Smoothies Galore!

Smoothie Love!!

It’s the month of L O V E and one of the things I L O V E most, are smoothies- they’re fresh, convenient, and packed full of nutrients. 

Whether you’re not a breakfast person, you’re on the go, or you need a snack that will fill your body with the good stuff, you can’t go wrong with a smoothie. 

Step 1: Choose your liquid base.

You can use coconut water, nut milks, oat milk, or juice if you prefer that. Keep in mind that juice will increase the amount of added sugar in your smoothie. My personal favorite is oat milk! I often just eyeball this part. I like my smoothies kind of thick, so depending on what my other ingredients are, I use about  ¼ – ½ cup.  

Step 2: Choose your ingredients.

You want at least one item to add thickness to your smoothie whether it’s a banana, half of an avocado, a cup of oats, or 2 dates. The rest is totally up to you. 

A few ways to get lots of vitamins and minerals from the little additions? Yes, please. 

Flax seed: They are a good source of omega 3’s! They promote healthy digestion and help lower blood pressure.

Chia seed: These little seeds are high in antioxidants, a good protein source, and they’re high in fiber which is a magical combination in my book! 

Maca powder: This powder contains flavonoids that help boost mood and can increase energy.

Matcha powder: Serves as a natural detoxification aid and boosts brain function.

Cacao: These nibs are high in calcium for healthy bones, high in magnesium for a healthy brain and heart. They’re also the highest plant based source of iron. 

Step 3: Blend it all up.

Don’t worry about messing it up! If the final product turns out too thick, add more of your liquid base. If it’s not sweet enough, you can add a little bit of local honey, a few more berries, or a date! 

When it comes to smoothies, you can pretty much do whatever you want. We all love to hear that, right? 😉 I encourage you to play around with some of your favorite fruits and veggies. If you need a few prompts, here you go:   

If you’re feeling tired and need a little boost- 

Grab some more hearty, nutrient dense foods for your smoothie. Carbohydrates = energy.

Bananas, Sweet Potatoes, Nut Butters, Oats, Avocados

If you feel like you want a boost of nutrients- 

Go Green! Spinach, Kale, Cucumber, Blueberries, Beets

If you feel like you’re coming down with a cold-  

Vitamin C! Kale, Orange juice (freshly squeezed if possible), Kiwi, Strawberries

If you want something tasteful and fruity-

Strawberries, bananas, pineapple, mangos

If you want to increase your greens in your daily diet-

Spinach, Kale, Collard Greens, Beet Greens, Carrot Tops, Avocados, Green Apples 

If you’re having your smoothie post workout- 

Protein powder, bananas, cherries, greens, coconut water for extra electrolytes

Here’s our smoothie recommendation! We want to know about your smoothie experiments! Post about them on social media and tag us!

In Strength and Confidence,

Healthy Habits with Harley

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