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Whether you are a morning person or not, breakfast is an essential part of your overall wellbeing. Starting your day off with a smoothie will help ensure you are getting your daily dose of fruit and vegetables. Julie starts every morning with one! When it comes to building a smoothie, there are endless possibilities, but it's best to stick to a few basics in order to ensure you're getting the most nutrients to keep you fueled and feeling your best throughout the day. Check them out below.
The foundation of a smoothie starts with frozen fruit. Add in about 1/4 to 1/2 cup of your favorite fruit.
Fruit Options: Strawberries, Blueberries, Blackberries, Raspberries, Mango, Pineapple, Peaches, Banana
Vegetables are the perfect way to add extra nutrients into your smoothies. Whether you want to keep it simple and add in a handful of greens, or add the entire vegetable into your smoothie, there are countless options, and most of them you can't even taste!
Veggies: Spinach, Kale, Beets, Carrots, Frozen & Steamed Zucchini, Squash, Cauliflower
Healthy fats are an essential smoothie ingredient and will keep you satiated for longer. Avocados are a great option because they help make your smoothie thicker and creamier, but there are lots of equally delicious choices.
Healthy fats: Almond Butter, Peanut Butter, Cashew Butter, Avocado, Coconut Oil, Ghee
Adding a liquid will help give your smoothie the right consistency. For a thicker smoothie or a smoothie bowl, use less liquid. Nut milks add an extra boost of protein, while coconut water will keep you hydrated.
Liquids: Water, Almond Milk, Rice Milk, Cashew Milk, Milk, Coconut Water
Superfoods & Supplements
Now that you have the foundation of a smoothie you can add in the extras for flavor and more nutrients. Chia seeds, flax seeds and hemp seeds are great because they're high in fiber and omega-3's.
Other Additives: Cacao Powder, Whey Protein Powder, Hemp Protein, Collagen Peptides, Cinnamon
Toppings are the best part of the smoothies. If you are looking for more texture, add things that will give you a little crunch.
Optional Toppings: Unsweetened Coconut Flakes, Cacao Nibs, Gluten-Free Granola, Bee Pollen, Goji Berries, Fruit, Nuts
TRY THESE NUTRITIOUS READY-TO-DRINK SMOOTHIES:
Strawberry Dream // strawberries, almonds, beets, rice milk, agave
Green Radiance // spinach, apples, strawberries, mango, coconut oil, ginger