Tell me- What do you like to put in your smoothie?
Smoothies seem to be the go-to healthy meal. It is simple enough- throw some good things in a blender, blend and drink. There is certainly a huge smoothie demand out there given the ridiculous number of smoothie products on the market. Some are good, most or horrible.
As a believer in the true benefit of whole foods, where nutrients and phytochemicals can work synergistically, I don’t think there is anything better for our health than eating real food. This means, a high protein food would be better than a soy isolate or whey based protein powder, just as a carrot is way better than a carrot pill. You with me?
When I make my smoothies, I try and use the absolute best foods available to me. You definitely won’t find one of those ginormous vats of whey protein in my cupboards. If you were ever to find a protein supplement, most likely it would be a hemp protein or possibly a goat whey (like the one from Garden of Life) but I’ll stick with my raw foods.
The other thing you won’t find in my smoothie is any kind of dairy product. I know a lot of people like to put yogurt in to make it creamy, but a banana or avocado would do the same. Though organic sheep or goat milk yogurt is generally the dairy product I’ll make an exception for, I avoid the mucous and acidifying affects of dairy. And I avoid soy products, cause I just do (explanations I am sure will come in time).
And so what DO I put in my power packed, energy rich, health supportive GREEN Smoothie? Great great things!
- Goji berries as they are a superior source of antioxidants.
- Soaked almonds for their protein and calcium content.
- Chia seeds, for their amazing amino acid profile and omega 3 essential fatty acids that have a great anti-inflammatory effect.
- Cacao beans, one of the most powerful foods on earth, rich in antioxidants (maybe the most concentrated source available) and essential trace minerals.
- Depending on how I ate the previous day, I might also add in some flax- also a good source of protein and omega 3s, they are a lubricating source of fibre.
- Fresh or dried coconut, or a scoop of coconut oil- a super food that is anti-microbial, anti-parasitic and anti-viral. It also helps stabilize blood sugar.
- Pinch of cayenne to increase circulation which helps the body detoxify waste by increasing blood circulation to bring in fresh oxygen to the cells.
- Spirulina– this is a non-negotiable! This blue-green algae comes from the sea and is a superior source of protein. It is a powder so it requires very little energy to be digested and is amazingly rich in chlorophyll- a phytochemical that comes straight from the sun’s energy, helps detoxify and nourish the blood and therefore every cell of the body. In my opinion, this is one the best green foods we can eat.
- Sprouts– sprout your own or buy them, they are rich in protein and enzymes (details here). I like pea shoots the best as they are green and also for convenience, they stay very long in the fridge (about two weeks if not more!)
- Celery– great source of cellulose (fibre that does not get digested but just helps move things along) and helps with sodium balance in the cells
- Half a banana– adds some sweetness, potassium and creaminess
- And lots of water. I don’t like my smoothies that thick so I add a lot of water, and with all that fibre, the more water the better.
- Stevia– for a little sweetness without effecting blood sugar
Other things I may add in depending on what’s in my fridge- spinach, cucumber, zucchini, avocado and kale. I will sometimes change up the fruit- using mango or berries when they are in season. I have been known to throw in a wedge of lemon for vitamin C or some ginger if I feel cold, or rundown. But what you likely notice is that this is a very green smoothie. Yes! Yes it is. Too much fruit in the morning will spike your blood sugar levels and keep you craving sweets through the day.
Lean, mean and green is the way to go!
Super Powered Breakfast Smoothie
2 Tbs raw almonds (soaked if possible)
1 Tbs chia seeds
1 Tbs goji berries
1 Tbs raw cacao beans or nibs
1/2 Tbs spirulina
1 Tbs coconut (or 1/2 Tbs coconut oil)
1/4 – 1/3 cup sprouts
1-2 stalks of celery
pinch of cayenne
3 cups water
1 Tbs flaxseeds (optional and may need to pre-grind depending on the power of your blender)
- Throw in the blender and blend.
- Drink right away- all the fibre will start to absorb the water if you leave it too long)