So these past couple weeks I’ve been on a serious smoothie kick. It’s been my breakfast pretty much every morning. Well except this morning when eating Ben and Jerry’s ice cream seemed like a great idea…Good choices, Andrea.
So in honour of my smoothie craze, I thought I’d share some smoothie making tips. It’s always the really simple things that will take your smoothie from average to a delicious (healthy!) treat.
- Using frozen fruit is going to make your smoothie much smoother and creamier. You can either freeze fresh fruit or buy frozen (I just buy frozen fruits because it’s easier for me). I do freeze my bananas though because there is nothing better than blended up frozen bananas (It has the consistency of ice cream! yum). For a sweeter taste, don’t freeze your bananas until they are starting to turn brown. I peel and cut them first, then freeze for convenience (cutting and peeling a frozen bananas is not easy)
- Low glycemic fruit is best so you can avoid spikes in blood sugar that lead to crashes (I am infamous for these). Some low GI fruit include pears, grapefruit, kiwi, oranges, strawberries and plums. Medium GI fruit include bananas, mango, papaya, and pineapple.
- Smoothies tend to blend easier when you put items in this way: (1) liquids go in first, (2) solids in the middle, (3) frozen items on top
- Adding chia, flax and hemp give SO much extra nutrition to your already healthy smoothie! I always feel so great after having any of these superfoods. You can’t even really taste them, but the health benefits are enough for it to be the perfect addition . I also always notice my skin looks brighter when I add chia
- If you want a green smoothie my favourite addition is kale. You can barely taste it, but it adds extra nutrients, especially if you’re having difficulty getting in all your greens in your diet (like me). Oh! Please don’t be like me and add arugula to your smoothie (gross! way too bitter), but spinach is a great choice for extra greens if you’re not into kale!
- If you find your smoothie is watery, add ice!
- I also love to add coconut water to my smoothie instead of juice. There’s a lot less sugar that way
- I like using vanilla greek yogurt because greek yogurt is thicker than regular, plus I just like vanilla. But really, you can use any yogurt!
- And to end, if you follow me on twitter or instagram you will recognize my new fav way to get rid of a dessert craving. Blend together frozen bananas, almond butter, chocolate almond milk, and add seeds if you want. It is SO good. Basically just like chocolate ice cream. You will thank me.
These are my favourites for smoothies. What are yours?
And because I always like to keep things fashionable, here’s some cute pieces so you can make your delicious fruit smoothies in style!
After all that I think it’s time for me to make a smoothie. I’m thinking yogurt, kiwi, pineapple, strawberry, mango, coconut water, chia and hemp. Yum!
What are your favourite additions to smoothies? I’d love to hear some new ones!