Smoothies are a great way to get your vegetables every day.
They’re easy to make:
Chuck all your ingredients in a blender
You can make them out of whatever you have in the fridge
It’s already blended and partially broken down without chewing. Theoretically, that makes all the vegetable goodness easier to digest and absorb. Besides unlocking lots of macronutrients and micronutrients, you get lots of fiber as well.
It’s really fun to customize smoothies, and they never get boring because they can be different every day. You don’t have to do any work ahead of time except buying some extra produce when you’re at the store.
Some of my favorites:
Kale with stems, carrot, avocado, avocado, avocado, peanut butter, chocolate protein powder, cocoa powder, frozen bluebs, ice.
Celery, kale, avocado, cocoa powder, chocolate protein powder, peanut butter, ice.
Carrot, banana, vanilla protein powder, cauliflower, ice.
Kale with stems, salad mix, avocado, carrot, fresh ginger, fresh turmeric, jalapeño, lime juice, green tea, ice cubes.
Kale, celery, blueberries, yogurt.
Peanut butter, avocado, banana, baby kale, chocolate protein powder, milk, ice.
Ice, blueberries, jalapeño, baby kale mix, avocado, lime, turmeric, ginger.
A few tips!
Blend with ice cubes. Room temperature smoothies are not the greatest. If you’re having trouble getting into the smoothie habit the game changer could be adding ice to make them cold.
Add a wide variety of vegetables and plenty of them. Don’t just drop in a kale leaf, banana, and glob of peanut butter. You can make a smoothie with up to 10 components without making the flavors muddy. It’s all about the balance.
Chunky smoothies are meh. Blend it for longer than you think you need to get a better texture.
Freeze extra smoothie in ice cube trays. If you make too much smoothie and it doesn’t fit in your glass, you can freeze the extra and pop a few cubes of the frozen stuff into your next smoothie.
If your blender is having trouble blending all the health, it might need more liquid. Try adding 1 cup (or more) of water, milk, or yogurt (or some other liquid) to the blender first and adding veg etc. on top of that.
Shout out to Dr. Rhonda Patrick for inspiring my increased smoothie intake.