Build a better smoothie
August 4, 2021
by Katherine Krivanek, R.H.N. (katkrivaneknutrition.com)
I love smoothies, especially in the warm summer months. They’re quick and easy and fill you up…if you make them right!
A smoothie needs a good balance of proteins, fats and carbohydrates to make a complete and filling meal or snack that doesn’t spike your blood sugar.
Consider adding the following to your next smoothie, I promise it’ll be delicious!
BUILD A BETTER SMOOTHIE INGREDIENTS
Fresh or frozen work great. Berries are low in sugar, a source of fibre and tons of vitamins and antioxidants.
BANANA OR AVOCADO
Add some nice creaminess. Banana adds a bit more sweetness while avocado is a bonus servings of healthy fats.
HANDFUL OF GREENS OR GREENS POWDER
Goes without saying that we should all be getting more greens in our diet. Get your daily greens in by adding a handful of baby spinach or kale to your smoothie. Alternatively, opt for a good quality greens powder.
ADD IN SOME SUPERFOODS
Chia seeds, hemp seeds, flaxseed – all great sources of fats and fibre. A spoonful is a great addition to your smoothie to promote digestive health.
NUT OR SEED BUTTER
Extra fat and protein sources – plus they’re creamy and delicious.
WATER OR MILK OF CHOICE
I recommend a good quality plant based milk like almond, oat or coconut without added sugar.
PROTEIN OR COLLAGEN POWDER
These will help to fill you up and also reach your daily protein requirements. I recommend a plant based, simple ingredient and naturally sweetened or unsweetened protein powder.
Bonus – I love adding some extras like bee pollen on top for added immune boosting nutrients!