Things to add to your green smoothies!07:00:00
Please note that some of the ideas proposed in this post will not have been tasted by me, but I have seen them on the internet!
A general list of ideas on what to add to your (green) smoothies!
The Greens: This is probably the area most people are most intrigued about. The most commonly used greens in the green smoothie are most probably kale and spinach. But if you're a bit bored of them there are other possibilities. I have used broccoli and avocados before. Broccoli is a source of protein which is helpful to me who is attempting to be vegetarian (it's working very well for the record)! When it is blended very well its taste is virtually undetectable. I tend to cut up the little branches attached to the large stem up into smaller chunks which is easier to mix. I have only had this with spinach. .Avocados are extremely healthy. They have all the good fats you need and give smoothies that creamy consistency. I don't believe they will turn a smoothie green if they are mixed with darker berries unlike spinach. When I mixed it with bananas, grapes and juice it came out a faint green. When it is mixed with spinach it gives the smoothie a green glow.
Other greens you could add which I have not tried are; parsley, Swiss chard, collard greens and dandelion greens.
The liquids: There is such a large variety of liquids you can add to your smoothies. If you have nothing in the house, why not go for some tap water? It keeps you hydrated and it's a way to stop your smoothie from being too thick. For extra calcium (and protein) you could add some milk which has a high biological value in protein. For more of a fruity vibe, you could add some fruit juice. There are many available in your local supermarket from apple to orange juice. I am currently using Ace juice which I bought in Lidl. This juice has lemons, oranges, carrots and cherries in it and is delicious. If you had the extra time, you could juice your own juice. This is the most healthy option as it ensures there is no extra sugars unnecessarily added to the juice. Many people also add coconut water or coconut milk to theirs. I've yet to try this!
Extra Protein: For those of you like me, who are trying to be less reliant on meat as a protein source, it is definitely well worth your while adding a bit of protein to your smoothie. I have tried the super food flaxseed which has additional protein and vitamin D (which I can get in milk but I would have otherwise gotten it from fish). There are various products available in health stores which have additional protein. Another idea is to add yogurt which like an avocado makes your smoothie so creamy, yet allows you to get some calcium and protein at the same time. Something I have yet to do is add a raw egg to my smoothie. Eggs have 100% biological value in protein and are an excellent source to eat. When you add a raw egg to a smoothie, the taste is invisible yet the nutritional benefits still stand.
Other Fruit: There are so many other fruits you can add to your smoothies to conceal the flavours of the greens you aren't the fondest of. Many fruits combined such as bananas and strawberries taste so yummy together.
Examples of other fruit you can use are: Bananas, Apples, Strawberries, Raspberries, Blueberries, Blackberries, grapes, pineapple, mango etc.
I really hope you guys liked this post and that it helps you create a great variety of smoothies.
Thank you guys for reading and as always I will see you later. :)
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