Here’s what I used and why:
KALE: Kale is a high-protein green veggie with heavy doses of Vitamins A & C and anti-cancer goodness. It’s a great source of fiber so it nourishes and cleanses. It’s a great immune system booster and keeps our bodies healthy inside and out. This is my FAVE green veggie and is an all-around great superfood!
BLUEBERRIES: Blueberries are also great antioxidants, high in Vitamins A & C, as well as bioflavonoids. They boost our immune systems, power up our eyesight, and cleanse and protect our blood vessels. All these benefits and they also add great flavor to our smoothie! I prefer frozen blueberries because they are flash-frozen for that always fresh, always great flavor!
COCONUT OIL: Oh how I love Coconut Oil…let me count the ways! This good stuff aids in digestion and boosts metabolism. It helps your body fight diseases and the common cold. It’s an awesome product and adds some YUMMY coconutty flavor to our smoothie–it’s a win-win! If you want to know another way I love to use coconut oil, be sure and check out my vid about Oil Pulling: http://youtu.be/Ybg2_sic9rg
BANANA: One question: Can you have a smoothie recipe without including banana? NOT ME!!! Bananas add great texture and sweetness, which help to counterbalance tangier flavors like the kale, while also packing our smoothie with fiber, energy boosting carbs, and potassium. Plus, who doesn’t have a bunch of bananas in their kitchen??? They’re just easy!
HONEY: Always purchase your honey from a locally produced source so that you can not only enjoy a fresher product and support your regional farmers, but you will have the added benefit of helping stave off allergies and sinus issues as the local honey contains the allergens which then work to train your body not to fight them. After all, if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em…and enjoy freedom from regional allergy issues that can lead to so much more!
APPLE: Crisp and full of sweet flavor, apples are an excellent addition to any smoothie (if your blender can truly break them down and turn them into something other than crispy chunks in your smoothie). They are a great source of fiber, so they not only detox your body but also help keep your cholesterol down, aid in digestion, and help your body glow! Leave the skins on if your blender can handle them because that’s where most of the power-packing nutrients are; if your blender won’t cooperate, you can also pre-juice your apples and use the juice as a liquid base to your smoothie.
TOFU: I use soy products sparingly, but in the case of the perfect smoothie, a few dollups of soft tofu is a great way to add protein and additional smoothie texture.
ALMOND MILK: I used to love to make my own almond milk, but now I don’t have to: it’s readily available even on standard grocery store shelves and it’s a lot less expensive than making it myself. This good stuff adds my liquid to make my smoothie so rich and creamy, while also adding protein without dairy that clogs sinuses and creates mucus issues (bleh!). On top of the good reasons to use almond milk as the base for your smoothie, it also tastes great and has a nice, long shelf life, too!
Enjoy & Make it a great day,