It’s Time to Up Your Smoothie Game
Are you getting what you actually need from your smoothie? Let me rephrase: Is your body getting what it actually needs from your smoothie?
Though smoothies and acai bowls have seen a recent resurgence as of late, I sometimes wonder if your typical fruit smoothie is enough. That’s why it’s time to up your smoothie game. If you’re using morning (or noon-time smoothies) as an excuse to pack in the fruit (and in turn, pack in the sugar!), then you’re going about your smoothie all wrong.
Smoothies can be an excellent source of protein, not just an exorbitant amount of natural sugar. In order to step up your smoothie game and ensure that your body is getting the nutrients it needs, make sure you’re adding the ingredients that your body is telling you it needs.
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Don’t skip out on the protein.
Smoothies are an excellent chance to “sneak” in some plant-based protein into your system. You can do this by adding a few tablespoons of quinoa, 1/4 cup of greek yogurt, a scoop of protein powder, oats, spinach, hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds, or almond butter.
Avoid adding sweeteners.
No, you’re smoothie doesn’t need any sweeteners! I promise you this. Almond milk, bananas, and fruits are all natural ways to make your smoothie taste sweeter. If it ends up being too sweet, you can always salvage the taste with a drop of lime or lemon juice.
Add the ice last.
No, seriously. It may seem like order doesn’t matter but in the case of making the most out of your healthy fats, it doesn’t. When you add ice first — and too much ice at that — it’s harder for the healthy fats like coconut oil or any kind of seeds you might add to reap their benefits.