3 Must-Haves for Your Morning Smoothie (As Easy as 1-2-3!)

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Smoothies are the new breakfast craze, and why not?  What’s not to like about an easy, on-the-go meal option that gives you a healthy, energetic start to your day?  And if you can get in a full-course, nutrient-rich meal with each sip, so much the better!  Add these 3 must-haves to your morning smoothie for optimum health and a great finishing taste!

Refreshing Liquid Base

After you’ve chosen your smoothie-machine of choice ,choose your liquid of choice.  If you want to keep it simple, use a water base. (Keep it pure and chemical-free!)  If you’re looking for some options that add some extra protein, consider those choices that add a little protein or healthy fat.  I recommend almond milk, hemp milk, rice milk, oat milk, or coconut milk — and go organic if you can!  If you’re new to these options, I would not try them solo first.  You might love them once they’re mixed in your smoothie! 

What consistency do you like?  If it’s too soupy for you, ease up on the liquid.  Too chunky?  Add more!

Protein & Fiber Sources

You’ve heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  So, give your breakfast some power!  Choose a protein and fiber source from a reputable company, known for its research and quality control.

Not into the typical protein powder?  Add your own protein,  healthy fats, and fiber!  Try some nuts: walnuts, cashews, or almonds.  Feeling adventurous? Add some avocado, a fantastic source of protein and healthy fats, with an extra delicious smoothness.  For bonus points, add one of these fabulous super foods: chia seeds or spirulina.  Chia seeds are chock-ful of Omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, and fiber.  And just a little dab’ll do ya — one tablespoon — chia seeds expand!  Spirulina can be found in a variety of forms, including dried and crunchy and powder forms.  It is a protein-rich seaweed that is full of vitamins and minerals.  (What, seaweed?)  Remember, it will be lost in the mix with all of that other smoothie goodness!


See what www.SuperfoodDrinks.org has to say about using smoothies and greeen drinks for weightloss here: http://superfooddrinks.org/green-drink-smoothies-for-weight-loss/

Fruits and Veggies!

Do you have to make yourself eat your veggies?  Don’t like the bitter taste of kale — or do salads leave you feeling a little rabbit-like?  It’s a lot easier to consume those important vegetables when they’re mixed up in a smoothie!  Kale and spinach are the core of my smoothie in the morning.  Be generous with these! They are fantastic, vitamin-rich foods that boost your immune system, while clearing you out and adding in some energy goodness!  But be forewarned, these important ingredients may turn your smoothie an interesting green. However, you won’t taste them after you add fruit!  If you are really creeped out,  change your smoothie up and add some mint to turn your smoothie into a shamrock shake!

Besides also being a great source of vitamins and fiber, fruit is a must to give your smoothie that pleasant taste!  Add a bit of raspberries or blueberries for those wonderful antioxidants, but don’t go crazy — they can turn your smoothie tart fast!  Balance them out with a handful of strawberries and a banana for the perfect sweetness.

There you have it: 1) liquid base  2) protein/fats/fiber 3) veggies and fruits!  1, 2, 3, and you’re on your way.   Mix and match, make it your way, and start yourself off on your perfect day!

 

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Teri is an Early Education Enrichment teacher, general tutor, and a student and teacher for the School of Metaphysics. You can find her blog "A Moment in LIfe" at http://terikarl.wordpress.com/, and she also writes for other inspirational sites, like lifehack.org. Teri believes that people are their own best healers and reminds people to find the joy and beauty in their everyday experiences. She encourages people to seek wholeness through stillness and meditation, dream interpretation, energy healing and visualization, healthy diet and activity, and service to others.