Making Smoothies 101
Making smoothies can be as simple as blending a liquid, some fruit and ice together, or as complex as a 10 ingredient meal. For beginners here are the basics...
Start with 1/2 - 1 cup of liquid: Water, Almond Milk, Juice, Green Tea, Coconut water.
Add 1 cup of fresh or frozen fruit.
Add 1/2 cup thickener: Ice, Yogurt, Tofu.
Add bit of sweetener: Stevia, Honey.
That could be it, a yummy sweet treat, however, we recommend making Smoothies more nutritious and balanced - So think of adding: PROTEIN, FAT & FIBER.
Protein: 2-4 Tbsps of Collagen Powder, yogurt, nuts or seeds
Fat: Nuts or 1/4 Avocado is a healthy fat that adds a creaminess to any smoothie.
Fiber: add leafy greens or some fiber powder (like psyllium seed husks).
You can get more creative, think spices, or adding some extra healthy goodies, like:
Vanilla extract, cinnamon, turmeric, greens powder - the list is endless.
Your morning Smoothie could become the healthiest meal of your day. Just remember PROTEIN FAT & FIBER, it will keep you fuller longer, give you more energy and be so much healthier than just a quick high carb plain fruit smoothie.
Below is a sample of a super healthy smoothie.
Blend together in Blender:
1/2-1 cup water
1/2 cup ice
1 banana (or 1 cup fruit)
1 cup leafy greens
1/4 cup avocado
2-4 tbsps Healthy Life Creations Collagen Powder
1/4 tsp stevia or tsp of honey or agave nectar
Optional add: 1/4 tsp Cinnamon for better digestion, Turmeric to reduce inflammation.
Tips: If you need more sweet, add more fruit & less spices. If you are short on time, make a double smoothie and save half for the next day. Buy frozen or Cut up and freeze fruits and veggies yourself for quick access (and no ice needed).
*Practice makes perfect. Every day can be a new experimental flavor.
Have fun, Good luck and Better health ;o)