Hi friends! So I know there are a million choices out there on juices, smoothies, smoothie shops, cleanses, juice blends, books and websites that are devout to the topic. I just want to be clear & lend some of my tips that can help you to blending the correct (and healthy way!)
Some individuals may actually gain weight if blending the wrong way! So here are a few helpful tips from a professionally trained chef/recipe developer/health journalist, aka, moi! Here to be of great use for you!
1- Base: Start with a solid base: Avocados are the best source of a base, as they contain fiber, potassium and vitamins galore, good fats and virtually no sugar. A little frozen banana is excellent for a delicious consistency, you can additionally use pear and add ice for some extra ice-cream-like texture. Avoid: Frozen yogurt and ice cream based smoothies, ummm hello, calories and sugar galore!
2- Frozen Fruit: Work in those frozen fruits: Add in some frozen blueberries, acai packets, blackberries or strawberries. Organic peaches, raspberries and mango chunks are delicious too, be sure not to add too much fruit, it packs on the pounds with loads of sugar.
3- Greens! Because you are worth every ounce of clean! Great choices to blend: Kale, spinach, baby spinach, spirulina powder and when you can’t get fresh greens you can try a scoop of super-greens at the health food store. But a rule of thumb, always add greens to your smoothies, you’ll get vitamins, A, C, K, fiber, iron and yes… protein!
4- Liquid Gold: Opt for unsweetened options. Unsweetened almond milk, unsweetened coconut almond milk blend, unsweetened green tea, or better yet, water! There is no need to put more sugar and calories into that beautiful body!
5- Super Boosters: These are items like: Pea protein powder, rice protein powder, spirulina greens, chia seeds, flax seeds, hemp seeds, carob powder, cocoa powder, lemon juice, matcha green tea powder (like Matcha Love), raw almonds, raw walnuts and bee pollen. If needed, you can add probiotics for that happy tummy!
Blend me: Invest in a really amazing blender, I highly recommend a Vitamix 5200. Its an investment in your health, it performs like a pro and will not disappoint!
Drink Me: Drink within the hour for optimum health benefits. Oxidization will remove some super nutrients/enzymes you want in that beautiful body!
Don’t Double up!: If you are blending a full smoothie, do not double up and eat a meal in addition to the smoothie. Smoothies can serve as full-meals when made correctly, they can keep you full, healthy and vibrant! When you eat less, you feel amazing, you can move, you may even lead longer, happier lives according to some studies. Make a point to keep green drinks clean, they aren’t milkshakes! So be good to that happy and healthy bod!
Have FUN!: Most of all, this is fun shit! Go grab your man, a girlfriend, go to a spin class, a hot yoga sesh and blend up a “hot-spin-date” smoothie, post-workout, so you can all stay hot together. Enjoy the time spent together and start creating some custom blends! YUM! Enjoy gorgeous and get green naturally! xxx Candice
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