It's January, at least for a few more days, and everybody and their mother goes on a health kick. But, for some people, it lasts all year. And then there are people like me who can't eat anything and need smoothies to survive. Because, who wants to eat dry spinach?!
A local mama asked me to talk about smoothies. They aren't a popular item on our menu, but they are offered, with limited ingredients because who wants a $20 smoothie?! So, I jumped at the idea to come on the blog and chat smoothies so that you can make them yourselves and for your tiny humans.
Smoothie rule number one - for me - is having greens. I usually opt for all frozen because it's the best option for everything to keep here. You can do fresh if you prefer (which will likely mean going to the grocery store daily, ew) but in that case, I suggest adding ice to make it cold and slushy. So, greens - kale, spinach, lettuce, the list is truly endless. And, don't worry, it won't taste like veggies. To disguise them, put them in the blender first and pulse with a bit of water. They'll be invisible after with all the rest mixed in.
Number two - a source of fat. Healthy fat, obviously. I like a tablespoon of coconut oil, or MCT oil, and I usually always add an avocado. If your smoothie has a source of healthy fat, it'll be more filling. My smoothie usually keeps me full until lunch, and I drink it at 7 AM. You can play as much as you want with your fat, opt for a nut butter, or ghee, whatever floats your boat and doesn't upset your stomach.
Three - fruit! The fun part. The healthy stuff that disguises the other healthier stuff, especially if you're making a smoothie for your tiny human. Again, use frozen. Mangoes (very good for your liver), pineapple, strawberries, blueberries, all the berries (hello, antioxidants), papaya (super gut healthy), and so on and so forth. And a banana. I ALWAYS put a banana in my smoothie. I know some people are afraid of fruit and their (natural, totally healthy) sugars and here's the big one, are you listening? FRUIT WON'T MAKE YOU FAT. So go to town!
Four - liquid. I go for pure aloe juice or aloe vera, which is super gut healthy. Then I do a nut milk, either unsweetened almond milk or unsweetened cashew milk. You want there to be enough liquid so that you don't have to eat it with a spoon. Or maybe you like that, so do whatever.
That's what I usually do for my smoothies. But there are endless possibilities. You can do protein powder, hemp seeds, chia seeds, etc. etc. etc.
Oh, and I forgot to mention you'll need to shove everything into a blender and blend until smooth.