Who likes a basic smoothie? I mean, smoothies are a great way to get in a quick breakfast or snack, but they can be boring. I like to create what I call, “recipes with benefits”. This goes for just about every recipe I create or add to my client’s meal plans. There should be a reason behind your food choices, whether it be to help detox, support glowing skin, keep “regular”, or to help boost immunity. And, this goes for smoothie recipes, as well.
I usually recommend these boosters to my smoothie loving friends and clients. While you’re drinking that smoothie every morning anyway, why not sprinkle in some special additions to benefit what your body needs that day?
When you need more energy, try adding a handful of iron-rich spinach, or a teaspoon of spirulina. Spirulina is an algae that digests very quickly, giving you instant energy and an array of amino acids. Another go-to of mine is to steep a cup of green tea, let it cool, then add it in to the smoothie as a liquid portion. Green tea is a super antioxidant that gives you energy without the coffee jitters.
When you need more fibre to stay regular, clear toxins, clear skin, and manage cholesterol and blood sugar regulation, try adding in more vegetables. I swear to you, zucchini makes an excellent booster that doesn’t affect the taste of your smoothie. In fact, zucchini gives a smooth, creamy texture to your smoothie and my kids have no idea that I sneak it in 😉 I also like green apple, ground flax seeds, roasted cauliflower and sweet potato, which all pack big fibre punch.
When you want to boost your immune system during the cold and flu season, aim for all the citrus fruits like lemon, orange, lime and grapefruit, plus cherries and berries. One cup of blueberries contains 14mg of vitamin C, not to mention fibre, flavanoids, and cancer fighting properties. If you want to really give yourself an immune boost, add in a small scoop of Flora Elderberry Crystals. Remember, our body will only absorb so much vitamin C at once, and the rest we just eliminate. To keep your vitamin C levels up, divide your doses into two over the course of the day.
When you need some healthy fats to help regulate blood sugar, nourish your brain, skin, and hair, and synthesize hormones, don’t be afraid to add in a tablespoon of ground flax, hemp hearts or coconut oil, 1/2 an avocado, a handful of nuts or seeds. Fat doesn’t cause fat, sugar does. We need these healthy fats as part of a balanced diet, so be sure to include a small amount at each meal.
What benefit do you look for in a meal?