If you’re looking for a quick, energy-packed breakfast on the go, a green smoothie just might be the answer.
In the world of nutrition, smoothies have been met with mixed reviews because drinking your food can lead to unnecessary, increased caloric intake. However, smoothies can also be a great, nutrient-dense choice for your first meal of the day.
Smoothies are an excellent way for both children and adults to get some greens in, and are nutritionally a complete meal. For this reason, they should be considered more than just a beverage, and should not be consumed with other breakfast items.
How to build a Smoothie:
Although a smoothie is made simply by placing ingredients in a blender and blending until smooth, there are certain steps you can take to ensure your smoothie is delicious every time. First,you must have a blender. Then, gather and prepare your ingredients, making sure you have all the fresh produce you need to achieve your ideal flavor and nutrient compound. Put all ingredients in the blender, making sure there is enough liquid to blend to a smooth consistency. Once blended, taste, adjust flavor and texture as necessary, pour and enjoy.
How to vary the formula:
This is a great base formula for any smoothie. Choose one ingredient from each of the following categories: Liquid, (such as water/non-dairy milks such as fresh almond milk/juices)
Dried, fresh or frozen fruits.
A few of handfuls of greens, (kale or spinach)
A dash of your favorite spices, (vanilla, cinnamon or nutmeg)
Additional powders/supplements, (superfood powders, nut/seed butters, hemp/flax seeds, plant-based protein powders)
To get those creative wheels turning, I have added a chart for suggestions regarding how to build your own variety of smoothies. Squeal!