Looking to make the best smoothies? Look no further for some great tips and tricks to make great tasting smoothies AND save some money! Can't beat that.
Super Smoothie Tips:
1. Mix your greens and good fats--like avocados and coconut oil--in with your fruits. You get a lot of good stuff all in one glass!
2. Make a mega batch of your favorite smoothie recipe, preferably your favorite one to start the day. Pour it into individual glasses and freeze. The night before, place one of the glasses in the fridge. By morning, it should be thawed and ready to grab and GO! Perfect for those days when you have to get up and out the door quickly!
3. Layer your ingredients from softest (like a banana) to hardest (frozen ingredients) and all liquids last.
4. Skip ice and instead use frozen ingredients to act as the ice without the smoothie getting watered down. This tip is also HUGE in eliminating waste costs of not using all the fresh fruit in time. If you choose to use fresh fruit, prep it by cutting it up when you get home from the grocery store and keeping it in the freezer.
5. For the best taste, don't use soy milk with citrus smoothies. The flavor combo is a little on the side of...how shall I say it? Rancid milk.
6. Make ice cubes out of coconut water and kale and/or spinach! Put the greens in the blender with some coconut water (if you like it, otherwise use filtered water), pour into an ice tray and use them in your smoothies as both your greens, your electrolytes AND your ice. Keeps waste costs down!
7. Use organic and non-GMO ingredients whenever possible. Most people think "I'm just mixing this stuff up, what does it matter?" Let me tell you that it does. Especially with frozen fruit. If it's not organic, it was cut, prepped and frozen with all the chemicals it was treated with. Non-organic fruits and veggies get treated with all kinds of pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, ROUND-UP (yes. That Round-Up. The stuff you're not even supposed to breath in or let touch your skin.) If you're budget-conscious, as we all are, make sure that you are buying organic for AT LEAST the Dirty Dozen. These are 12 produce items that are known for having the highest amount of pesticides and garbage added to them. Most of them also have thin skins, meaning that the chemicals absorb faster and easier into these fruits and veggies.
The Dirty Dozen Plus (most updated version of the list includes two extras) according to Environmental Working Group (get a printable version at www.ewg.com)
3. Cherry Tomatoes
6. Hot Peppers
12. Sweet Bell Peppers
13. Kale and Collard Greens
14. Summer Squash
Here is the Clean Fifteen, produce with lower amounts of chemicals sprayed on them and/or have thicker skins:
5. Sweet Corn
14. Frozen Sweet Peas
15. Sweet Potatoes
RockIt Fuel Recipe of the Month:
PB & J Smoothie
*Large handful of frozen organic mixed berries (Trader Joe's has a bag that contains blueberries, raspberries and strawberries)
*2 giant tablespoons of your choice of nut butter, but almond or sunflower seed butter are best
*2-3 teaspoons of chia seeds (optional but give good Omega-3 boost)
*Coconut milk, or your choice of dairy alternative milk, enough to make it fluid and smooth
*Other good options: kale, spinach, raw honey
Blend it all up and ENJOY! It's one of my favorites!