I love smoothies. They're easy to make, store and can be brought with you where ever you go. My youngest son also loves smoothies and has a green smoothie almost every morning. He is loving the show PJ Masks right now so we name his smoothies Gekko Green, Strawberry Owlette, or Catboy Blueberry. He loves this and I like how he gets to chose what he wants for breakfast so there is NO arguments to get him to eat.
Back to my obsession with smoothies. About two years ago I would start my day with a smoothie and thought I was eating a "healthy" breakfast. I was trying to eat healthy and exercise, but I was GAINING weight instead of losing it. I met with a nutritionist, Ashley, and we figured out that my beloved "healthy" smoothies (I used all organic fruit and veggies and no dairy at all in it!) were loaded with almost 65g of sugar! OH MY GOODNESS! No wonder I was gaining weight! I thought they were good for me because I was using fruit and vegetables, but what I didn't realize was I was using too much of them. She taught me how to still have a good tasting smoothie and keep the sugars to under 12g per smoothie. She also taught me that I should have my smoothie AFTER I work out and not before. My body will be able to digest and process it more efficiently then. So now I have my eggs and spinach for breakfast and save the smoothie for after my workout or an afternoon snack.
I also learned from Ashley how to simplify my smoothies. I was putting 7-10 items in my smoothies, but really you only need a few things and it still tastes great. From my experiences I wanted to share some ideas and things I have learned on how to make an easy green smoothie.
Here is a sample smoothie of what I was drinking before I met Ashley:
1 cup almond milk
1 kale leaf with stem removed
1.5 handfuls of Spinach
2 tbsp chia seeds
1-2 tsp red maca powder
.75 cup pineapple
1 cup strawberries
This smoothie had 64.25g of SUGAR and 4g PROTEIN (no wonder I was starving 2 hours later!)
My new simple and healthy smoothie:
1 cup water
2 tbsp chia seeds
1 tsp maca powder
2 scoops Vegan Max protein powder (I have to use a whey free protein powder)
1 packet frozen unsweetened acai berry
1 cup mixed berries
Smoothie totals: 12g SUGAR and 30g PROTEIN
But my simplest smoothie recipe is this:
1 cup liquid (nut milk, water, coconut water)
1 LARGE handful of spinach
2 scoops protein powder
70g of a frozen fruit (my favorite is strawberry)
Sometimes I like to mix things up and add in different minerals based on how I am feeling. I am currently loving this smoothie (FYI, this was the smoothie I posted on Instagram today):
1 cup Cashew Milk
Greens powder (my favorite is the Advocare Greens)
1 tbsp cacao powder
1 tsp maca powder
1 tsp camu powder
2 scoops Vegan Max (I get this at Lifetime Fitness)
70g of strawberries
Here are some tips I have learned about the art of smoothie making:
1) Keep it simple
2) For a smooth green smoothie blend your liquid, banana (or avocado if using that) and spinach FIRST then add in the rest of the ingredients. By doing a quick blend you will get a smooth smoothie because who really wants a chunky spinach smoothie?
3) Use caution when adding in more than 2 fruits as the sugar level can get extremely high really easy. See above paragraph.
4) Spinach is the EASIEST greens to work with and it tastes the best when making a green smoothie. My boys even love it in there smoothies!
I found this chart from Hellonatural and it gives a good visual of different suggestions for smoothie combinations.
Enjoy making those green smoothies and I would LOVE to hear in the comments section some smoothies that you are loving as well. Here's to Just Living Fit!