Want to know something crazy? I drank an entire bag of spinach a few weeks ago. I did’t eat it, I drank it. I think I turned into Popeye for a few days because there was so much excess iron chilling in my body… I’m ridiculous, but I just love spinach smoothies THAT much.
I really wish the green smoothie trend has started when I was younger, it would have been a great way to get 5 year-old Meggie (who turned up her nose at every single veggie) to consume some greens. But guess what? Greens aren’t the only delicious and nutritious ingredient you can put in your smoothie. I’ve got a whole host of new ingredients to try in your morning blend!
This might sound gross, but I swear you can’t even taste cauliflower in your smoothie once it’s been riced (blended up in a food processor and drained of excess moisture.) Plus, the nutritional benefits are out of this world: it’s packed with Vitamin C & K as well as fibre (super important to get in first thing in the morning.) It also has beta-carotene which is an antioxidant and is great for your skin and overall eye health!
Give it a try in this tropical smoothie from Tone It Up!
2. Nuts & Legumes
By adding nuts to your morning smoothie, you’re getting extra protein so you’ll feel fuller longer. It’s a great option for people who don’t like eating breakfast. I like to add almonds or walnuts but feel free to experiment with any nuts you like. My personal favourite is this cinnamon bun smoothie made with walnuts!
- 2 tbsp walnut pieces
- 1/4 cup of rolled oats
- a frozen banana
- 1-1/4 cups almond or other nut milk
- 1 tsp maple syrup
- 1/2 tsp of orange zest
- 1 tsp of cinnamon (plus more for garnish)
Start by blending the walnuts & rolled oats until grainy. Add remaining ingredients and serve with extra cinnamon on top!
So beans in a smoothie may sound a little weird but they provide a great creaminess and lots of extra protein to keep you fuller longer! This one uses white beans but I’m curious to try some other kinds… Get the recipe for this blueberry coconut smoothie from Mind over Munch!
A great way to pack in some extra nutrition is through superfood powders like spirulina and maca. Spirulina is actually made from algae it’s high in chlorophyll (what makes plants green if you remember middle school biology) Vitamin B1, calcium, iron and can help balance out your blood sugar. It’s also rumoured to have as much protein as an egg in just one teaspoon! As for maca powder, it’s rich in amino acids, can help relieve menstrual pains and so much more. It’s also been called nature’s libido booster! (I’ll let you read between the lines on that one..)
Try maca in this peanut butter maca smoothie
What special ingredients do you like to put in your smoothie?