Not so hard to believe but…FLORIDA was hot last week! I’m talking 80’s hot. So the thought of smoothies sounded just right. What is the deal with smoothies?? Are they really as good as we think they are? Is juicing better? All these questions and so many views. Here is what A Wholesome Approach has discovered about smoothies (use the below ideas to decorate an ‘idea card’ to go along with the gift of a blender):
- Smoothies are filling! Period.
- Not always easily digested. You have experiment here. If you notice smoothie after smoothie that you just don’t feel good after you may have to lesson the amount of fruit (because of its natural sugar) OR omit/add a high quality protein power. **IMPORTANT: when choosing a protein powder PLEASE read & dissect the ingredient list! Do your research before purchasing
- Think outside the box! Think fruits, veggies, liquids as in water/nut milks/coconut water, soaked nuts & seeds…even oats, spices like cinnamon & ginger. You can even add coconut oil, fish or flax oil if that is part of your daily regimen! Biggest AHA moment years ago for me was adding avocado to a smoothie! DON’T KNOCK IT UNTIL YOU TRY IT! A traditional ingredient use to be yogurt. If you tend to do ok with yogurt, still add it in to smoothies. I am staying clear from dairy for a while to check somethings out so you won’t see any in recent smoothies.
- Smoothies are cooling.
- Smoothies blend everything together, keeping the fiber & pulp included in the drink. Again, this may be good for some digestive processes and not so good for others.
- Smoothies are a great way to satisfy sweet cravings without over indulging or stepping in to unwanted/overly processed territory.
And you see from the picture that we do not have a fancy blender. It is about 4 years old. Oster is the brand and it probably did not cost more than $50. A high speed blender should be able to get any smoothie job done. Yes, we have the Vitamix on our wish list but are completely satisfied with the Oster until that happens.
**STRAWBERRY & KALE SMOOTHIE RECIPE OF ABOVE PICTURE:
- about a cup of water (coconut water would be good here too)
- 2 tbsp soaked chia seeds
- 1/2 a frozen banana
- handful of strawberries
- a couple handfuls of fresh kale
- BLEND & ENJOY!
What are your thoughts on the hot topic of smoothies for health?