A colorful, nutritious snack, or a mix of fruit sugars? When it comes to choosing the right ingredients for your smoothie, it’s important that your blend will sustain you in a healthy way – and not just give you a temporary blood sugar boost. We’re here to give you a dose of inspiration for your smoothie recipe, whether it’s a snack or replacing your breakfast.
Smoothies: A Playful Snack
It’s pretty easy to choose a pile of ingredients and shovel them into a blender. Most smoothies consist of liquid (water, milk, or kefir), fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts and a supplement, such as protein, matcha, or maca. In short, good ingredients with nutritional value. However, the key to making a drink healthy is maintaining a balance between these individual ingredients.
So, a smoothie shouldn't just be a blend of mixed fruit. It should also contain vegetables, but also proteins and fats. Proteins, such as walnut butter, seeds, yogurt, or walnut milk, will give you sustained energy. You should also supplement the necessary fats, such as walnut butter, seeds, nuts, linseed oil, or coconut yogurt. Even warm spices, like cinnamon, nutmeg or ginger, and herbs, like parsley, basil, or coriander, can give you the boost you need.
Don’t Forget Your Greens
Many beauty bloggers are surprised that despite their detoxifying efforts, their skin continues to have breakouts. This can be due to a regular dose of fruit sugars in their smoothie snacks. (high amounts of sugar can lead to breakouts.) Therefore, it’s good to balance your colorful fruit smoothies with greens. Leafy vegetables add fiber, calcium, vitamins, and phytochemicals to your diet, while helping to keep blood sugar levels under control. This also helps your body control feelings of hunger. For your next smoothie, try adding chard or spinach to your blend.
Also, did you know that leafy vegetables have few calories because the plant does not use its leaves to store starches or sugars, only to make them. Leafy vegetables are also rich in fiber, which holds the structure and weight of the leaves and is loaded with micronutrients (antioxidants).
Energy For the Whole Day
A green smoothie, rich with vitamins, minerals and essential nutrients, can keep you energized for an entire day. In addition, a plant-based diet can reduce your risk of many chronic diseases, while supporting immunity and overall health – even your skin. But is a smoothie a full meal? According to experts, a smoothie of mixed fruits is not a substitute for a varied diet. But add a handful of green leaves, nuts or seeds, kefir or yogurt, and that can replace one meal.
WONDERFUL TIP: Don't have a handful of green salad at home? Make sure you have green helpers on hand, such as raw moringa powder or our blend of green superfoods from Kiki Health.
Finally, for a delicious and nutritious smoothie, we recommend mixing 1 to 2 tablespoons of fat, a cup of fruit, a handful or two of green salad, and 1 cup of protein. Here’s a recipe to get you started!
- 1 cup frozen blueberries
- ½ banana
- ½ cup of frozen cauliflower
- 2 kel lists
- 1 to 2 cups almond milk
- 1 tablespoon seeds
- 1 scoop of cannabis protein from Kiki Health
- a handful of granules
WONDERFUL TIP: After consuming a smoothie, you may be uncomfortably full. This is due to the absence of chewing, because the blender does the work for you. To prevent this, eat a smoothie with a spoon like regular food, slowly and with gusto.