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 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.
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.
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.
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.