Smoothies are an excellent way of incorporating more fresh vegetables and fruit into your daily diet. You can vary the ingredients daily, weekly, whatever you desire. I seem to have certain staples I always revert to, and I also like to have a routine in our hectic family mornings, so following is a typical smoothie I make for myself and for my husband. The kids prefer a less green version… You can use any good blender, it does not have to be a Vitamix. I still use my 13 year old Braun one.
- 1 cup frozen Maine wild blueberries (BJs has value packs)
- ½ cup Greens (for example dandelions, kale, baby spinach or parsley)
- ½ banana, fresh or frozen (I often freeze mine, already chopped, with skin removed)
- ¼ green cucumber, chopped
- ¼-1/2 avocado flesh
- 2 TBSP ground flax seeds or chia seeds
- 1 TBSP Tahini paste (or almond butter, sunflower butter)
- 1 cup dairy alternative (rice milk, coconut milk, almond milk) – this gives it a creamier taste
- 1 scoop protein powder (whey protein, pea protein or rice protein)
- Whizz away, frozen bananas will clonk a lout louder…and ENJOY!
For a spice punch, add a tiny (!) piece of ginger, or ½ tsp cinnamon, ¼ cup raw cacao
The blueberry – green combination often leads to a more grey final color. I don’t mind this as I drink it right away and know what liquid goodness I am smothering my body with.
If the color bothers you, reduce the amount of greens, or leave out the blueberries and make these in a separate smoothie another day without the greens.