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Three Ways to Up Your Smoothie Game

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Drinkers of smoothies, let me upgrade you (Beyonce style).

The base of every single smoothie I make is a banana and two cups of almond milk. From there the possibilities truly are endless. You can go the fruity route with a bunch of berries or the milkshake-y route with cocoa powder and peanut butter. In my opinion, there are no rules (or recipes, really) when it comes to smoothies. Just throw it all in there and see what happens.

Here are three upgrades I like to add to my smoothies…

Flax Oil

Flax oil is full of good fats (12g per tablespoon) and essential fatty acids like alpha linoleic acid (an omega-3 fatty acid), which has been found to lower blood pressure, reduce insulin resistance and promote healthy skin, hair and nails. Fish is a much higher source of omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA, but for vegetarians flax oil is at least a solid source of ALA. I squirt about a tablespoon into my smoothies and don’t even notice it.

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Ginger Root

Honestly I just add ginger because I like the taste of it, but it has health benefits too as an anti-inflammatory, immune booster and nausea suppressant. I peel about a half-inch chunk and toss it into the blender with everything else.

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Frozen Spinach

This is for those of you not yet on the green smoothie bandwagon. Adding spinach to your smoothie is an easy flavor-free (I promise!) way to add a serving of vegetables to your drink without even noticing it. I like to use frozen spinach because it’s more shelf stable (I find myself tossing spoiled fresh spinach too often) and makes for a thicker smoothie than fresh leaves.

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I also almost always sprinkle cinnamon into my smoothie with a pretty heavy hand.

What are you throwing in your smoothies these days? You can see more of my smoothies here.

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9 Comments

  1. Jamie Jamie

    These are my go to breakfasts lately. My favorite combo is a banana with cocoa powder, chocolate P2B powder, a handful of spinach, and a cup off coffee. I get my morning shot(s) of caffeine in and a mostly healthy breakfast.

  2. I haven’t had a smoothie in months (no access to my own kitchen or a blender), but back when I was making them daily, I always added the juice of half a lemon to brighten everything up. One of my favourite combos is frozen cranberries, a chunk of ginger, lemon juice and vanilla protein powder (SunWarrior is my favourite). Sooooometimes, I’ll add spinach or kale to that.

  3. Amy Amy

    I never thought of using frozen spinach..I’m def going to try that! When you say peel your ginger..do you use a vegetable peeler or throw it in with the skin on? I have a great recipe for a smoothie using ginger and turmeric. I think I got it off spinachforbreakfast. I also sometimes throw some avocado in my smoothies.

    • Jamie Jamie

      I use a sharp spoon to peel fresh ginger. It seems like the skin should be too tough for the spoon, but it always works a lot better for me than when I try to use a peeler.

    • Katie Katie

      I just use a paring knife to remove the outside like I would if I were cutting off the spiny outer cover of a pineapple…

  4. Leigh Ann Leigh Ann

    Good idea about the frozen spinach. When I buy fresh, I often end up throwing some out and feeling guilty about it.

    I like coconut milk, a frozen banana, peanut butter (or PB2), and spinach.

  5. Sarah Sarah

    Coconut butter! I’ve been doing smoothies with lots of frozen kale, frozen spinach, almond milk, sun warrior, and a tablespoon of coconut butter. Tastes like a vanilla milkshake!

  6. Joy Joy

    My current smoothie is
    Banana
    Flax milk (but my jerk husband drank the last of it last night so soy this morning)
    Pumpkin
    Pumpkin pie spice

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