Smoothies – Good Picks!

Particularly with the warmer weather approaching, I find it easier to turn to smoothies.  However, I have discovered that not using ice to make them super cold will make them a good choice even when the temps are not so warm.  Try using just cold tap water or cold coconut milk on days you are not seeking the “brain freeze” effect.

Food-talk-4-u-peach-smoothie-paleoSmoothies are really limited only by your imagination. I tend to follow sort of a pattern that I will share here.  A smoothie can be a magnificent way to get extra greens into the diet.  Many folks swear by 3 cups of leafy greens a day, but I can only eat so much kale at dinner!  How in the world to get this intense nourishment in me?  Behold the smoothie which will totally mask the taste of green leafy veggies (kale or spinach, for me) which can be a blessing to those who stand at arm’s length from anything remotely looking like a vegetable.

Using a sturdy/powerful blender (my KitchenAid works fine) make the following selections and add to blender:

Pick a citrus: 1/2 lime or lemon, peeled and white fibrous center removed.

Pick a berry: One handful of unsweetened fresh or frozen smoothie2strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, or raspberries.

Maybe pick another fruit: Pear or apple if weight loss is not the goal

Add about 2 inches of peeled cucumber chunked up and seeded if there are a lot of seeds.  Cucumber adds a lightness to the drink.

Add about 1 inch of peeled and sliced fresh ginger which is said to have all kinds of antioxidant properties (ginger and fresh lemon tea is not only refreshing but therapeutic in the winter months or when experiencing voice strain- but I digress).

It’s probably a good idea to start pulsing and blending here and periodically thereafter to avoid blender overload!

Food-talk-4-u-Avacado-smoothie-paleoPick a good fat: I like up to 1/2 avocado and/or finely grated unsweetened coconut (we’ll talk about good fats later).

Add some more omega 3s and fiber all at once: 1 tsp. pre-soaked chia seeds, and/or 1-3 tsp of pre-soaked ground flax seed meal. These should be pre-soaked because they start out hard/gritty but swell up in fluids.  If you do not intend to drink your smoothie right away, pre-soaking is not necessary, but your drink will become very thick later on and extra fluid may be needed.  Fiber is a two edged sword; it will keep the digestive system regular, but can cause constipation if not enough fluid is taken in!

Add at least a cup or more of fluid: water, unsweetened coconut milk(So Delicious brand unsweetened coconut milk in the dairy section), ice, or chilled brewed green tea.

Add protein: your choice of powdered protein.  I prefer whey protein because it is not a grain, but if soy is your thing, go ahead

Pick a green leafy veggie: a couple handfuls of spinach, baby kale medley (I get that from Sam’s store), or 4 good sized fresh kale leaves with stems removed.

Pick some sweet spices: cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamon- whatever goes with the fruit/berries you have selected

Add 1 tsp of vanilla or if using cherries instead of berries, use almond extract. (It is amazing!)

Add a pinch of salt.

Blend, blend, blend.

This should make a blender full, so pour into multiple glasses.  If not sharing, put some plastic wrap on the extra glasses and use as needed.  I will often have 1/2 glass as a bedtime snack (still have not broken that habit yet).

Enjoy!

Deidre

Disclaimer:

The information being discussed in these blogs is NOT intended to replace a relationship with a qualified health care professional. Foodtalk4you blogs endeavor to empower people through the exploration of publicly available resources of information about human anatomy and physiology, and how different foods affect the human body.  Readers should seek the advice of their qualified health care providers with any questions about their medical conditions or health status before attempting any dietary, exercise, or lifestyle changes.

Disclaimer: The information being discussed in these blogs is NOT intended to replace a relationship with a qualified health care professional. Foodtalk4you blogs endeavor to empower people through the exploration of publicly available resources of information about human anatomy and physiology, and how different foods affect the human body. Readers should seek the advice of their qualified health care providers with any questions about their medical conditions or health status before attempting any dietary, exercise, or lifestyle changes.