How to Create a Well-Rounded Smoothie

Did you know smoothies can be a complete meal?

Unlike juicing, smoothies keep the fiber in the drink so it can be a nutritious complete meal. Too often we make the same one over and over and tend to get bored with the flavor. With my ultimate smoothie guide, you can make hundreds of combinations! Here’s what you need:

1.    Greens: Smoothies are a great way to “sneak” in green vegetables without anyone tasting them. We need more greens in our diet because of their fiber and antioxidants! Options: Spinach, Kale, Romaine, Avocado, Swiss Chard, Zucchini, Parsley, and Cucumber

2.    Berries: Berries are a super food and will make your smoothie sweet. Be sure to buy your berries organic. Because of their think skin, they will easily absorb pesticides. They are full of vitamins and antioxidants! Options: Blueberries, Raspberries, Blackberries, Strawberries, and Cranberries

3.    Protein: Not all protein needs to be from meat. And with smoothies, your protein options are a plenty! Protein also doesn’t have to come from protein powder. Lots of powders are full of chemicals. Protein is one key component to a “complete” meal.  Options: Collagen, Hemp Seeds, Nut Butter, Spirulina, and Plant Based Protein Powder

4.    Fat: We all need good/healthy fat in our meals. And I’m not talking about the fat in a donut. I’m talking about the good healthy fats that we need for our brain health and vitality. Options: Coconut Oil, Flax Oil, Ghee, Avocado, Full-Fat Coconut Yogurt

5.    Hydration: Water isn’t our only source for hydration. But I’m also not a huge fan of adding ice to a smoothie. Let’s mix it up and add other sources of hydration that will also give us nutrients. Don’t get me wrong, water is SUPER important. But let’s fill our smoothies with foods that serve multiple purposes.  Options: Nut Milk, Green Juice, Herbal Tea (freeze in cubes), and Coconut Water

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