An Amazing Smoothie Should Be 3 Things: Healthy, Simple, And Not Taste Like Melted Gym Socks.
Your smoothie should be healthy…
Full of fruits and vegetables, offering you a huge amount of nutritional content which, otherwise, you would need a massive salad for. It should fill the nutrient gaps in your diet. For example, if you are vegan and don’t get a lot of protein in your diet, a healthy smoothie should contain a high-quality plant-based protein powder. If you have blood sugar problems, your smoothie should contain lots of high-fiber fruits and veggies, as well as a protein source like spirulina, and some healthy fat like almond butter or ground flax seeds.
Your smoothie should be simple…
Because the simpler it is, the more likely you are to make one instead of reaching for a quick, unhealthy snack like potato chips or a chocolate bar. Also, the more smoothies you make, the easier it will eventually get to make them. If you’re not used to making smoothies, starting off simple will entice you to continue making them for yourself, slowly adding and experimenting with more ingredients.
Your smoothie should be delicious…
You can mix celery, cucumber, and spinach and have a simple and healthy smoothie, but it’s going to taste like crap. Then you will never want to make another smoothie. Learn how to make a smoothie taste good and you will actually want to keep making them. Your smoothie should taste so good that even someone who vehemently hates vegetables would love it.
The 5 Components Of An Amazing Smoothie
1. The Veggies (Pick 2 or 3)
Celery, cucumber, zucchini, spinach, avocado, carrot, kale, beet, arugula, etc.
2. The Fruit (Pick 2 or 3)
Banana, mango, papaya, fresh lemon juice, pineapple, fresh orange juice, dragon fruit, kiwi, blueberries, apple, etc.
3. The Liquid (Pick water + 1)
Water, almond milk, coconut milk, soy milk, etc
4. The Sweetness (Pick 1)
Honey, maple syrup, agave syrup, molasses, flavored yogurt
5. The Added Nutrients (Pick as many as you can handle)
Spirulina, chlorella, protein powder, fresh ginger, maca, brewer’s yeast, ground nuts, ground flax seed, chia seeds, hemp seeds, etc. (These added nutrients can have VERY strong flavors, so you may want to only use tiny sprinkles depending on your taste preference)
Then blend and enjoy!
My Favorite Smoothie Recipe
I never measure amounts, instead I just add in a handful of ingredients each time and hope it tastes good. Fortunately, it always does because my vanilla-flavoured protein powder makes it taste like ice cream! Below is the basic smoothie recipe I go by. If you prefer sweeter smoothies, like me, keep the fruit and sweetener content high.
1/2 Cup almond milk
1-2 Cups water (add more for desired consistency)
1 Cup frozen or raw mango
1 Large handful of spinach
1 Medium beet
So far this recipe is my absolute favorite. It’s simple, very healthy, and extremely delicious. If you use a flavored protein powder it will strongly dictate the taste of the whole smoothie, so make sure to get a flavor you enjoy, or get an unflavored version and instead have the fruit and yogurt you put in your smoothie as the major taste contributors. Good luck!