I’ve been making smoothies for about 13 years, and my blueprint for making them has changed ALOT in that time.
Generally speaking I make smoothies for breakfast, and back in the day they were basically glorified desserts! I learned through the years exactly what we want our smoothies to contain, and I am so excited to share my smoothie do’s and don’ts with you ANNNDD if you make it all the way through I have my go to recipe for you at the bottom.
Alright, lets start with some things to consider avoiding..
- Juice base
This is going to spike your sugar, leaving you wired for an hour, then starving and sleepy
- Fill with fruit
It is SO tempting to put all your faves in there, but by putting lots of fruit in we’re circling back to a risk of spiked sugar, which is no bueno for long term health
- Make an intensively ‘green’ smoothie you aren’t ready for
If you know you don’t like spinach, celery, cucumber etc, then don’t jump straight into a smoothie you know you are going to hate! Put at least one thing in that you know you are going to love, and work up to the mega greens
- Put too much pressure on your smoothie
If there is no protein and no fat in your concoction, there is no way your body is going to stay full for hours. There has to be sustenance in it in order for you to feel sustained
KAY lecture over! We all solemnly swear not to exclusively base our smoothies with fruit juice. Now on to the good stuff..
- Neutral base
Milk/mylk, brewed tea, water are all fab options to start you off. I like to stick with nut mylks as they give my smoothies a thicker and creamier texture
I ALWAYS include some kind of fat. Fat is an essential part of our cellular building blocks, as well as important for brain health. We want to make sure the type of fat we’re including is going to serve us well. Personally I go with either 1tspn- 1tbspn MCT oil or ¼ of an avocado
This is the ‘meat’ of your smoothie. This is basically what will make it more of a meal replacement.
I mean I’m not a nutritionist, but we all need fiber right?!
I LOVE greens. I love seeing the colour green in my smoothie, because it makes me feel like I’m literally feeding myself from the earth. Greens can be all different things, but I particularly like adding spinach, spirulina, chlorella, and cucumber to my mixes
A little goes a long way to boost the deliciousness of a smoothie. I like to use peppermint, lemon, grapefruit, 1/2 banana, yogurt, handful of fruit, 1tbsp cacao, or a tbsp of hazelnut butter to add a bit of excitement
If you’re curious to read more about exciting, but super healthy ways to make a smoothie, check out my FAVE Kelly Leveque. Learning from her really changed my smoothie making game.
Okay, HERE WE GO! My Favourite Green Jungle smoothie recipe
Green Jungle Smoothie
Ready in 5 minutes
Serves 1 person
- 1.5- 2 Cups Milk/Mylk
- Protein powder
- ¼ Avocado OR 1tsp-1tbsn MCT Oil
- Handful of Spinach OR kale
- 6-8 Slices of cucumber
- ½ banana
- ¼-½ cup Coconut yogurt
- 1 drop doterra peppermint oil
- 2 drops doterra lemon oil
- Please note ONLY doterra essential oil are safe for ingesting
- 1 tbsp Hemp hearts
- 1 tbsp Chia seeds
- 1 Scoop Botanica Perfect Greens
- 1 tsp Ashwagandha powder
- In your blender add the milk base first
- Add all the powders
- Add all the vegetables and fruit
- Add lemon/peppermint
- Blend until everything is completely broken down together
- The consistency may change from time to time, so play with how much milk/yogurt/banana you like!
- If you don’t have doterra essential oils, you can absolutely use peppermint leaf and lemon juice!
So that’s it friends! My favourite smoothie recipe, I honestly make this 4/7 days of the week.
Give it a try and let me know what you think!
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