Isn’t the BEC Green SmoothieTHE BEST SMOOTHIE EVER? Guys, it really is. But, believe it or not, I have a few ways to make it pack even more punch without realllllllly changing the taste (too much).
1. Mix in a little water. I like my smoothie with a looser texture so I used to add extra coconut milk (my current non dairy milk of choice). Recently I starting using half coconut milk, half cold water and you cannot taste a difference. Love the texture, love using less milk, and obviously it contains less calories!
2. Throw in some seeds. I used to swallow a spoonful of chia seeds every morning then it got to the point where I would rather stay in bed all day then walk down the stairs and choke down chia seeds. Now I drop a tablespoon of the white or black variety into my smoothie (we love the seeds by Health Warrior). Chia can makes things “gelatinous” but this small amount doesn’t change the consistency and adds Omega-3s, protein and fiber. Flax seeds are also always in my smoothie; they’re cancer and disease fighting so why not?
3. Camu Camu Powder. I love throwing some of this fine powder in my green smoothie every day. It is full of immune boosting antioxidants and Vitamin C.
4. Cinnamon has so many benefits we should all be sprinkling it onto everything all the time. To name a few it’s anti-inflammatory, contains antioxidants and multiple nutrients, and can even boost your mood!
5. Change up your greens game. We know the usual green smoothie suspects…kale and spinach. But try mixing it up. Today I used a bag of romaine in mine and as usual, delicious. Try micro greens, beet greens, collards or dandelion greens (these last two can be bitter so maybe use a little less for your first attempts). Different greens give us different things, y’all!
6. Throw in a splash of Apple Cider Vinegar. Just a bit won’t alter the taste but you get loads of benefits such as lowering blood sugar, aiding in weight loss, and fighting bacteria!
Do you have any smoothie tips that you love? Let me know!
We all know and love the BEC Green Smoothie, but this summer with the SUPER HOT days I have craved something a little different. I got some inspiration from our Iron & Grace trainer Alaya Sexton but honestly this works with about any fruit and veggie combo you may have in your fridge.
Today’s summer smoothie consists of two large handfuls of spinach, one small kiwi, half an apple, one inch piece of ginger, two celery stalks and half a mini cucumber…all organic. Combine in your high power blender (I love my vitamix) with water. Boom. It’s icy cold, refreshing, and loaded with nutrients, vitamins, antioxidants, and fiber…a great way to start any hot day.
Another good addition to this smoothie would be fresh herbs, Tiffany has encouraged me to use more in my cooking lately and she’s right, I need to! Try parsley or basil with strawberries. Throw in some lemon, lime or orange or any mix of greens you prefer. Smoothies are a great way to get rid of fruits and veggies that may otherwise spoil so put it all there. One warning, make sure you use plenty of veggies and not too much fruit so you don’t over do it on the sugar!
But they are generally LOADED with sugar (and alcohol) so I don’t get them very often. However I came across this recipe for A Healthy Green Pina Colada and HAD TO TRY IT. It has some of my favorite ingredients: spinach, pineapple, mango and banana. I made it yesterday morning to kick off my week and have to say I am adding it to the smoothie rotation in our house.
I used what I had (added extra, extra Zen greens and used almond instead of coconut milk) but otherwise didn’t change a thing. I wouldn’t make this everyday as it has a lot of fruit but definitely worth making weekly. Another thing, I didn’t love it with Zen greens…it was a little bitter. I made it again with spinach and it was PERFECT. So play around with it by adding what you love and taking away what you don’t.
Another delicious green smoothie to put in your arsenal!
So most people love Gatorade, Powerade, G2, etc. We have been taught by marketing that this stuff is good for us and we NEED to drink it. Whether we go on a 15 minute run, have an hour pilates class, go to lacrosse practice, have a tennis match, blah, blah, blah. The marketing for these products is excellent. Instead of thinking we are drinking artificially flavored sugar water with harmful dyes…..we think we are doing good. Millions(probably billions) of dollars well spent and kudos to the marketing team. In reality, we are getting water (thank God), processed sugar, or if it says low sugar or no sugar you are drinking artificial sugar, artificial flavors, AND, how does it get to be all those vibrant colors of red, blue, and orange? You guessed it and it’s not cherries, blueberries, or oranges. Artificial colors. Yuck. So after we do our body good by exercising, lets put real electrolytes back in our body with coconut water( which I don’t personally love plain), or some filtered water with a little Himalayan salt and squeeze an orange,(now this is good) or if you have time, this delicious post work out drink. (it’s a quick three-minute viddie to see recipe!)
1 inch of peeled ginger--more if you want more ZING.
1 tablespoon coconut butter
¼ cup organic raspberries (frozen or fresh)
¼ cup organic frozen blueberries
4 romaine leaves
Combine coconut water, frozen banana, and ginger and mix in blender.
Add all remaining ingredients until blended.
Pour into your favorite glass and enjoy.
I sometimes will do 1/2 cup Aloe Water and 1/2 cup coconut water depending on my mood. I personally like most of my fruits frozen because I like it icy cold. And more great news…..I had to make this early in the morning and then go to work out and see clients—-about a three-hour time frame—so I added some ice cubes and it actually tasted just as good, if not better than if you drink it immediately. That is NOT the case with most smoothies in my experience and I am wayyyyyy picky. And in case you are wondering….I added the berries for a high fiber antioxidant boost and they help regulate your sugar, the ginger because it aids in digestion and adds great flavor, the romaine because it has vitamins and is made of mostly water, spinach because it is a nutritional powerhouse, coconut butter because I wanted a healthy fat in there to keep me full if I am drinking it as a meal replacement, and the banana because it is rich in potassium and makes the smoothie taste yummy, and of course, the coconut water because it has natural electrolytes.