Healthy Beauty: My Everyday Smoothie
This past week I have been trying to focus getting my diet on better track. I have been making a “green” smoothie (i put that in quotes because the one I make turns more purple than green!) everyday, and its super delicious and ridiculously good for me. I prefer blending over juicing because you’re getting the full fruit/veggie, and it fills you up MUCH more. Juicing doesn’t give you the fiber and has a lot of waste. If you like juicing, thats fine, its just not for me!
I also have a Vitamix, which was a huge investment for a blender but I don’t regret it for a second. The thing is a power machine and is able to make my smoothie as thin as juice with no chunks in seconds.
Here’s how to make it:
10 oz Coconut Water: I buy Zico in bulk at Costco. I only know I use 10 oz because my blender has a measuring thing on the side :) Coconut water is super good for you and has loads of potassium and other electrolytes.
4oz Acai Juice: Also get this at Costco. Acai is a superfood full of antioxidants and tastes awesome.
2 Handfuls Baby Kale: I get a monster bag of baby kale from Costco and it lasts for about a week and a half of daily smoothies. I prefer this to regular kale because its easier to work with and the taste is much more mild and easier to hide than normal kale. Kale is great for you because it has lots of iron, antioxidants, and other vitamins, and is really low in calories. *If you don’t have a really good blender, use spinach instead of kale, as it is easier to blend down*
2 Handfuls Frozen Berries: Another Costco buy- this is a mix of raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries.
1 Lemon: For awhile I was using just lemon juice, but I loooove sour things and so I just started adding a whole peeled lemon. It completely hides the bitter kale taste.
1T Ground Flaxseed: Gotta get those omega-3’s! Flax Seed is also really high in fiber (but this whole smoothie is too, since its full of whole fruits and vegetables!)
Chia Seeds: Chia seeds are literally those seeds from Chia Pets. Weirdly enough they are super good for you! They also have Omega-3’s and antioxidants and have no flavor so they are easy to add to anything. The best way to have them is putting them in water, and the water will thicken up to a gel and you use the gel. You mix the seeds in a 1:9 ratio with the water (easiest to do this with a big batch and leave it in your fridge for when you need some) and then I add a few spoonfuls to the blender.
1/2 Scoop Banana Cream Protein Powder: Muscle Pharm is my favorite! Banana’s are amazing in smoothies and act as a thickener, but because I like my smoothies to be almost juice consistency and as thin as possible I don’t like using them, but I like the taste. Adding Protein powder to a smoothie is really rounding it out and making it that much more awesome.
Sometimes I will add a bit more regular water just to make sure the smoothie is really, really thin. Then, I blend it up!
When it’s done, it makes about 40oz of smoothie. This seems like a lot, but it’s mainly because I add so much liquid to thin it out. I drink this really quickly too as it tends to separate and I don’t like the way it tastes if it’s been in the fridge sitting around for awhile.
This will keep me full for hours and is so full of goodness! I feel great when I drink it and feel great at what I’m putting in my body.
What’s your go-to healthy meal??