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How To Build The Perfect Smoothie?

How To Build The Perfect Smoothie?

How To Build The Perfect Smoothie?

Smoothies are one of the simplest and quickest ways to get in a high dose of nutrients for the day. A base is important as this is the meat of the smoothie. For a creamy smoothie choose a banana or an avocado. Add half a cup or so of your favorite fruit. Berries are an optimal choice as they contain the least amount of sugar and are loaded with fiber. There are other options as well. 

Smoothies are one of the simplest and quickest ways to get in a high dose of nutrients for the day. Unlike juicing, where fiber and pulp is removed, smoothies utilize the whole of the ingredients. Fiber is critical for maintaining blood sugar, helping you to feel full, and keeping a stable weight. For those without hampered digestion, a combination of juicing and smoothies can be very effective.

How do you make the perfect smoothie? What should be included? How do you know if you are getting enough nutrients? Certainly you can blend anything you like, but there are guidelines to follow to make sure what you are eating both satiates you and is nutrient-dense.

How To Build The Perfect Smoothie?

Start With Your Base

A base is important as this is the meat of the smoothie. For a creamy smoothie choose a banana or an avocado. For a thinner smoothie omit the base and simply opt for ice.

TIP: if you are trying to lose weight skip the banana. It has too much sugar.

Choose Fresh or Frozen Fruit

Next up is adding a half a cup or so of your favorite fruit. Berries are an optimal choice as they contain the least amount of sugar and are loaded with fiber. Frozen wild blueberries are anti-oxidant rich and are a good source of Vitamin K, C, and manganese.

Choose Your Protein

Protein helps you to maintain muscle mass while burning fat. Many people do not get enough protein in their daily diet, so making sure to sneak it in a smoothie is a great idea. You can simply use a teaspoon of your favorite nut butter or opt for a protein powder. Protein powders come in many different varieties – pea protein, hemp protein, whey protein, and more. I personally use a whey protein powder as this is a complete protein, is gluten free, and helps to fight sarcopenia – muscle loss due to age. Whey contains high amounts of leucine, an amino acid, that stimulates muscle growth. This is the whey protein powder that I use.

Add A Green

Even if you are not trying to make a green smoothie, you can hide greens in a smoothie and still have it taste great. A wonderful combination is baby spinach in a chocolate whey protein smoothie complete with fresh raspberries. You taste the raspberries and the chocolate, but not the spinach! Mix up your greens of choice so you vary your nutrient intake.

TIP: If you have a thyroid issue make sure to lightly blanch or steam your greens first.

Add A Healthy Fat

You’ve already got this covered if you added in a nut butter for your protein or an avocado for your base. If not, throw in a handful of almonds, a teaspoon of coconut butter (oil) or some flax oil. Contrary to popular belief, fat does not make you fat. In fact, fat is needed for healthy joints, brain, heart, metabolism, and more. It also makes your smoothie more delicious.

Choose Your Liquid

Plain filtered water makes for a fine base, but you can mix it up with any of these choices: coconut water, almond milk, coconut milk, cashew or hemp milk. Avoid adding a pre-made liquid yogurt as your liquid. Unless it is plain, it is loaded with sugar and destroys the integrity of your otherwise healthy smoothie.

Add a Booster

Want to take your smoothie to the next level? Add in a superfood. A superfood is any food where the nutrient content far exceeds the density of the item. Some superfoods that are great to add to smoothies are: raw cacao powder, flax seeds, maca powder, bee pollen, and coconut oil.

If you find that you need to add a little sweetness to your smoothie, raw dates are a great choice or one of these healthier sweeteners. Skip it if you can, though! Often the fruit you use provides all of the sweetness that you need.

Disclaimer: The content is purely informative and educational in nature and should not be construed as medical advice. Please use the content only in consultation with an appropriate certified medical or healthcare professional.

Janelle Casella

Janelle is a Certified Health Coach helping women get nourished from the inside out with food and wellness tips that work. Janelle is based north of Boston but helps clients nationwide via phone, skype, and online programs. Janelle helps busy women restore health naturally for increased mental clarity, improved sleep, better digestion, management of autoimmune issues and natural weight loss. Janelle graduated from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City and teaches Nutrition courses at the New Hampshire Institute for Therapeutic Arts. Her education and experience has equipped her with extensive knowledge in holistic nutrition, health coaching, and preventive health. Her signature Nourish 21 online program is a crash course in nutrition that helps folks navigate through all of the contradictory nutritional information available while teaching the overlapping truths. To learn more about her work and her available programs please visit www.perfectlynourished.com.

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