Enjoying a smoothie each morning has become a daily routine over the last 5 years for me. It is vital to my all around well-being and without it I feel off-balanced. Hey, its not just for granola eating hippies! Wellness doesn’t have to be so serious, have fun with it!
What goes into my morning smoothie typically varies by whats in my kitchen, seasonal fruits/veggies or whatever is growing in my indoor garden. However my tried, true, and favorite organic ingredients are:
1 whole beet cut into small pieces
1 whole pear (or frozen peach slices)
1 Banana (cut & freeze your bananas if you don’t plan to use frozen fruit)
Spinach, chard, kale or a mix of all three. Spinach has the least impact on the flavor of your smoothie so if you’re not into an overpowering earthy flavor go with a handful of spinach. You can even wash the greens you cut from your beet and use them!
Handful of sprouts
1 Tablespoon Hemp protein powder
A slice of fresh ginger
About 10 whole almonds– I don’t have a vitamix blender but what I do have works just fine with blending the almonds so the smoothy is not undesirably chunky.
Almond or peanut butter are great alternatives for whole almonds- Be sure the butters are just that and do not contain added sugars.
Filtered water– Most of our tap water contains a number of metals (and fluoride) that are not beneficial for our bodies to absorb.
1/4 Organic fresh pressed Apple Juice– Again if you are not yet into the raw flavors of whole foods, apple juice can add some sweetness. Just be sure you are not adding a juice loaded with sugar as there is plenty of natural sweetener in fruits.
Add ice for an extra cold beverage
Half an avocado (or stick with banana)
Handful of greens
Half of a cucumber
Handful of sprouts (I use broccoli sprouts)
Tablespoon Hemp protein powder
1 whole pear
Tablespoon of coconut oil
Slice of fresh ginger
Adding an apple or a small amount of pressed apple juice will add sweetness without overpowering the flavors of the whole foods.
As you experiment you may find that the sweetness of the fruit is too much and you may even begin to enjoy the flavor of the raw whole foods.
Cheers to a happy, healthy, wholesome, and delicious drink! Let me know what you think!