My new favorite things to put in smoothies

the only green smoothie I makeYes, I know that I talk about smoothies all the time.  The thing is, I love my energy boosting, hunger satisfying drinks.  I’ve even made them a daily part of my kids’ diets.  I even serve guests my favorite green smoothie to try to get them hooked too.  I’m all about it.  What better way to give yourself fruits, veggies, protein, and healthy fat all at one time?  They’re vegan, dairy free, gluten free, whatever- they fit into any diet.  Just don’t get me started on those people who ‘don’t like vegetables’ and won’t even try my fruit tasting concoctions.  They make me want to cue my 3 year old into singing Daniel Tiger’s “Try new things they might tast gooo-oooooood”.

I’ve been making smoothies almost daily for many years now and have been finding some rockin’ ways to amp up my usuals.  I don’t need to tell you why smoothies are great, do I?  Go watch Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead if you haven’t seen it (stream’able on netflix).  These ingredients make smoothies go from tasting like something you threw together in your kitchen to something you paid $8 for at the fancy juice place in town.

photo (3)My favorite things to add to smoothies are-

  • Mint (who doesn’t love something that tastes like a mojito?!)
  • Ginger (such a nice warmy kick)
  • Acid (for that extra tang)

Experiment with adding these to your normal smoothies, either one at a time or be bold and throw them all in!  Acid (lemon, lime, or OJ) balances out greens really well.  These ingredients also pair well with other items.  Here’s my current favorite combos-

  • Mint with cucumber / celery / pineapple
  • Ginger with frozen peaches / mango / carrotts
  • OJ with spinach / banana / strawberries
  • Lime with cucumber /mango /pineapple

I’m getting hungry just thinking about all these delicious combos.  When making your smoothies, don’t forget to throw in some greens along with some healthy fats and protein (flax seeds, chia seeds, almonds, coconut oil, avocado, protein powder)- this is where the energy and fullness comes from.

Excuse me while I go make myself one!  Did I miss anything?  What are your favorite unexpected smoothie ingredients?


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