While trying to figure out what to write in this post, I decided to refuel my brain cells by doing a little baking….which resulted in me eating chocolate chip cookies while writing about healthy living. That’s probably a sign that I shouldn’t be giving advice…..
Or maybe I should….One of the reasons I actually wanted to add this ‘healthy living’ column onto the blog was not so I could tell you to drink green juices, and eat weird chips that look like they could pass for cardboard, or do a crazy insane cleanse. It’s so I could pass along the ways I stay healthy in a totally normal, not-having-to-sacrifice-chocolate-or-wine type of way. Hence the cookie eating above. After all, a couple of cookies never hurt nobody…
Now that we’ve thoroughly discussed my inability to stay away from sweets even when discussing healthy eating, let’s get to today’s topic- smoothies. One of my tricks for keeping my diet in check is to drink smoothies. I usually start my morning off with one, other times I drink one as an afternoon snack. It’s a great source of energy, it helps me stay full, it satisfies my sweet tooth (and occasionally my ice-cream craving), and it helps me detox after a day or two of unhealthy eating. Some of my favorite combos include-
- Mango, banana, kale
- Peanut butter, banana, cocoa powder
- Strawberry, pineapple, banana
- Mixed berries, banana, kale
- Apple, pineapple, mango, banana
My biggest trick for achieving the perfect smoothie is to always add at least a half of a frozen banana (I buy bananas in bulk, peel them, toss them in a ziplock bag and freeze them, then I just pull out whatever I need for my smoothies, or banana bread). It will make your smoothie sweet, creamy and it really helps to bind all the flavors together. As far as liquid, I usually just use water. I use mostly frozen fruit so I never add ice and occasionally I’ll toss in some Greek yogurt for extra creaminess.
No matter what smoothie flavor I make, I always add in a few supplement boosts. For me that includes a teaspoon of flaxseed oil, a teaspoon of coconut oil, a tablespoon of brewer’s yeast, and a teaspoon of chia seeds.
I’d love to know, what are your favorite smoothie flavors and do you add supplements to them as well?