Whether its adding nutrients, helping achieve a goal (like clearer skin, or digestion issues), or maybe just taste smoothies are a great way to do that. Plus they usually fill you up pretty well too!! So here are my little tips on conjuring up the BEST smoothie possible! =)
The fresher the better! Try to use fresh fruits and veggies but I understand the convenience of the frozen ones too. Sometimes I just pour some mixed fruits and almond milk in a bender and call it a day. LOL
Try to go organic with your smoothies, that way you avoid all the pesticides.
You can use all kinds of things besides milk or water. I personally love the vanilla almond milk since it makes it sweeter but you can also use things like tea. There are tons of teas that are herbal remedies for common aches and pains too, adding those herbs from the tea will only help with all the nutrients from the veggies and fruit as well.
Don’t add sugar! Usually of the smoothie is fruit based you wont need any sweetening at all but if its a green smoothie, they sometimes get a little bitter. Instead of sugar or the common “fake sugar” (sweet n low, Splenda) DONT USE FAKE SUGAR ITS WAY WORSE FOR YOU!!! Use Stevia (which is derived from a plant), or honey, or Agave Nectar (also from a plant) .
I love adding healthy fats to my smoothie! Things like Chia seeds, hemp seed, flax seed, and even avocado!
Adding protein powders can also boost up the protein (obviously) but it can help you build muscle and stay fuller longer. My favorite ones are Sun Warrior or Vega Brand.
Add the “Super-foods”. Things you wouldn’t normally think of seem to keep things interesting for me personally when I make my smoothies. Goji Berries, Coconut Oil, Maca Powder, Matcha, Acai Berries, Kale, Cacao.
Using frozen bananas instead of ice cubes can be fun, your smoothie almost comes out like a “milk shake” in a way. Very thick. OR get creative, freeze some coconut water and use those as the ice cubes =)
So I love oat meal, whether its just plain or the usual cinnamon. But here are some great ideas for “spicing” up your oatmeal so you don’t have the same boring bowl all the time! =) ……… and you’ll get some great nutrients, save some calories and your taste buds will be happy campers.
First choose how your going to prepair it!
Water is a great option to keep calories down (this is my usual “go to”)
1% milk will have more creamier effect rather than the skim milk.
Almond milk and coconut milk can be great for adding a little flavor as well. (I like the vanilla kind)
Juice, now this might sound weird , but its actually not bad. Make sure you get 100% juice so you wont be adding a shit-ton of sugar and it will be adding some extra vitamins too! I like apple juice with the apples and cinnamon kind! YUMMI *note: some juices are very strong so you might want to do half juice and half water.
NOW, for the fun part! TOPPINGS!
Dried fruits – you can either add them after making the oatmeal, so they are kinda crunchy. Or add them when your making it and they will plump up and get all juicy (cranberries, cherries, blueberries, mango, coconut, papaya ect)
Peanut Butter and Almond Butter
Fresh fruit (strawberries, blueberries, banana, black berries, raspberries, pear, apples, cuties, mango, pomegranate, ect. )
Dark chocolate chips
Greek yogurt or Almond milk yogurt
REAL maple syrup
crumbled gram crackers
Canned pumpkin in the fall is awesome! add some cinnamon too .. mmmm
Sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds
Jam – or use warmed up frozen berries
Chopped nuts. Almonds, Walnuts, cashews.
I have heard of people putting an egg over the top too… never tried but but it might be worth giving it a whirl!