I love a smoothie any time of the day. Using frozen fruit is convenient and simple, and ensures that your smoothie is nice and chilled. Any milk works, but I like the neutral taste of oat milk. Here are a few more smoothie tips:
- Spinach is a great smoothie ingredient - especially for vegetable-haters, who won't even know it's in there! When using kale, the mildest tasting variety is Lacinato (aka Tuscan).
- 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 flax seeds, or any other healthy additions to amp up the nutrition.
- A freshly made smoothie tastes 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.