What makes a great smoothie? We’ve compiled the ultimate smoothie guide to tell you just that.
Smoothies are a quick and delicious way to get the nutrients necessary for optimal health. They are a great option for breakfast, snacks, and even meal replacement! However, how do you optimize your smoothie formula? Here are some simple smoothie fundamentals:
Water is the simplest base, providing a liquid texture. Try out any plant-based milk for a thicker, and sweeter smoothie:
- Almond milk
- Hemp milk
- Cashew milk
- Coconut milk or coconut water
- Hemp milk or any nut/seed milk
2. Protein powder:
When searching for a delicious, plant-based protein powder MCT Lean Vegan Protein Blend beats the competition. Packed with 20g of protein, antioxidants, broccoli seed extract, and free of corn, gluten, dairy, lactose, and soy make it a staple for all smoothie recipes!
3. Healthy Fats:
Healthy fats may help lower cholesterol, regulate blood glucose & insulin levels, and even lower the risk of heart disease. Below are a few you can add to your smoothie:
- Almond or any nut/seed butter
- Coconut oil or coconut butter
- Chia, flax, or hemp seeds
- MCT Lean MCT Oil
You don’t have to make a green smoothie to add these phytonutrient rich greens into your drink of choice! Just a handful will boost your nutrient profile without a noticeable ‘green’ taste.
- Romaine lettuce
- Dandelion & beet greens
Everyone is a fan of a great fruit smoothies. Almost any fruit will do, but here are some of our favorites:
- Blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, goji berries
- Kiwi, lime, pear, apple, watermelon, pineapple
- Cherries, peaches, mango, banana, figs
Often overlooked, herbs and spices can add a kick of not only nutrients but taste as well! Experiment with a few of these below:
- Mint, basil, cilantro, parsley
- Cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, ginger
7. Boosts & other:
For a small amount, these ingredients add a huge boost to smoothies:
- Cacao powder or nibs
- Maca powder
- Bee pollen
Sweeteners are always optional for taste – stick to only adding natural sweeteners such as stevia, agave, dates, and raw honey!
While these are great general categories for building your perfect smoothie, get creative and experiment to create the perfect smoothie for you!