Guide to Making Smoothies
Smoothies are a great way to get a punch of vitamins, minerals and nutrients into your morning. They’re also excellent for those who are on the go and may not have the time to make a healthy breakfast. Smoothies don’t have to be just for breakfast though – if you’re strapped for time but still need to have a meal, pulling out the blender and whipping up a smoothie is a great habit to get in to. Here’s a basic guideline to make sure you’re creating a healthy, well-rounded smoothie.
Pick a Fruit
Frozen fruit is my preference in a smoothie, although fresh fruit will do just fine. Blueberries, strawberries and peaches are my favourite choices. Make sure you're using no more than 1/2 cup of fruit in a smoothie to ensure your carbohydrate and sugar content is lower.
Toss in a Veggie
A handful of baby spinach or baby kale is a great addition to any smoothie. Putting a dark leafy green into your smoothie gives a nutrient punch as well as a healthy veggie serving into your day.
Add a Kick of Protein
There are a ton of different protein powders out there. My preference is to have a multivitamin-fortified vegan protein powder as well as a whey protein powder on hand and switch up the powder you use each day. Check out one of my go-to protein powders HERE.
And a Fat
Think nut butters, avocados and oils (ex. olive oil or coconut oil) for a serving of healthy fat. Fat is important in our diets for so many reasons, from blood sugar regulation right down to overall cellular health. Try adding in one tablespoon into your smoothie.
Boost the Antioxidants
Reducing inflammation in the body is never a bad thing. Increase your antioxidant status by adding in some antioxidant-rich super foods, such as organic matcha green tea, powdered vitamin C or organic spirulina. Added bonus is to add in skin and joint-loving collagen, like Bend Beauty's Marine Collagen + Co-Factors, which you can purchase HERE.
And there you have it – a healthy, nutrient dense smoothie in minutes!