How To Make The Best Smoothie
If you follow my blog or know me you will know that I am obsessed with smoothies. By obsessed I mean I have at least one a day.
I usually start my day with a super smoothie and cram as many super ingredients in to it as possible. A very random but nutritious mix, today my breakfast smoothie contained of almond milk, banana, kale, chai seeds, raw cacao nibs, turmeric, blueberries, strawberries, nut butter, coconut oil and avocado. It doesn’t look the nicest of concoctions but it tasted amazing and is packed full of nutrition and gave me every vitamin under the sun (or most of them).
I love my breakfast smoothies for a number of reasons, here are some smoothie benefits;
1.They are not expensive. I can buy my ingredients at the start of the week and make myself a breakfast every morning for pretty cheap.
2.I don’t like eating first thing in the morning, a smoothie is a good way to start the day.
3.They fill me up until lunch time. If you make a smoothie packed with the right stuff, you can stop yourself craving all morning before lunch.
4.Weight loss. Smoothies are great as they can help you lose weight and also help you stay your current weight.
5.Nutritional value. I can get my daily dose of vitamins and the nutrition I need to stay healthy.
6.Easiness. It literally takes less than 5 minutes to make a smoothie.
7.You can have breakfast to go. Most mornings I will drink mine on the way to work.
8.Beauty Smoothies. Using ingredients like avocado and blueberries to give you great skin, hair and nails.
9.Morning energy. Use your smoothie to get natural energy boosters into your body to kick start the way.
10.Smoothies taste GOOD.
There are so many tasty recipes for smoothies out there, but if you want to go freestyle, here is the best way to build a smoothie;
•Base; Avoid dairy and use 1 cup of almond milk and 1 cup of water as a base. Almond milk is low in fat and the flavor goes with everything. I also like hazelnut and coconut milk too, but they are higher in fat.
•Smooth Smoothie; To get the smooth part of a smoothie, I like to use 1 banana or 2/3 tbsps. of avocado. This gives you a nice creamy smoothie, peaches and mango work too.
•Berries; Get you delicious flavor and anti-oxidants in there by cramming some berries in. Frozen berries are much cheaper and work just as well, if not better as they give you a nice cool smoothie. I like to use strawberries and blueberries – half a cup of each.
•Greens; You can’t forget your greens! Use either 1 cup of kale or spinach to get your iron (and the rest)
•Texture; If you like your smoothie with a bit of texture try 2 tbsp. of chai seeds, crunchy nut butter, quinoa or cacao nibs. Oats work really well too but watch the fat/calorie content by also limiting them too ¼ cup.
•Power Powders; Get to powerful powders in there by adding tbsp. of raw cacao, turmeric, matcha or maca.
If you need some more inspiration you can subscribe to my blog to get new post alerts and a free smoothie eBook. Also, please let me know if you have any recipes that you love, I am always open to new smoothie ideas! Why not make a smoothie for your breakfast tomorrow? I am enjoying mine right now 🙂 I hope you have had a good week so far, mine has consisted of a Tiki Bar and studying (it’s all about balance) – Jess x