How to create your own favorite smoothie(s)

I love smoothies!  My kids love smoothies!  You should really consider finding or creating your own 'go-to' smoothie arsenal.  Why?  Smoothies are the best way to get more nutrients than at a meal - extra fruits and veggies!

The purpose of substituting a smoothie for your typical meal is multi-purposed.  On a typical day, you should be eating 3-4 meals (one of these may be a snack, and a smoothie can also substitute your snack).  When timed correctly, a smoothie can actually be a better alternative than a meal.  The reason for this is that it is easier for your body to digest and use the contents quickly.  Example:  a high protein smoothie after your workout - the body can digest this quickly and get protein to the fatigued muscles faster. 

Another great advantage is that the ease of digesting a smoothie creates extra energy for your body to repair cellular damage, give you a physical 'boost,' as well as decrease inflammation.   

My last reason (and attempt to win you over on this) - consider the 'add-ins' for extra nutrients!   Here are my favorites:

  • all-natural nut butters, flax or avocado for healthy fats and vitamin E

  • ginger or cinnamon for additional antioxidants

  • honey for anti-bacterial or anti-fungal, as well as allergy prevention

  • a vegetable-based protein supplement for energy, muscle repair, etc.

  • cacao, chia seeds, and flax for extra fiber, good fats, and blood sugar control

My favorite is so easy!  Blend 1 cup frozen berries, 1 scoop Vega Proteins & Greens (20 grams of protein!), a handful of kale, a splash (or more) of almond milk, a sprinkle of chia seeds or 1/2 T flax oil, and unsweetened coconut chips on top!

Now, go whip up a smoothie (mine above or your own) and enjoy!