Smoothies are amazing they make great breakfasts, snacks and even meal replacements if you’re getting really serious! BUT so many smoothies can actually be totally unhealthy and just packed full of sugars, completely defeating the purpose of a quick, healthy & sustainable drink!
It is such an easy mistake to make when starting out on your health journey but it doesn’t have to be so here is all the info you need to make the most of your smoothies! You will be fuller for longer, get more energy, and experience way less sugar highs and I’ll be totally honest probably more bowel movements 😉 which is amazing!!!
Water or non-dairy base:
A lot of smoothie shops use fruit juice, milk or sometimes yoghurt as the base for a smoothie which actually makes it full of processed sugars!
So instead use water, any non-dairy milk such as almond, rice, oat, coconut and if you want to use yoghurt please opt for a natural greek style yoghurt (if it tastes slightly sour then you’re on the right track!)
Sounds a bit weird but honestly you can’t taste it and it gives you extra nutrients! I use avocado (make sit nice and creamy), any leafy greens except kale (I really dislike kale!) and cucumber, which give the smoothie a super refreshing taste! You can add one or all whatever works for you! And there is no right amount a little is better than nothing 😉
Add plant-based protein:
To make your smoothie a genuine meal that will sustain you for a long time add in some plant-based proteins! I am not a fan of most protein powders so I usually use a handful of raw nuts such as pecans, almonds, cashews OR ground flaxseeds/ground LSA mix (linseed, sunflower & almond) using 1-2 heaped teaspoons OR natural nut butters such as almond, peanut butter or coconut butter.
Added benefit of using nuts or ground seeds is you are also getting a dose of healthy fats YAY!
Use Superfood Supplements:
I know there are so many “superfoods” out there and it can get a little overwhelming on what & how to use it so here are 3 that I use regularly and absolutely love! Note that you don’t need to use all these superfoods at once…but I do like the acai & cacao combo!
- Raw Cacao (I’ve written about this before see here) for a chocolately flavour add between 1-3tsp depending on how strong you like it!
- Acai Powder/Frozen is delicious and super popular right now (search acai bowls on instagram…just wow!) The frozen ones are nice and easy as help to make the smoothie ice creamy and thick; the powder I find less tasty but still good and comes with a scooper so you know how much to add! I like the Amazonia brand for acai.
- Spirulina is an amazing algae rich in protein and fatty acids and will turn your smoothie a super rich green! You only need 1-2 tsp but I suggest starting with just 1, as you will notice the flavour a little! Also a little hint it is especially nice with banana!
Maximum of 3 fruits:
Even though you are already using a water/non dairy base limit your fruit selection to 3 to ensure your sugar levels will stay balanced.
So for example use 1 whole banana, 1 handful strawberries & a mango or 2 whole bananas & 1 mango…fruit is amazing and completely healthy but too much of it can spike your sugar levels which is why I like to balance out the smoothie with some healthy plant based protein & fats 🙂
Here are some of my favourite super healthy smoothies for some inspiration:
Hope you enjoy & feel satisfied from your super smoothies 😉