Smoothies

 

There are so many ways to make smoothies. Experiment and you will find what you love. The more your smoothies are vegetables and less fruit the better. If you are working on loosing weight for your health, you especially need to think about how much fruit is in your smoothies, because it is possible to consume much larger quantities of fruit when you are drinking smoothies. Smoothies taste best and have the most nutrients if you eat them immediately after you make them. Smoothies have the whole fruit and vegetable in them, which increases their micronutrient intake and because they are cut up - the phyto-chemicals in greens are more bioavailable. (Juicing can be healthy too - but when when you juice a vegetable you loose the fiber and most of the protein). 

 

Smoothie Making Tools

 

To make a smoothy you need a blender.

Vitamix - My favorite blender is the the Vitamix - a high powered blender that can blend almost anything. There are other brands of high powered blenders. 

Nutribullet - A great travel blender. 

Any regular blender - will work in a pinch. The trick for making kale smoothies in a regular blender is to use frozen kale.

Strawberry Kale Smoothie

3 Cups of Kale, washed and stripped off the stem.

2 Cups of Frozen Strawberries.

1 Frozen Banana*

2 Cups of Plain, Unsweetened Soy, Hemp or Almond Milk.

Place kale in the Vitamix and then strawberries, banana and soy/nut milk. Blend until smooth. Drink immediately.

 

Blueberry Smoothie

2 Cups Blueberries

1 Frozen Banana*

3 Cups Lettuce, Washed

2 Cups Unsweetened Almond, Soy or Hemp Milk

Blend all ingredients in a Vitamix or other high-powered blender until smooth. Drink immediately. 

 

* A note on frozen bananas – when bananas are fully ripe, peel, slice into thirds and place them in a plastic sealed bag in the freezer. Freeze for at least 24 hours before use. I always have a stash of frozen bananas in my freezer. Trader Joe's and Costco now sell mixes of frozen organic fruit that includes frozen bananas.