I’m sure it’s no secret by now that I LOVE SMOOTHIES. And ever since I got my amazing Ninja Blender for Christmas, I’ve made smoothies nearly every day. Not only are smoothies crazy delicious, but they have the ability to be jam packed with the vitamins, nutrients, and minerals our bodies both crave and deserve!
Yeah, I’m not talking about this “ready made smoothie mix-loaded with added nasty sugar-and let me put some ice cream in too” junk. I’m talking about smoothies that contain real fruits AND vegetables (kale FTW!). Healthy smoothies are those that are loaded with natural sugar (found in fruits), vitamins and nutrients, antioxidants, fiber, and even some healthy complex carbs! Say whaaaaaat! I know. Freaking awesome, right?
The FDA recommends that we get at least five servings of fruits and vegetables a day. (And no, fruit loops and veggie straws don’t count.) Now, how many of us can truly say that we are getting that much? Even though I try to eat clean, I often fail to reach that number, especially when it comes to vegetables! That’s where smoothies can be really beneficial.
I often get asked what recipes I follow when I make my smoothies. I can honestly say I’ve never really followed a recipe! That’s one of my favorite things about smoothies. There’s no recipe! Throw your favorite (frozen or not) fruits, vegetables, milk or base of choice, maybe some ice, and BAM. You’ve got a crazy delicious, antioxidant rich, nutrient dense, and super filling smoothie!!
Here are some of my staples when it comes to smoothies:
+frozen berries (any and all kinds!)
+spinach (I PROMISE you can’t even taste these!)
+avocados (healthy fats, yes!!)
+steel cut oats (complex carbs…so good for breakfast or lunch!)
+natural nut butter (almond or peanut is usually what I have, NO added sugar!)
+unsweetened almond, rice or coconut milk
+cold pressed, 100% juice bases
Now before you go and make yourself a crazy awesome delicious smoothie, stick around for this information, because it’s SUPER IMPORTANT HOW YOU EAT YOUR SMOOTHIE!
Yeah! I’m serious! The more I research I have found that smoothies NEED TO BE CHEWED. That’s why I make sure mine are thick and topped with tons of goodies! Smoothie bowls specifically are AWESOME because you’re tricking your mind into thinking you’re eating a meal and you’re getting used to chewing your smoothie.
Here’s why it’s important to swish, or move your jaw up and down, when consuming your smoothie: digestive enzymes. Our saliva contains crucial digestive enzymes that help digest the food from the smoothie and deliver the nutrients to our cells! So if you’re not chewing your smoothies (or juices!), you’re not actually getting all the nutrients you think! In other words, remember that smoothies ARE food, so chew your food! 😉
I hope that this post helped to shed some light as to why I’m totally obsessed with smoothies. You simply cannot beat the nutrients, fiber, antioxidants, and vitamins that smoothies deliver to our bodies.
As always, any questions and comments are welcome. Happy blending, friends!!
**Disclaimer: I am not a certified nutritionist. This information has been taken from a few years of trial and error, research, and studying. If you have any serious questions or health concerns, please seek professional help.