A lot of people think of smoothies as dessert-like treats but that’s just not true. In fact, depending on what you put in them, they can be incredibly healthy and serve as the perfect way to start your day. Don’t believe me? Check out the following fast facts about smoothies:
- They’re healthy. Smoothies can easily contain all the vitamins and nutrients you need to complete a balanced breakfast.
- They’re easy to transport. Blend it up and put it in a portable cup. Sip in the car and at your desk at work!
- They’re easy to modify. Add protein powder, spirulina, and other nutrient-rich powders to ramp up the health factor without affecting the taste.
Smoothies aren’t complicated. You can make them out of just about any fruits and veggies. But having a high quality blender on hand is a must. I’ve found immersion blenders to be the best value because you can control the process better and less of the smoothie goes to waste.
A rubber spatula can be helpful for getting the last bits of the smoothie off the blender blades and the bottom of your mixing cup. Also, a nice portable cup is handy. Make sure it has a leak-proof lid and is equipped with a thick straw for easy sipping.
As I already noted, just about any fruits or veggies will work in a smoothie, so feel free to experiment with flavors. But opting for tried and true combos when starting out like strawberry and banana, peach and mango, or avocado and banana and limit frustration.
Pro tip: You can add a handful of greens like kale or spinach to any fruity smoothie for a nutrition boost without affecting the flavor.
Here are a few items that work well in almost any smoothie. Keep these on hand for tasty improvisation:
- Spinach or kale
- Greek yogurt
- Ground flaxseeds
- Protein powder
- Soy milk
- Citrus fruits