Smoothies are an easy way to kick start the day! With the right ingredients you can create a tasty, healthy meal in just minutes. For beginners, start with the sweet flavors and slowly work over to the more savory options. Trying a smoothie with garlic and avocados on Day 1 of your smoothie adventure will probably not go too well.
A few tips about making them taste delicious:
- Bananas provide a strong, sweet flavor and a creamy consistency. When you need more “sweet,” add a banana.
- Spinach has virtually no flavor. Tossing in a handful of fresh spinach will add lots of nutrients without any strong “green” flavors.
- Peanut Butter can help slow down the digestion process so you don’t get a sugar rush from all of the fruit. It will allow your body to assimilate it slowly so you have longer lasting energy. All you need is 1 tablespoon.
- Don’t be afraid to add nuts! Walnuts, almonds, cashews – toss in a few!
- Don’t bother with juice. Unless you made it at home, chances are your fruit juice is loaded with sugar and unnecessary ingredients. You’ll get plenty of flavor from your fruits so simply use water instead.
- Frozen berries can replace ice cubes. This way your smoothie won’t get watery if it melts.
- Celery has a stronger flavor than you might think. Introduce it slowly.
- Out of bananas but need something sweet? Try raw honey, green stevia, lucuma powder or just toss in a few extra berries (or an orange). Careful with the lucuma – it has a strong taste and can be overpowering if you add too much.
- Don’t be afraid to pack your smoothie with good things. Add hemp powder, cacao powder, goji berries, maca (also a very strong flavor) or apple cider vinegar to fill it with nutrients.
- Add coconut oil. Coconut oil is an awesome way to fight off candida, round out your smoothie by adding some fats and boost your metabolism. My favorite brand is Tropical Traditions.
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The best thing to do with smoothies is experiment. Yes, play with your food! It’s allowed and even encouraged. Try out some recipes and then venture off and make your own. The best thing about smoothies is that you can almost always fix them by adding something else sweet to help with the “I’m eating grass” taste that occasionally happens.
Not sure where to start? Try a few recipes from this website. They have a lot of good options from sweet to savory. Then go dig out the blender and spice up your breakfast!