Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Smoothies 101

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This one is for you J-Dub! :)
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Any halfway healthy home in America should have enough of these ingredients on hand to whip up a healthy smoothie. You can go healthier for breakfast and lunch or make a sweeter one for dessert. For the most part I don't buy ingredients for smoothies. If I'm in the mood I just open the fridge and grab what I have that day - a base, frozen fruit, fresh fruit, a veggie or two and maybe a little something else.

I know a lot of moms are worried about including green ingredients, arguing that their kids won't drink it if it's green. I advise that as long as you use frozen blueberries and something orange or red, you will usually end up with a purple smoothie. Throw in straw and what kid wouldn't drink that?!

If you're new to smoothies, check out the website for Thrive or Healeo for inspiration on what type of smoothie to create. They have tons of great concoctions.

Base
Coconut milk
Almond milk
Rice milk
Water
Coconut water
Apple juice
Orange juice

Fruit
Banana
Apple
Kiwi
Blueberries (fresh or frozen)
Raspberries (fresh or frozen)
Strawberries (fresh or frozen)
Mangos (fresh or frozen)
Peach (fresh or frozen)
Pineapple (fresh or frozen)

Veggies
Carrot
Kale
Broccoli
Cucumber
Spinach (fresh or frozen)
Chard
Avocado

Herbs
Parsley
Cilantro
Mint

Extras
Ginger
Flax seed
Frozen acai
Pitted dates
Almond butter
Almonds
Cashews
Coconut flakes
Protein powders

Sweeteners
Agave nectar
Dates
Juice
Fruit
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1 comment:

Jennie Butson said...

See... this is why you CANNOT stop blogging!!! THANK YOU! Any recommendations on types of protein powders? So excited to try out my new Vitamix thanks to YOUUUUU. :-)