Smoothies for Health
Smoothies can be an easy way to get vegetables and fruits into your diet if you don't spend a lot of time in the kitchen. If you are interested in smoothies as part of a detox diet or cleanse, the primary ingredients should be leafy green vegetables such as kale, spinach and romaine, fruit and water. If you would like a smoothie as a quick but nutritious breakfast, then you might want to add protein, fiber or fat such as protein powder, chia seeds or flax seeds, or nuts or nut milk. A 1/4 teaspoon of matcha green tea powder can provide a boost for those trying to cut back on their coffee consumption.
Smoothies made with green vegetables usually require a high speed blender to give it a smooth texture. If you are using a regular blender and are fine with your green smoothie not having a smooth consistency, you can try chopping the greens before blending. Frozen fruit or ice can be used to create a thicker consistency.
Here is a list of ingredients that can help you build a delicious smoothie that is packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
Juice (e.g., Apple, Pomegranate)
Nut or seed milk (almond milk, cashew milk, coconut milk, hemp milk)
Tea, cooled* (e.g. Rooibos, Chai, Green tea)
Kefir (water or coconut)
Matcha (green tea) powder
Herbs or Spices
Vanilla extract, alcohol-free
Nuts or Seeds
Sweetener (optional, sparingly)
Dried Fruit (apricots, dates, figs, prunes)
Maple syrup, grade B
Brown rice syrup
Image @ tsloth2/stock.xchng