Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Smoothies that ROCK!

Smoothies have been part of my diet now for a year or so.  They are the easiest way for me to sneak awesome greens and superfoods into my diet, as well as the diet of my four year old.

The easiest way to make a truly healthy smoothie is to add one of each group below to the mix.  The only exception to this is the superfoods - you can add as many as you want, though they may rack up the calories and fat.  If you are counting calories, just make sure you take these into account.

1. Non-diary milk* - about 1.5 cups
2. Greens - about 1 cup/ 1 big handful (or as much as you can handle ;)
3. Fruit - about 1 cup
4. Superfood - 1tsp - 1 tbsp depending on the food

Here are my favorite smoothies:

from Alejandro Junger's Clean book
2 servings

- 1.5 Cups Almond Milk
- 1/2 Cup Coconut Water
- 2 leaves Swiss Chard or Lacinato Kale, chopped
- 1/4 Avocado
- 1/2 Cup Mango Chunks
- 1/2 Cup Ice

ENERGY SMOOTHIE (aka the PB&J smoothie as we call it)
from Alejandro Junger's Clean book

- 1/4 cup almond butter
- 1-2 cardamom pods (or 1 tsp ground cardamom)
- 1 1/2 cup pure water
- 1 cup peaches
- 1/2 cup ice
(The recipe also calls for agave, but I don't recommend agave or any sweetener for that matter. You can read more here.)

CHOCO-NANA SUPERFOOD SMOOTHIE (aka OMG I love this smoothie)
this is my concoction, though I have to thank Nicole @ LifeLessBullshit.com for the cheat sheet

- 1.5 Cups Almond Milk
- 2 Cups Swiss Chard or Lacinato Kale, chopped
- 1 Banana (I like to cut it up and freeze it)
- 1 tbsp Raw Cacao
- 1 tbsp Hemp Seeds
- 1 tsp Coconut Oil
- 1 tsp Cinnamon
- 1/2 Cup Ice
- flax or chia to your preference (optional)

These are my three go-tos and they are all different and amazing. Plus, they are kid approved by my son.

Oh, and I found this awesome smoothie cheat sheet here: http://www.lifelessbullshit.com/green-smoothie/.  I left out step five, as I don't think most smoothies need added sweetener (and neither do we!).

Enjoy and remember to chew your smoothies!**

*Non-dairy milk is preferred.  I'll write a post about the "why" soon.
**Chewing fresh juices and smoothies activates saliva which helps aid digestion.  Plus, I think it helps you get full faster too. 

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