Everyone knows how to make smoothies, but if you follow this 4 step formula you’ll eliminate some rookie errors. As with many things in life, apply the KISS philosophy (Keep It Simple Stupid). Stop at six ingredients, you don’t need to pulverise the whole pantry.
1. The Perfect Smoothie Base
Start with ice, just a small handful as that creates texture as well as chill. Continuing the thickness should be a delicious plant with its own nutritional benefits. Try:
- Banana, mango, pineapple, avocado, mixed berries, almonds / cashews / brazil nuts / hazelnuts / macadamias
2. Pack In The Green
Now to sneak in your greens, none of which you will taste. This is particularly important if you avoid nutrients all day because your palate is as developed as your vocabulary (“veggies are yuk”):
- Spinach, kale, broccoli, cucumber, all things green!
3. Add One Of Your Favourite Superfoods
It's best to add a superfood that targets a specific dietary deficiency. The list includes but is certainly not limited to:
- Maca for energy/hormone balance
- Spirulina / chlorella / blue green algae for alkalising
- Cacao for muscle recovering magnesium and energy
- Lucuma or aloe vera for sexy skin
*An optional step for the sweet tooths and gym junkies is to include additional protein or a sweetener. We like plant based gun growers such as Rawfusion and our favourite sweeteners are dates, honey and cocoa (not as clean as cacao, but tastier). The great thing about additional protein is that the satiation will prevent you from grazing for dietary mistakes.
4. Last Is Liquid
I’m a coconut water man for the naturally sweet hydration and the thin consistency; I can fit in more veggies with it too. A good almond milk should be thick, which can be great for smoothies but I prefer to have it on its own. Good ol’ h2o works, as does rice milk and oat milk. As with any store bought milk, make sure you check the ingredients (carrageenan is a big NO NO).
And that’s it. Some fancy omissions that could easily find a way into your blender would be lemon, homemade nut butter, ginger, turmeric, mint, grinded coffee and sea salt (natural flavour enhancer).
Just remember that despite the plethora of options, less is more!