My Top 5 Ingredients To Add To Any Smoothie
I think it is safe to say that I LOVE ME A SMOOTHIE!!! I love my smoothies super thick no matter if I am having them on a hot summer day or on a cold winter night!
When I first started drinking smoothies, I had the idea that all smoothies were created equal, I could toss a bit of this and a lot of that and whatever it’s a smoothie, how bad can it be for me. I quickly noticed that I wasn’t staying full, I was so hungry like 2o minutes later so I slowed down and did some research and realized I was just adding in senseless calories, fat, etc that weren’t working for me but against me. I was adding protein powders that were just packed with sugar and sodium.
Side note I recently just shared my protein powder round up!) Here is the link if you want to check that out as well. ( MY PROTEIN POWDER ROUND UP) .
I thought I was being so healthy by adding all this stuff that I thought was good for me but wasn’t actually whole foods but processed. That’s why today I wanted to share my round-up for the 5 staples I include in every smoothie I have, not only does it taste freaking delicious it is a meal that keeps me fuller longer and helps me perform at my best!
ROUND-UP// My Top 5 Ingredients To Add To Your Smoothies
I don’t know if you joined my friend Elise and me on her live the other day but I discussed the idea of tossing in cruciferous veggies like frozen cauliflower into your smoothies not only does it add-in an incredible amount of nutrients but it makes the smoothie super creamy! I have also added broccoli to a smoothie once or twice before and it was delicious!
Like Spinach or kale. Greens are low in sugars and calories and provide more iron and protein than fruit.
“If you have a difficult time eating vegetables, smoothies are a great way to increase your intake.
Nut Based Protein
I like adding this in the form of nut butter, like peanut butter or almond butter, and topping that off with ground flax seeds for both the protein and fiber benefits! I have found that the extra bit of fat in nuts helps keep me fuller longer.
I love my smoothies super, super thick so I probably use less liquid than the normal smoothie goer. My choice of liquids is Almond milk and or Coconut water. Some days I do either or both! Sometimes I will even add unflavored Aloe Vera juice. ( Those portions are direct on the label.)
I am not the biggest fan of ice in my smoothies so I use frozen veggies and fruit instead. I love adding frozen fruit like blueberries, blackberries, strawberries to my smoothies! They are fiber-rich as well as contain a great number of antioxidants!