I hope you’re having a great week and that September has been starting off well for you. I’ve always loved September. Fall weather is gorgeous, I get to break out my scarves and boots, and I celebrate another birthday. The weather is pretty hot right now so I may not be breaking out my fall wardrobe yet but I am turning 23 this year. I think it’s going to be a good year. Another thing I love is smoothies. And while I love all smoothies, I particularly love green ones.
My stepmom and I are known for making gargantuan smoothies. The powerful motor in the Vitamix lets us get away with putting pretty much anything in there.
The thing I realized as I started learning more about smoothies is that there is actually a formula to getting a healthy, filling smoothie. After all, who wants to drink hundreds of calories and feel hungry twenty minutes later?
Another important thing I learned about smoothies: as healthy as they may be you also want them to taste good. I know that brown liquid looks pretty gross but I swear it tastes amazing.
Over the years that I’ve been making green smoothies I think I got my formula down pretty well. Everyone has a different mix that works for them but I thought it would be fun to share mine.
Some notes about this:
1. The sweeter the fruit you use the sweeter your smoothie will be. I love throwing in some mangos and/or pineapples. It’s fun to play around with the combinations.
2. Never skip the banana. I haven’t figured out why the banana is so critical but without it my smoothies always taste gross. If I don’t have a banana I’ll skip making a smoothie that day.
3. The chia seeds add healthy fat to allow your body to soak up the nutrients in the fruit. Without fat your body isn’t able to break down a lot of needed nutrients in food.
4. I use hemp protein powder out of all the protein powders out there because it is the only protein from a plant source that is a complete protein. It also just tastes good.
Green smoothies are a routine way I start my morning. It’s fun to drink your fruits and veggies!
Questions of the Day: Do you like green smoothies? What’s your favorite way to make them?