How To Create A Healthy Smoothie

You don’t have to follow a recipe in order to make a healthy, energizing smoothie. Sometimes, after you have practiced a bit with recipes from other people, it’s exciting to experiment a bit on your own!

 

To start, set your blender out on the counter and be sure to leave it there - if you have to get it out every time you want to blend something, you’re not going to get into a routine of making these delicious smoothie combinations daily (and you want to make these daily in order to keep your healthy habits momentum going, right?).

 

Take a look at the basic ingredients and options listed below and give some combos a whirl! It may take a couple of tries to make blends that suit your taste, but once you start getting the hang of it, you’ll be whipping out your own concoctions one after the other in no time.

 

Have you already created one or more that you really like? Feel free to share it in the comments below!

How to make a smoothie

Here’s the basic guidelines to building your best smoothie:

 

Greens - 3-4 handfuls
Choices:

Spinach
Kale
Arugula
Collard Greens
 

Fruit - 1 cup or 1 piece (ex: apple)
Choices:

Berries
Cherries
Grapes
Oranges
Peaches
Apples
Mangoes
Pears
Melons
Pineapple
 

Creamy texture - Choose 1
Choices:

Banana ½
Avocado ⅓
 

Healthy Fats - 2 Tbsp
Choices:

Flax seed or oil
Chia seed
Coconut oil or flakes
Nuts
Seeds
Nut butters
 

Liquid - 2 cups
Choices:

Water
Coconut water
Milk - almond, coconut, soy, cow’s, goat’s, rice
 

Optional add-ins
Choices:

Ice
Spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, lemon, lime, ginger)

 

My favorite recipe:

A handful of spinach

A granny smith apple

⅓ avocado

A Flax, Coconut, Chia combo

2 cups water

Ice

Ginger and half a lemon

 

Tastes yummy and full of benefits listed below:

spinach - has multiple benefits including anti-inflammatory effects, rids your body of free radicals, filled with flavonoids, and is an excellent source of vitamins K, A, C, B2, B6, and E. It’s full of magnesium, folate, manganese, iron, calcium, and potassium as well.  

apple - fiber which keeps you full longer and helps your body detox.

avocado -healthy monounsaturated fat proven to reduce inflammation, it can also help you absorb plant foods such as spinach so they are a great combo.

flax, coconut, chia - these 3 are powerhouse superfoods rich in antioxidants, dietary fiber, omega 3 and protein.

ginger - helps with digestion, inflammation, nausea, pain reduction, and is full of healthy nutrients.

lemon - alkaline effect on the body

 



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