01 Feb Worlds Best Smoothies!
Ok maybe it isn’t the best smoothie you have ever had, but these three are damn good and damn healthy
I love this article and infographic from Precision Nutrition that helps patients know the basic combination of smoothie ingredients to optimize its nutritional value.
In short, a morning smoothie is best (read most balanced) when it contains veggies, fruit, a healthy fat, a liquid, optional protein powder, and optional vitamins / supplements.
The ratio of what is best for you depends on your body and your physiology. I have systematically determined that my body needs more carbohydrates than what might be the human average, in order for me to feel my best – nothing more scientific than personal observation.
Whether through your own experimentation or advice from a nutrition expert, I recommend trying to determine which percentage combination of fats, proteins, and carbohydrates works best for you and tailoring your smoothie, and of course your diet, to match it.
Another consideration, I generally don’t need protein powder because I make sure that my daily protein intake is adequate, but you might like / want / need protein powder in yours
1 Thumb fresh Ginger
1/2 – 1 handful of fresh green spinach
1 handful Frozen Mango chunks (1/2 – 1/3 of 500 ml container) – I like PC and it is only $3.99!
1 small carrot peeled
(Mango: spinach : carrot = 3:2:1 ratio )
1 T ground flax seeds or chia seeds
5 leaves Thai (purple) Basil – is amazing – get it at No Frills, T&T, or Chinese markets near you
Top with cold water
Optional protein powder mixed to match desired amount or consistency
Optional 1/2 banana for sweetness and consistency
Roast 3-4 beets on Sunday by peeling them, cut them in half, place in aluminum foil with a lug of olive oil and pinch of salt for 35 min at 350 Fahrenheit )
1 – 1/2 roasted beet
1/2 handful kale
1 cup Frozen mixed berries (ie PC brand 4 berry blend)
1 Palm of walnuts
1 Thumb fresh tumeric
Orange juice or water (add honey or agave nectar for added goodness with the H20)
1 spoon dollop of Greek yogurt (honey or vanilla PC brand is amazing)
Optional 2T granola topping
1 peeled banana
1 handful frozen strawberries
1/2 cup roasted beets
2 T natural peanut or almond butter
2 T Flax seed
Unsweetened vanilla almond milk to top
Optional: Granola and Greek vanilla yogurt