As many of my long-time readers know, I have been having smoothies for breakfast for about 10 years. I am not super hungry in the morning and smoothies feel best in my body.
I’ve been asked recently how I make smoothies. I have a base that I use for almost all of my smoothies:
- 1/2 cup liquid (Water, various kinds of milk, coconut water, cider, juice)
- 2 heaping tablespoons of plain yogurt (Whatever ends up on the spoon when I scoop it out)
- a handful of nuts or seeds for protein as I hate the texture and taste of protein powders
- Fiber powder
- Most smoothies don’t need any extra sweetness, but if I make an extra citrusy one I may put in some honey, Stevia, dates, or banana.
Then I add a variety of fruits and vegetables. My favorite vegetables are spinach, swiss chard, avocado, beets, and carrots. All but the carrots are frozen. I get garden greens to harvest from my garden, avocado from the store and freeze canned beets.
During the summer, I cut and freeze fruits from the local farms. I have bags of peaches, blueberries, and strawberries. I’ve already finished my raspberries. I didn’t get many this year. And then I freeze fresh fruit from the store like grapes, bananas and pineapple. Sometimes I’ll splurge on dragonfruit or other specialty fruit from the freezer section.
I also put fresh fruits and vegetables in. As it’s winter here at the moment I have lots of citrus and pear smoothies.
Then I will usually add something extra like chia seeds (I put in right before mixing), flax seed, or goji berries. Whatever I have to provide an extra nutritional boost.
I like adding flavors as well, so vanilla, almond, cinnamon, nutmeg, turmeric, chili, mint, and on special occasions chocolate.
I make my smoothies at night, so in the morning I only have to place it on my smoothie maker and mix.
Right before I blend my smoothie, I add Collagen powder. Also chia seeds if I am using them, as both of these thicken a smoothie if you let it sit over night.
What are your favorite smoothies?
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