I don’t know if you’ve heard, but smoothies are kind of a big deal in the nutrition world. For good reason.
If you’re looking to add a seriously nutrient dense meals or snacks into your day, smoothies are the way to go. I’m going to share with you the low-down on how to boost your smoothie, in order to get the most bang for your buck, in smoothie form!
Smoothies have become such a staple in the health and nutrition world, and rightfully so. It’s so easy to add nutrient dense food all into one meal, and still have it taste great. There are endless options and combinations for smoothies to satisfy everyone’s cravings, needs, and taste buds. Smoothies are great, not only because of the nutrients, however, because, they actually fill up that tummy. You are able to have a smoothie as a full meal, and with my tips on how to boost your smoothie, this meal, or snack, it will become one of the more nutritious parts of your daily diet.
Start with your fruit.
Your fruit usually determines to flavour you’re going for. Now, try to stick to only one or two servings of fruit because fruit sugars can add up fast. You don’t want to spike your blood sugar to fast.
For those who like em’ thick.
I like my smoothies on the thick side. I find they keep me fuller, longer and I enjoy the texture. Different food I use to help thicken my smoothies are bananas, avocado, frozen zucchini, frozen cauliflower (steamed), or frozen butternut squash (steamed). Now, this might sound odd, butternut squash in my smoothie? However, I promise you, it will not change the taste of your smoothie if you only add about 2-4, 1 inch chunks. It’s also a great way to boost your smoothie by adding some extra veggies.
Fill your tummy and fuel those muscles.
The next important part of your smoothie is the protein. Protein is essential for your body to build muscle, to sustain energy, and ultimately keep you full and fueled for the day. To boost your smoothie, protein powder is your best option. Ok, got the protein powder part, but how do you know which kind to use? Honestly, I‘ve tried numerous protein powders over the years, and I always come back to the same types of powders. I find I like the clean vegan protein powders the best. I find that the cleaner the ingredients, the better I feel about putting them into my body. There are a ton of different brands that carry clean vegan protein powders. Two of my favourite are Vega and Genuine Health, you can find them on my products page here. The flavours are up to you, I enjoy chocolate, coconut, and vanilla. If you are new to protein powders, I recommend the Genuine Health Vegan protein powder. Its is smooth and tastes great.
Does my smoothie have to be green?
The answer is no, however if you’re looking to boost your smoothie to its maximum potential I recommend adding a dark leafy green. Dark leafy greens contain tons of fibre, vitamins, minerals, and act as antioxidants in the body. If putting something dark green in your smoothie is a scary thought, I suggest starting with spinach. I find spinach the least noticeable, not changing the flavour of the smoothie. Other options are kale, collard greens, or a greens powder. Genuine Health has a good greens powder, I prefer the natural flavoured one. Again, if you are new to the green smoothie thing, start slow, gradually work your way up to a large handful of dark leafy greens, or a full scoop of greens powder.
Fats. Healthy fats that is.
In order to boost your smoothie even further, you should be adding a healthy fat. This creates a balanced meal (carbs, protein, fats). The healthy fats I like to use are usually in the form of seeds. Flaxseeds, chia seeds, and hemp seeds. I will add a tbsp of each. Keep in mind if you have already added some avocado as your thickener, you already have a healthy fat. Seeds have more than just healthy fats so you can still add them for extra protein, iron, fibre, and more. It’s up to your preference on how much fat you want to intake. I love lots of healthy fats!
Powders, worth the craze?
In my opinion yes! There are so many superfood powder options to add into your smoothie, the options are endless. You can cater which powders you use to meet the needs of your body. If you are unfamiliar with powders, it can be a little overwhelming to choose which ones are best for you. However, I recommend researching a little about superfood powders to find the ones that meet your needs. Because there are so many options, powders can seriously boost your smoothie game to another level. There are powders for almost anybody’s needs; fatigue, anxiety, skin problems, digestion, brain function, you got a problem, there’s a powder for it.
All about that base.
Lastly, you’ll want to add a liquid to your smoothie for blending. I usually add water, however if I’m feeling a creamier smoothie I’ll go for unsweetened coconut milk or almond milk. I don’t recommend using juice because, juice has a lot of sugar in it. You don’t need juice to boost your smoothie from a nutrient standpoint.
That’s a lot in one drink.
Yes, it is a lot of things to remember when making your smoothie. However, in order to boost your smoothie to its maximum potential I do recommend trying to add all these elements to it. If, you are new to the smoothie game, try at least hitting all of these elements throughout the week. Here are some of my top smoothie recipes you can try too. This way you will be getting a balanced nutrient intake throughout the week, then you are work your way up to it daily.