“You have to try this new smoothie I read about! My trainer recommended it…”
“I’m having this new smoothie in the morning – it’s just garlic, coconut water, and half an apple! It’ll change your life!”
“I just bought a juicer! I’m going through, like, 12 pears a day!”
The Myth of the "Best" or "Healthiest" Smoothie
5, 220, 000 results. That’s how many results come back when you Google “smoothie recipe”. The healthiest smoothie, the tastiest smoothie, the most hydrating smoothie, the cheapest smoothie… WHERE DO I BEGIN?
Making a smoothie shouldn’t be a science. I love exact instructions as much as the next person, but they have a tendency to cause confusion. With Dr. Oz announcing a new miracle food on what seems like an hoursly basis, the healthiest smoothie one week suddenly becomes terrible for you the next week. You know it’s bad when people are asking the same questions before choosing a smoothie as they do before buying a house – “Is it going to hold up a year from now? Are there any harmful side effects that could hurt me or my family?”
What if, in a galaxy far, far away, you put whatever you want in your smoothie? Okay, not whatever you want, but what if you had options? A relatively healthy smoothie most days is a lot better than a super healthy smoothie no days, and that’s why it’s important to actually make a smoothie you enjoy drinking.
Break your smoothie down into four categories: Greens, Fruits, Density, and Taste.
There’s a good chance that the main reason you want to starting drinking smoothies is because of the health benefits. When it comes to vegetables, specifically leafy greens, there really isn't anything that leafy greens can't improve. We're talking fat-burning, anti-aging, improvements in heart and circulatory system, and anti-diabetic functions, just to name a few. Generally speaking, leafy greens are also great for minimal vegetable taste in your smoothie. Combined with everything else, you’re not going to taste a cup of spinach or kale.
- Bok Choy
- Collared Greens
On top of the vitamins and fibre packed inside, fruits can be the main difference between your smoothie tasting delicious and your smoothie tasting like death. Try to keep your vegetable-to-fruit ratio in the area of 80% vegetable and 20% fruit, though. Too much fruit can overload your smoothie with sugar.
- Mixed Berries
Density is just another way to say “more calories”. A great time to throw down a smoothie is first thing in the morning, before you head out for the day. If you’re just putting fruits and vegetable in your smoothie, however, after you head out the door, you’re going to be hungry again in no time. By packing more calories (nutritious calories) into your smoothie, come lunchtime, your gut will be thanking you as much as your mind.
- Olive Oil
- Almond/Peanut Butter
- Coconut Oil
- Greek Yogurt
- Nuts (Macadamia, Cashew, Almond, etc.)
We mentioned fruits as being the main driver of taste, but it doesn’t have to stop there. Let’s be honest – the same taste every day can get boring. To keep your smoothies as appealing as possible, and, more importantly, to keep you drinking them day after day, occasionally throw in a dash or squirt of something a little more exciting.
- Vanilla Extract
- Flavored almond milk
- Maple syrup
No recipes, folks – just options. From personal experimentation, you can combine together just about any of the items above and come away with a fairly delicious smoothie. Plus, the amount of combinations will keep your smoothie new and exciting for decades! Okay, maybe not decades.... But you'll be set for a while.
Have a delicious concoction yourself? Smoothie suggestions are certainly welcome down below in the comment sections. And if you're feeing adventurous, sprinkle in a dash of our Original Coffee Scrub. Verify it's completely natural ingredients for yourself!