Have you noticed lately that green smoothies seem to be taking the world by storm? You can select from a wide range of yummy choices at Jamba Juice, or even your local supermarket, sipping on your greens as you shop. I personally prefer making my smoothies at home, where I have a little bit more control over what’s going into them, making them perfect for my taste buds every time. I’m really enjoying morning smoothies right now because we have such an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables in season.
I love smoothies because you can drink in a ton of your recommended servings of fruits and vegetables, it’s easy, versatile, super delicious, and you are really packing a punch when it comes to nutrition. You are also getting a good dose of fiber, which as we age becomes oh so important.
I don’t have one recipe to share with you because my smoothies are a little different every time I make them, according to what is in my fridge. However, I can give you a list of some ingredients so you can make your own perfect smoothie. We make ours in a Ninja, which is also great for frozen margaritas by the way, but you can use a regular blender as well.
Liquid: I usually use almond milk, but you can use coconut water, coconut milk, water, or even green tea. Try to stay away from fruit juices because they have a lot of added sugar.
Greens: I love to add kale, spinach, cucumber, celery, avocado, basil which is in season right now, and mint. Some other add ins are broccoli, parsley, and collard greens.
Fruits and Veggies: Oranges, apples carrots, pumpkin, fresh ginger, pineapple, peaches, really whatever is in season. I also like to freeze really ripe bananas, and add them to thicken the smoothie and make it super cold. You can also use frozen fruit or even ice.
Protein Powder: I found a great plant based protein powder from Whole Foods, called Vega protein and greens. You have a choice of flavors and it has 20 grams of protein. There are lots of options for protein powder, so do your research and see which one works best for you.
As add ins, I put in a teaspoon of chia seeds, as well as a teaspoon of flax meal.
Just blend, pour, and you are ready to start your morning!
In life, much like smoothies, you get out what you put in it. Bolthouse Farms
Have a great week. ~May