My mind is frequently overwhelmed by the amount of smoothie recipes on Pinterest. Each one has its own arsenal of superfoods or a perfect fat to protein ratio, but I've never found one that has a decent blend of each.
Protein seems to be a top ingredient in smoothies, but what smoothies really need is a fat so the sugars in the fruit can be digested and converted to sustained energy. Although fruits contain good sugar, it's still sugar.
In my recipe, I use a mix of almond milk and water to cut calories and increase my water intake. If you choose to go with almond- or even coconut- milk, be sure to find a brand that does not contain carrageenan. This ingredient wreaks havoc on the digestive system, causing inflammation! The best milks are homemade.
For fruit I usually go with berries as an antioxidant boost, but sometimes I'll throw in mangos, peaches, or even pineapples. You do you!
I'll often use almond butter for my fat and protein (2 in 1!), or flax seed oil as a fat when I'm detoxing.
For my sneaky ingredients, I add a big handful of spinach and 1.5 tsp of Gaia Turmeric Boost. I promise, you won't taste either! I try to avoid protein powders as they tend to have sneaky ingredients of their own. In some instances, as in my green smoothie, I add Barlean's Chocolate Silk Greens. Other than that, I stick with my go-to's.
This smoothie contains simple ingredients that our bodies understand. It provides enough nutrients, fat, and protein to keep me full until lunch time. Talk about plant power!