Visiting our families and friends in Europe just flew by in a blink of an eye. We had an amazing time catching up with them. I was wholeheartedly surprised to hear how many of them are going down the slow process of changing their dietary habits. They not only eat a lot less meat, they have also grown an increased consciousness to exclude processed or refined foods. And- they are also reading my posts!! Hey, what are friends for!
One of my friends asked me to help her with some smoothie recipes. Smoothies are great because they can deliver a ton of nutrients in a delicious package. This can be especially helpful when you want to provide your kids with healthy foods. Give this a try: leafy greens are usually a very important part of a smoothie. However, they can turn the most delicious looking berry smoothie into a yucky looking greenish brownish liquid. Not very appealing to most kids and even some grown- ups. Just blindfold them, let them try it and let them guess the ingredients. No way they will come up with greens. Let’s also not forget that smoothies compared to juices retain the fiber content of their ingredients. A big plus!
Here are the basics:
Smoothies consist of a base liquid, added fruits/ vegetables and additional healthy ingredients such as superfoods (acai, maca, cacao, hemp seeds…).
As a base liquid you can choose from a variety of plant-based milks (almond, oat, rice, flaxseed, hemp milk etc), coconut water or juices. Sugar is not needed. Dates and/ or bananas can be used as sweeteners instead.
Get all the ingredients ready and throw them into the blender. This all sounds very easy but if you don’t have the right type of blender you will be disappointed and won’t be able to enjoy the result. It does pay off to invest in a quality high powered blender. These things are scary expensive and really noisy but capable of shredding anything.
One more thing: always include frozen ingredients, otherwise you’ll end up with a no- go warm smoothie. In my freezer, you’ll always find chunks of frozen bananas and frozen berries.
Here a some of our favorite recipes starting with the most basic one, prepared in five minutes.
1. THE BASIC BERRYLICIOUS SMOOTHIE
2. THE POMEGRANATE BANANA BERRY KIWI SMOOTHIE
3. THE BANANA KALE COCONUT SMOOTHIE
4. THE STRAWBERRY MACA SMOOTHIE
5. THE TWO COLOR SMOOTHIE
6. THE STRAWBERRY SPINACH AND BANANA SMOOTHIE
7. THE PEAR BANANA OAT SMOOTHIE
Have fun sipping!