Smoothies have become all the craze lately— and for good reason. Whether you are looking for a quick snack on the go or looking for a filling breakfast, smoothies combine great ingredients to keep your energy high. If done right, they are an easy way to eat healthy since smoothies combine several food groups without the heavy carbs. They are also a great way to detox the body!
Many people feel that recipes are the best way to create the perfect healthy fruit and veggie smoothie. Though that is true to an extent, it is also sometimes easier to throw together whatever is lying in the fridge. To be your own smoothie chef, we recommend sticking to the “1:1:2 leafy greens: liquid base: fruit” ratio.
There are several vegetables you can throw in. My personal favorites are the dark leafy greens such as spinach and kale. You can also use Romaine, bok choy, collard, and even celery. If you are just starting out on the smoothie track, I would stick to spinach and kale. They are packed with nutrients and taste good with just about any fruit you can think of!
When choosing your liquid base, it is best to keep in mind the flavor you are choosing and the consistency. If you want something that has a smooth and light consistency, it is best to choose either water or soy milk. Since almond milk and coconut water/ milk have a flavor to them, remember to keep in mind what fruits you are mixing together. I found that almond milk and coconut water and milk tend to add extra sweetness to the mixture. They also tend to create a smoothie with a thicker consistency.
Choosing your blend of fruits can be an exciting experiment! There are many fruits that are amazing in smoothies such as: bananas, mangos, berries, pineapples, apples, and pears. They add natural sugar to your smoothie can mask the vegetable taste as well. Some of my favorite combinations are bananas and strawberries as well as apples and pears. Of course, you can choose one fruit as well—especially mangos and pineapples, which make fantastic standalones.
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Finally, you have the option to add some zest to your smoothie. This can include protein powder, ginger, lime, and even seeds such as flax and hemp seeds. One of my favorites is chia seeds. It has become famous as a ‘super food’ packed with nutrients and associated with digestive health, heart health, metabolism, and even managing diabetes. These extras pack your smoothie with vitamins and minerals to give your body a natural and healthy boost for the day! Keep in mind that you only want to add about a teaspoon or tablespoon depending on your smoothie size. Since these are only meant to be extras, too much may actually hinder the taste of the smoothie!
Let us know if you decide to try this ratio out! While you are at it, you might want to check out the “Orange Dream Smoothie Recipe” as well! We are hoping to have more recipes out to you soon!