Have you joined the smoothie craze?
There are so many benefits to starting your day with a delicious smoothie including glowing skin, improved digestion, more energy and extra vitamins and minerals all in one lovely glass.
Unfortunately, so many people add too much fruit and extra sweetened milk drinks into their smoothies. When you throw in a banana, mango, pineapple and sweetened almond milk into your blender the end result may be delicious but you are going to cause a spike in blood sugar and you will have a huge crash in energy hours later.
That’s not what drinking a smoothie is all about.
I believe in adding very high quality pure protein powder and more greens than fruit. This way, it’s a low glycemic meal and your energy levels will be sustained for several hours after drinking the smoothie.
Here are three helpful ways to add more greens and goodness into your morning smoothies:
- Throw in a handful of spinach, kale, watercress or chard into the smoothie. Steamed broccoli is also delicious. You don’t have to measure exactly but a small handful is what I go for. Tip: add this into a berry smoothie (blueberries, blackberries etc.) and you won’t even notice that there is anything green in there. This is a great tip for fussy kids.
- Do you like salad? Add your salad to your smoothie! Romaine lettuce, parsley and cilantro are all wonderful choices and provide additional flavor.
- Add green powder. I like a teaspoon of spiraling or wheatgrass powder to my morning smoothie for an extra concentration of protein and iron.
Here is a simple recipe for a summery green smoothie that I’m loving right now:
Summer Greens Smoothie
1 small handful spinach
1 small handful kale, roughly chopped
1 sprig cilantro (or to taste – it’s quite a strong flavor!)
1/4 ripe avocado
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/2 frozen banana
2 scoops chocolate or vanilla protein powder: I love Shaklee 180 protein powder
Blend together until smooth and enjoy immediately