Smoothies are all the rage!  And rightly so…. They are a fabulous way to jam-pack your breakfasts and snacks with a ton of nutrition.  Why do we love smoothies?  Because they answer the need of having an easy, convenient breakfast that has many servings of vegetables (yes, vegetables), protein and fruit.

Let’s have a closer look at the pros and cons of drinking your meal.

Smoothie Benefits

1 They are convenient.  Within 5 minutes you can have a full calorie, balanced breakfast packed with nutrition that you can then drink on the spot or take with you to snack-on-the-go.

2 – They are nutritious. There is so many different superfoods that you can throw into your blender that will mix together to make a great smoothie.  Kale, spinach, cucumbers, ginger, avocado…. The possibilities are endless.  You can also add liquid or powder supplements such as protein powders or green powders to boost the nutritional value even more.

3 – They are bio-available.  The fact that you’ve just pulverized your veggies and fruits means that it’s super easy for your body to absorb the smoothie’s nutrients right away.  Usually, within 30 minutes, assuming that you do not have any digestive issues.

Smoothie Pitfalls

1 – They are cold. And there’s no real way around that unless you are letting them sit at room temperature for an hour before drinking.  For some people, drinking ice cold drinks causes a problem with their digestion.  There is merit to eating or drinking foods that are not ice cold.  We recommend using frozen fruit as your way of making your smoothie the desired consistency and not adding ice.  You’ll find that your smoothie is at a lower, more reasonable temperate. As a side note, studies show that drinking cold drinks helps to boost metabolism.

2 – They are high in sugar. Depending on what you’re putting into your smoothie, most of them are naturally high in sugar.  For this reason, we recommend that you limit your fruits to a maximum of 1 cup, add some avocado or coconut oil, some protein powder or plain Greek yogurt for protein and some veggies for added fibre.  It is not recommended to use juice as the mixing liquid.  Rather, we suggest that you add unsweetened dairy alternatives, water or coconut milk.

3 – They can get boring.  Drinking your meals, the same type daily, can get pretty monotonous.  Take the time to add different combinations of fruits and vegetables to create different flavours.  You can also make them into popsicles or try a smoothie bowl with different toppings.  

Check out our unique smoothie recipes below or click for more ideas HERE

1 – Blueberry Kale (or Spinach) Smoothie

Blueberries, kale, ginger and coconut team up to give you a smoothie that will boost your immune system, lower inflammation and keep your gut happy.  Make sure you are using unsweetened almond milk and coconut flakes.

Blend these delicious ingredients together to make 2 servings:

2 cups frozen blueberries

1 1/2 cups almond milk, unsweetened vanilla

1 handful kale leaves, stems removed

1 banana, sliced and frozen

1 tbsp coconut flakes, unsweetened

2 tsp fresh ginger, finely chopped

2 – Green Pina Colada Smoothie

We promise you that you won’t taste the spinach in this delicious smoothie.  Coconut, banana and pineapple give you the feeling of a tropical paradise while also adding a ton of fibre to this morning meal.

Blend to desired consistency:

1 banana, peeled and sliced

1 inch fresh ginger, peeled

2 handfuls baby spinach, fresh

1 cup crushed pineapple, frozen

1/2 cup coconut water

1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk

3 – Coffee Crazy Smoothie

This is a new and energizing way to enjoy your morning coffee.  Great for that extra boost, this smoothie will also reduce inflammation, help balance your hormones and your blood sugar.  Sea salt is often added to foods to enhance the flavour to the palate.  By using sea salt, you are not only increasing the flavour but adding essential minerals to your meal.

Blend and enJOY!

1/2 cup almond milk, unsweetened

1/2 cup soft/silken tofu

1 tsp cacao powder

1/2 tsp instant coffee

1 tsp maple syrup or other sweetener, if desired

pinch of sea salt

4 – Pink Passion Smoothie Bowl

What’s so great about smoothie bowls is that you can change the flavour and texture by topping your smoothie with different nuts, seeds and berries.  The same recipe can taste completely different topped with blueberries and coconut or almond butter and pumpkin seeds.  Try this delicious base and then explore your topping options.  Avocado, coconut and chia seeds are a sure way to boost your fibre and antioxidants – setting you up for a great day.

Enjoy these delicious ingredients. Just blend a bit thicker than your usual smoothie:

1/2 cup almond milk, unsweetened

1/2 cup Greek yogurt

1/2 frozen banana

1/2 avocado, diced

1/2 cup frozen blueberries

1 tsp chia seeds

Top with whatever you desire – coconut flakes, homemade granola, hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds, walnuts…

5 – Mango Bowl

Not sure what to do with your leftover cauliflower?  Try adding it to smoothies!  Cauliflower is so versatile that you can do almost anything with it.  The delicious taste of the mangoes and blueberries will not only add to your cancer-fighting elements but they’ll mask the taste of your cruciferous veggie.  Hemp and chia add healthy fats and more fibre.  Turmeric will give your smoothie it’s bright color while lowering inflammation in the body.  We challenge you to try this bowl today.

Here’s the list of yumminess:

1/2 cup almond milk, unsweetened

1/2 cup frozen mango, chunks

1/2 cup cauliflower, cooked

2 tsp coconut oil

1/2 tsp ground tumeric

Top with: blueberries, chia seeds, hemp seeds and shredded coconut (or anything else you have on hand!

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