I have a confession– I’ve officially fallen into the cool, refreshing arms of the smoothie fan club.
I spent years convinced that I didn’t like them because they “weren’t satisfying” and had “too much sugar”. Um, why didn’t someone slap some sense into me? Smoothies. Are. Amazing.
After my smoothie cleanse, I found myself craving them non-stop and decided to take matters into my own hands. I bought a [cheap] blender, stocked up on ingredients, and started experimenting. My first few attempts were less-than-stellar simply because I didn’t use the right ratio of ingredients. Since then, I’ve started to discover what works best in terms of taste, texture, and satiety and I put together a little cheat-sheet for building the perfect smoothie. Start with a liquid base and then choose one item (or a combination) from each of the four categories. How easy is that?
These ingredients are my personal favorites but feel free to get creative and try new things! The options are endless. I try to use frozen fruits and vegetables whenever possible because they bring out a creamy, icy texture that I absolutely love. Also, I’ve heard that chia seeds are an amazing smoothie addition (and the health benefits are awesome), I just haven’t tried them myself.
This combination was 1 cup almond milk, 2 cups frozen spinach, 1 frozen banana, 1 scoop Perfect Fit vanilla protein powder, and 1 tbsp. of honey. Simple, delicious, and satisfying. Plus, isn’t it beautiful? Sure, it might be a little green, but looks can be very, very deceiving.
What are your go-to smoothie ingredients? Any favorite recipes?
Here’s to sipping our way to health…