I always use frozen fruit in my smoothies. It's already washed and chopped and keeps your smoothie nice and cold without having to add ice. Any milk works, but my absolute favorite is oat milk. Here are a few more smoothie tips:
- Spinach is a great smoothie ingredient, especially for those who don't love their veggies. Kale is another popular choice, with Lacinato (aka Tuscan) kale being the mildest-tasting.
- Whenever possible, use organic ingredients. Conventionally grown produce like strawberries, apples, and spinach can be heavily sprayed with pesticides.
- Smoothie recipes are approximations. Add more liquid if it's not blending well, and feel free to throw in a spoonful of ground flax seeds, or any other healthy additions to amp up the nutrition.
- A freshly made smoothie tastes the best, but you can store it for up to 24 hours. Pour your smoothie into a glass container with a tightly fitting lid (like a mason jar). Pick a size you can fill to the rim to prevent air from being trapped in the jar and oxidizing the ingredients.
1 banana (pre-sliced and frozen)
1 tablespoon peanut butter (unsalted)
2 Medjool dates, pitted
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
Pinch of "healthy" salt (Himalayan or Celtic)
3/4 cup milk (oat milk works well)
1 scoop collagen powder (optional)
Blend together until smooth and creamy.
* I like to use organic, unsalted peanut butter so I can use a healthier salt like Celtic or Himalayan and control how salty it is.