WIAW: Smoothie Edition

If you’ve been following my Twitter feed, or if you read my August Goals, you’ll know that I am participating in Charissa’s “Colourful Smoothie Challenge”.

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Charissa is giving away so many amazing products it’s impossible not to stay motivated to drink a smoothie each day in hope’s of earning points towards that final prize. She’s also been posting some pretty neat recipes so be sure to check them out. This week I’ve decided to dedicate my WIAW to Smoothies because they are so prominent in my diet. They are my go-to snack and have even been replacing ice cream as my dessert! In the morning I blend in my coffee for a caffeine boost! I’ve also been enjoying Green Juice, my favourite recipe being a combination of Spinach, Arugula, Apple, Cucumber, Parsley and Lime Juice. Here are a few of my other creations so far:IMG_6517 IMG_6384 IMG_6387

What I love about Smoothies is that done right, they can pack in a lot of vitamins, and minerals. They make for easy breakfasts as you can take them to go and slurp them through a straw. There’s no excuse for “not having time” since all you have to do is throw ingredients into a blender and pulse on high for less than a minute. Did I mention they make very little mess? I truly believe they are as filling and nutritious as a meal because you can blend in high sources of protein and healthy fats. Smoothies are so adaptable so you can customize them to suit your needs. If you find beverages aren’t for you, try thickening it up and eating it like soup. If you need that crunch to feel satisfied, why not top it with granola, kamut puffs, chia seeds or hemp hearts. Smoothies are a great ways to get in your vegetables if you have trouble getting in all of your servings. They are also an excellent way to use up produce that is almost past it’s prime because the riper the fruit, the better it is suited for a smoothie. If you choose to incorporate milk or yogurt in your smoothie, it will also provide you with some much needed calcium. In the summertime I find smoothies a great way to stay hydrated. While I prefer to drink them as a snack or dessert, I know many choose to have them as a post-workout shake or meal replacement.IMG_6400

It’s unlikely that you’ve never seen a smoothie being made, but in case you are lacking inspiration, here is a go to guide that I created based on tips I’ve gathered from Pinterest.  Just remember, soluble fiber fruits provide a smoother overall finish to your smoothie and vegetables that are poignant make it harder to mask their flavours. Adding in a banana will make your smoothie sweeter and creamier, without overpowering the other flavours. I also don’t think it is necessary to go crazy with “superfoods” like Goji Berries and Bee Pollen since your smoothie should already be dense in flavour and nutrition, plus these “superfoods” can add up in price turning your beverage into an expensive meal. Like Chelsea’s post explained, chia seeds are a nice treat but they aren’t needed to achieve optimal health.

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Molly’s Smoothie Guide (The Asterisks * are my favourite, Measurements are approximate) 

1. Pick a Base: 1 Cup

  • Green Tea *
  • Cow’s Milk *
  • Flax Milk *
  • Coconut Milk
  • Almond Milk
  • Hemp Milk
  • Rice Milk
  • Soy Milk
  • Coconut Water
  • Water

2. Add Your Favourite Fruit: 2 Cups

  • Banana *
  • Strawberries *
  • Raspberries *
  • Blueberries *
  • Mango *
  • Nectarine / Peach *
  • Watermelon *
  • Cantaloupe *
  • Lemon Juice *
  • Lime Juice *
  • Orange Juice
  • Apple
  • Pear
  • Cherries

3. Hide Some Vegetables: 1 Cup

  • Kale *
  • Spinach *
  • Arugula *
  • Beets *
  • Carrots *

4. Thicken It Up

  • Handful of Ice *
  • Frozen Cucumber *
  • Protein Powder *
  • Chickpeas *
  • Oats

5. Add Some Flavour: 1- 2 Tablespoons

  • Fat: Soy Butter *, Peanut Butter, Almond Butter,  ½ Avocado, Coconut Oil, Flax Oil
  • Spice: Cinnamon *, Vanilla Extract *, Maple Extract *, Parsley *, Basil *, Mint *, Cilantro, Lemongrass, Ginger, Nutmeg, Cloves, Spirulina, Chlorella Powder
  • Sweetener: Stevia *, Dates *, Figs, Honey, Agave, Maple Syrup,

6. Blend it together

7. Top and Serve: 1-2 Tablespoons

  • Superfoods: Chia Seeds *, Flax Seeds *, Hemp Seeds, Sesame Seeds, Cacao Beans

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You’ll definitely be seeing a lot more smoothie recipes on my blog since I am trying to switch up my blends so that I don’t get bored with the challenge. Shannon recommended adding in Sweet Potatoes but I am open to other suggestions as well! What do you love about Smoothies? Do you find them thirst quenching and filling? ♥ Molly

Fun Fact: Did you know that smoothie consumption has gone up more than 80% in the last 5 years? It’s the business to be in!