I love smoothies.
Someone once asked me, “Why do you drink all of your food? Why not just eat a few pieces of fruit instead?”
Are you kidding me. First of all, I don’t drink all of my food, but I do enjoy lots and lots of smoothies in my diet. In fact, I consider them a staple in my diet. Here are 3 reasons I love smoothies:
1. They are absolutely yummy! Just like ice cream or a gelato, smoothies are a tasty cold treat. I consider them a dessert although they are highly nutritious — unlike most other desserts.
2. I can dump so much into a smoothie and get tons more nutrients in one serving than I could possibly eat at one time. Recently, a naturopathic doctor mentioned to me that we’d have to eat like nine apples today to get the nutritional equivalent of one apple decades ago. According to the new food pyramid, we’re suppose to eat at least 7 servings of fruits and veggies a day. A smoothie is the perfect way to get a lot in one meal.
3. Easy way to eat nasty stuff. I can dump tasty fruits in the blender with herbs and supplements like spirulina or omega oils. I don’t like the taste of this stuff by itself. But I can dump it in a smoothie and not even notice the taste while simultaneously reaping the benefits. It’s a win-win for my taste buds and my body.
So now that you know why I love superfood smoothies, let’s get to making them.
It’s really quite simple to make a Superfood Smoothie.
How to Make a Superfood Smoothie
Step 1: Choose your milk. I like coconut and almond milk for smoothies.
Step 2: Choose at lease 2 fruits you like. Pineapple, strawberries, berries, mangoes are some of my favorite choices. But choose two fruits you like. For smoothies, it’s usually best to avoid citrus fruits and melons. Otherwise, the sky is the limit.
Step 3: Add 1 banana. This thickens it up and gives the smoothie a nice consistency. Usually, you don’t really taste the banana. If you have an intolerance for bananas simply leave it out.
Step 4: Add your superfood. I usually add up to 3 so that I don’t overwhelm the smoothie with a bunch of different taste. Remember you want the smoothie to taste good so you’ll be motivated to make it over and over again. You want to crave the smoothie like you do all of the other not so great desserts. Some great superfoods include:
- omega oil
- chia seeds
- brewer’s yeast
- superfood powder
- hemp seeds
Step 5: Don’t forget the ice.
My Superfood Smoothie
I have lots of different superfood smoothies I make from time to time. Here are some of my recipes.
I just made one last weekend and fed it to the whole family. Everyone loved it. Hubby even requested it saying it taste like chocolate even though I didn’t use chocolate.
Here’s the recipe I used. This yielded 4 large servings.
- 2 cups of almond milk
- 1 cup of frozen strawberries
- 1 cup of frozen pineapples
- 5 TB of Arden Garden’s powerfuel (my superfood of choice)
I threw everything in my blendtec and blended away. I used the smoothie button. But I did have to pulse it a couple of extra times to blend the frozen fruit up really good.
You probably notice I didn’t use ice in this recipe. When you’re using frozen fruit instead of fresh fruit, there’s no need to add ice. The fruit provides the same benefit.
The smoothie was delicious! I was at my parents house in D.C. when I made it. It was so good, I made it everyday until we left. It gave me tons of energy too. I had plenty of energy to chase my little 14 month around!
Superfood Smoothies are a must have in your diet! Check out my other smoothie recipes.
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