Frozen fruit is great for smoothies — its 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 may be heavily sprayed with pesticides. But ALL fruits and vegetables (however grown) are good for your health, and should be enjoyed!
- 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.
- Dates are my favorite sweetener in smoothies. They're packed with nutrients, including prebiotics for a healthy gut. I love it when I come across a little piece of date that didn't blend. It's a real treat!
- I like to add unflavored collagen powder to all my smoothies. It's very good for your skin, hair, and joints. You should be able to find it at your local health store, but if you'd like to buy it online, I have an affiliate link to my favorite one here.
- To make any of these smoothies recipes, just place the dry ingredients in a high-speed blender, add enough milk (or other liquid) to almost (but not quite) cover everything. And blend until smooth and creamy. Top with nuts, cacao, coconut, fruit, or anything healthy and delicious!
Basic Green Smoothie
1 celery stalk, cut up
A handful of baby spinach leaves
1/2 cup frozen pineapple chunks
1 small banana, pre-frozen and cut into chunks*
1 tablespoon almond butter
1 cup coconut water
*Cut ripe bananas into 1-inch pieces, then lay single-file inside a large freezer bag. Store in the freezer and use as needed.