Follow this formula for a morning sip that’s both healthy and delicious.
Amp up your smoothie’s flavor and nutrition with a spoonful of ground flaxseeds, matcha powder, cocoa powder, turmeric, cinnamon, cardamom, bee pollen, or chopped fresh ginger. A sprinkle of fresh herbs like basil or mint is also a good choice.
Add some fat
This will increase a smoothie’s satiating power, and as a bonus, many fats are high in protein. Try 1 tablespoon of nut butter or tahini, a quarter avocado, or ½ cup of full-fat yogurt.
Fill it with fruit
Fresh fruit adds sweetness, nutrition (lots of fiber!), and texture. The options are virtually endless, but consider about a cup of apple, pear, berries, banana, pineapple, mango, papaya, cantaloupe, peaches, or kiwi. Or sub in more veg in the form of cucumber, cooked beet, sweet potato, carrots, or canned pumpkin. Adding frozen fruits (or veggies!) will give you a satisfyingly thick blend.
Add a handful or two of greens for nutrients. Baby spinach virtually disappears, but kale works too. Aim for ½ cup per serving.
Begin with a base
You need liquid to make a smoothie sippable. Skip sugary juices and go for cow’s milk, unsweetened nondairy milks, coconut water, or even plain old H2O. Start with about ¾ cup per serving, adding more if the drink is too thick.
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4 Smoothie Combos:
Create your own recipe or blend up one of these simple slurps.
Peanut butter cup
Cow’s milk + baby spinach + peanut butter + strawberries + frozen banana + cocoa powder
Coconut milk + baby kale + yogurt + mango + frozen cauliflower + turmeric
Coconut water + baby spinach + kiwi + frozen avocado + bee pollen
Almond milk + baby spinach + tahini + pear + frozen banana + cinnamon + cardamom
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