How about a smoothie formula for making great drinks every time you pull out the blender. I know there are thousands of great smoothie recipe books, but I usually find myself trying different variations of this formula depending what fruit and veggies we have at home.
Base + Fruit + Vegetable + Seed + Sweetner = Great Smoothie
Base (4 to 12 oz) – Coconut Water, Coconut Milk, Almond Milk, Skim Milk, Kefir, Plain Water. You'll have to experiment a little here to get the right amount. If you are limiting Calories you should pass on the coconut milk.
Fruit (1/2 to 1 cup) – You have almost unlimited choices here, but try using frozen fruit to help get your smoothie cold otherwise add ice. I've tried bananas, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, kiwi, dates, peaches and all of them work great.
Vegetable (1 cup) – My number one choice is spinach, it blends well with other flavors and doesn't overpower the smoothie. I also like carrots, kale and bell pepper.
Seeds (1 Tbsp) – Chia Seeds or Flax Seeds. These add fiber and Alpha Linoleic Acid to your drink.
Sweetener (just a little) – Agave nectar and raw honey are the only options. Don't you dare add and any sugar or artificial sweeteners. Incidentally, many store bought smoothies contain lots of added sugar.
Nut Butter (2 Tbsp) (optional) – I like to add natural peanut butter or almond butter to my smoothie. You can leave this out if allergic or limiting Calorie intake.
Oil (1 Tbsp) – You can add coconut oil or olive oil. This is optional and I usually leave it out if I'm using coconut in my “base” ingredient or if I add peanut butter.
Probiotics – Kefir and yogurt both contain healthy probiotics to help the digestive system so I add a small amount to my smoothie or get them separately in my supplements.
Protein Powder (1 serving) – Yep, you can add your favorite vanilla or chocolate protein powder to your smoothie. I like Prograde Protein.
Super Greens (1 serving) – Want to really amp up your smoothie? Then add a serving of Living Fuels Super Greens. I bought my first bottle last month and I love it. When traveling, you could use this in place of the vegetables if none are available. Living Fuels also makes a Super Berry formula. This supplement also contains an assortment of probiotics.
Have fun with this formula and see what combinations you can create. Strange ingredients may yield strange results, but more often than not it taste pretty darn good. If you have a great smoothie recipe please share it in the comments box below. Happy blending.