Smoothies are the convenient health food.
Everyone and their mothers sisters uncle now owns a high-tech blender for making tasty offerings for the whole family to enjoy. Typically, smoothies consist of ice, juice, fruit and maybe a favorite protein powder if you’re lucky.
However, there are so many other ingredients to put in your morning smoothie that may not be on your radar yet, but are tremendous for your health.
Juice (from a juicer)
Many prefer using a juice base to sweeten up smoothies. Just make sure to avoid juice with any added sugar, high fructose corn syrup, additives and/or preservatives. To ensure the freshest quality, try using juice from a juicer. Juicing keeps the vital nutrients, antioxidants, and enzymes that store bought juice can lack. Juice made from home is also considered a whole food with more prana (life force energy) than juice that has been sealed in a bottle, can, or carton for months on end.
Local and organic is your best bet for the freshest produce to juice. If you don’t have a juicer you can also try coconut water as a substitute for juice, which is loaded with electrolytes and still gives you that added sweetness we all crave.
Many people are experiencing allergies to cow’s milk nowadays. Plant based “mylks” are an awesome substitute that provide high amounts of omegas and protein. Yummy “mylks” made from things like coconuts, hemp seeds, almonds, and sunflowers are totally in right now. To avoid any unnecessary ingredients try making your “mylk” at home. It’s actually pretty easy – simply soak overnight, rinse, add filtered water, blend, then strain, and voila (homemade mylk)!
Use tea instead of juice or milk for the added health benefits, which include anti-aging properties and increased energy, without the high sugar content. Try experimenting with herbal and green tea for a different experience altogether.
Drinking oils has been used as a folk remedy in ancient cultures for centuries. From arthritis and digestive disorders to skin health and detox – oils are a must! Coconut, sesame, and olive oil can easily be poured into your smoothie for added health benefits and can also for a subtle nutty flavor. They help with proper brain function, weight loss and are incredibly medicinal. (Chose organic, cold-pressed, extra virgin oils for the highest quality.)