Everybody loves making their own smoothies or fruit and veggie juices. You can add whatever you like and fill them full of delicious, good-for-you treats. It’s also a great way to eat those foods that you might not be that fond of if you had to eat it on it’s own. But disguise it will blueberries, celery, cucumber, a bit of lemon juice and a protein powder and you would never know it was even in there.
If you are new to the wonderful world of smoothies, here are a few pointers:
– In my humble opinion, recipes are suggestions. So go wild with your combinations. For my first green smoothie, I threw in a whole jalapeno. I would not suggest that for your breakfast smoothie. I love hot foods but my poor insides were not pleased at their 7am spicy wakeup call.
– If you plan to add quite a few different things to your blender jar, I would add your liquids in first then take the middle part out of the lid and start adding your other ingredients. It can thicken up really fast. If it doesn’t thicken more than you like, simply add more liquid.
– buy organic as much as you can. Sometimes it is not always easy to find what you want, but do your best.
– add probiotic foods to your smoothies such as naturally fermented yogurt.
Smoothies also have all sorts of health benefits from blood tonics to energy boosters. And if you have any type of digestion issues, smoothies and juicing can really be a blessing. Here are our Top 3 Digestion Boosters.
- 1/2 cup almond milk or rice milk
- 1/4 cup coconut water
- 1 cup frozen, unsweetened raspberries
- 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
- 2 stalks celery
- 1 tablespoon honey
- juice of 1/2 a lemon
- 2 tablespoons hemp powder, pumpkin seed powder or your favorite protein powder.
- 2 teaspoons flax seed oil
Add it all to the blender jar and blend till smooth.
Raspberries are great for digestion as they are filled with detoxifying enzymes. Ginger stimulates digestion and the lemon helps regulate your PH level, helping it to become more alkaline.
Pour into a fancy glass and enjoy!
This next one packs a huge nutritional punch. Avocados and bananas contain a mind boggling amount of nutrients, vitamins and ‘magical properties.”
The Avocado Bananarama Smoothie!
- 1 avocado
- 1 banana
- 1 teaspoon organic vanilla
- 2 teaspoons Maple Syrup or honey
- 1/2 cup probiotic yogurt
- 1 cup coconut water, almond milk or rice milk.
- 1/2 cup berries of your choice
Add everything to your blender and blend till smooooooooth.
Avocados and bananas have so much going for them I am going to write an article for each of them.
The 70-30 Smoothie
What is 70-30? Ideally, for weight loss, great digestive health and various healthy reasons, you should be adding 70% veggies to 30% fruits for optimal benefits.
- 2 cups Romain lettuce
- 3 stalks celery
- 1 4 inch long piece of cucumber
- 1 cup water or coconut water
Blend till smooth, then add
- 1 apple
- 1 pear
- 1/2 cup lemon juice
- 1 banana
- cilantro – start slow with this herb. The taste is a love/hate thing for many people but is very good at cleansing the colon, removing heavy metals from the body and detoxifying.
- 1/2 cup chopped parsley – also very good for detoxing and clearing heavy metals from the body.
Blend it all till smooth.
So that’s 3 smoothies to get you started. They are wonderful for breakfast, especially in the summer with all the lovely, fresh, organic produce. Use your imagination, experiment and create your own wonderful concoctions!