Here are a few of our team’s favourite staples for blending your way to better nutrition.
Protein powders come in all styles however you’ve got to find what works for you. Some popular types include pea, rice, hemp and whey proteins. However, if you are going with whey protein, be sure it’s coming from grass-fed animals and processed responsibly.
Remember, it’s not just about chia seeds, it’s about creating chia gel: before adding your tiny seeds to your smoothie, stir them in a little liquid. Let them gel up and add that to your smoothie.
Maca powder is a root that belongs to the radish family and is native to Peru. Maca is nutritionally dense with minerals, vitamins, enzymes and amino acids. Add to your smoothie for the added health benefits.
Not only does adding half of an avocado to your smoothie provide you with essential fats it adds a creaminess to smoothies that makes them seem way more sinful than they actually are.
Coconut butter or manna is another perfect addition for smoothies. Be sure to find coconut butter is raw and natural as the body processes it best this way and it’s most nutritious in that natural state.
If you love chocolate but are trying to be healthy, add depth of flavor with rich cacao powder. Powdered cacao is full of flavonoids, which act as natural antioxidants.
Almonds are rich in nutrients such as protein, fibre, vitamin E, magnesium, selenium, manganese, zinc, potassium, iron, phosphorus, trytophan and calcium. Almond milk also contains flavonoids making it a great alternative to other dairy or soy milk products.
Make your smoothies a vehicle for a good handful of fresh, bright greens. Kale, spinach and romaine are all nutrient-dense choices that won’t mess too much with your flavour profile.
FROZEN BERRIES, CHERRIES, ACAI
Deep red and purple berries are power-packed superfoods. Keeping a freezer full of them is the perfect way to keep your intake up without a lot of hassle. Use the frozen fruit instead of ice to add flavour and a little chill and thicker texture to your smoothies.
FROZEN BANANAS OR PINEAPPLES
Bananas are a smoothie staple for a reason. They’re so rich in vitamins and minerals and help keep us calm. Try frozen pineapple as well to add more sweetness to your smoothies.