! Doing so will save you serious time and money 🙂
***”When you chew, drink, or swallow collagen, it immediately hits your digestive tract. You digest it the same way you do any other natural protein: into individual amino acids. Your body can’t bring those aminos directly to the site of the injury in order to create or rebuild tendons and ligaments. ‘There’s no evidence that I’ve seen that what you’re ingesting can actually be used by your body…It goes through your body and comes out as waste,'”Please read this article about collagen to learn more. Personally I use it as a tasteless, highly-blendable source of protein with very low to no carbs. There are a lot of claims out there about ingesting and/or taking collagen orally and its benefits, that article helps debunk them!