Refreshing, colorful, delicious, natural and healthy. These are just some of the words used to describe amazing blended shakes known as smoothies. Smoothies are a great way to sip yourself healthy!
Are you in a rush at times? A fresh smoothie is a great way to start your day and also the fastest way to get pre-digested super nutrition into your body! Smoothies pack a fun, convenient punch of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and vitality! They have the same consistency of a milkshake, and originated in the Middle East and Mediterranean. People living there have enjoyed the benefits of blending fruit for generations, and now you can too.
Great Smoothie Boosters
Coconut milk, hemp seeds, ginger and fresh pineapples with some ice? I have many people asking me what they can put in their smoothies. Here is a list of healthy things to add a boost to your smoothies:
- Chia seeds
- Ground flax seeds
- Hemp hearts (inside of hemp seeds)
- Plant-based protein powder
- Raw cacao nibs
- Raw aloe, skin removed
- Frozen or raw coconut pieces
- AIM Redibeets powder
So what do you put into a smoothie?
All smoothies have a liquid base. In my opinion smoothies don't always have to be dairy based. We love fresh fruit smoothies and these are great especially when one may not be feeling well or wanting to avoid mucus build-up in the body. Here is what you can use as a liquid base:
- Coconut milk
- Almond milk
- Any nut milk
- Plain coconut yogurt alternative
- Green Tea
- Coconut water
- Aloe water
Smoothies can also contain other healthy ingredients to create a meal in a glass. These include:
- Gluten free oats - Oatmeal contains lots of fiber and may help to lower cholesterol.
- Avocado - High in potassium (good for the heart), fiber and contains essential fatty acids which help to keep the endocrine system healthy.
- Spinach and Kale - Great to sneak into smoothies for those that done like to eat them.
- Raw almond or peanut butter - A good source of fat and protein
- Tofu - A great source of protein, it's tasteless but adds a rich, creamy texture to smoothies.
- Sesame seeds - They are best ground as this improves absorption.
- Raw Nuts - Finely ground almonds and cashew nuts can be added to smoothies for a thicker, chunkier consistency and have great health benefits.
- Dates, ground cinnamon (great for healthy glucose levels), raw cocoa powder, a lemon or lime or vanilla extract.
Making smoothies is all about experimenting and being adventurous. With an array of fresh fruit and vegetables, the possibilities are endless.
Wholefood Supplements to boost your smoothies
AIM Barley Life or AIM Leaf greens keeps you alkaline and ensures that you have sufficient minerals, vitamins and amino acids (building blocks for protein).
ProPeas Protein Powder - 5g of branched chain amino acids per 2 servings, 12g of pea protein powder per serving, non mucus forming, leaves an alkaline ash on the blood stream and takes four hours to digest, therefore more sustained blood sugar!
Just Carrots - Great plant source of beta-carotene and of all the carotenoids, beta-carotene is known for its efficient conversion to vitamin A, which is important in strengthening the immune system.
AIM CalciAIM - a natural citrus drink mix that provides several nutrients crucial to proper skeletal function and overall wellness.
AIM Fit n Fiber - A delicious, tasty orchard peach flavor packing a hefty 12g of total fiber per serving. Blends well with other beverages and into smoothies.
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