Today I had a hankering for big delicious and healthy smoothie. To be honest, my need for something healthy and delicious was probably caused by the food choice I made for dinner last night. I’m talking pizza, soda, and Ben & Jerry’s. It was a fatty fest and as good as it tasted last night, today I needed something that made me feel better.
I’m a lifetime lover of smoothies. I love how they help me stay hydrated and full. Unlike juicing fruits and vegetables, blending your produce actually allows you to get more of the nutrients and fiber. Blending helps you keep all the good stuff!
When I make smoothies I try to stick to these simple rules:
1) Bases: Water, coconut milk, almond milk, or skim milk
Avoid using fruit juice as a base. The last thing you want your smoothie to become is a sugar-filled waste of calories. The fruit you add to your smoothie will be plenty sweet and help keep the grams of sugar lower.
2) Use vegetables AND fruit
A little bit of fruit goes a long way. Try to incorporate more vegetables into your smoothies. To begin, use a vegetable with a mild flavor such as spinach. Once you get used to the flavor you can begin to experiment with other veggies like cucumbers, celery, pumpkin, carrots, swiss chard, or green peppers.
3) Add in a healthy fat
You can add nuts (walnuts, macadamia, peanuts, etc) nut butters, cocoa nibs, avocado.. the possibilities are endless! I recommend using about 1 tablespoon of nut butter or about a half of an avocado.
4) Add protein
Smoothies are such an easy way to sneak in some extra protein. You can choose any type of protein powder you prefer. Pea, rice, soy, whey, or casein. I prefer whey protein, but that choice is up to you!
The BIG Green Smoothie
Once you have the produce prepped and ready to go, put it all in the blender. Add 1 cup of ice and blend your little heart out!
Here’s the finished product!
I hope you enjoy the Big Green Smoothie!
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