1. Start with your greens.
Greens are the number-one thing you can eat regularly to improve your health, and smoothies are a great way to consume more of them. You don’t have to chop them and yet they transform in just moments. And if you don’t love the taste of greens, you will hardly notice them given all of the other flavors in the smoothie.
Here’s my formula:
2. Toss in fruit.
Who needs to add sugar and syrups when fruit offers both natural sweetness and antioxidants? The key is to keep the portion in check to help limit the calories.
The fruit formula:
3. Pack in some protein.
4. Add a liquid with benefits and without drawbacks.
If you don’t add a protein that’s a liquid (i.e., you don’t choose skim milk or plant milk), you’ll want to ease the blending process by adding a liquid that doesn’t pack calories or sweeteners. Here’s your winning liquid line-up:
5. Add spices (and herbs) to your smoothies, your health and your life!
Spices and herbs add a burst of flavor and are loaded with powerful phytonutrients that help to prevent inflammation and protect the body against chronic disease. Try adding grated ginger or spices like cinnamon, which add natural sweetness, or turmeric, which gives a warm and bitter kick. Mint and cacao powder area also good ways to add a flavorful punch.