We know that smoothies are a great part of a balanced diet.
There are plenty of complex smoothie recipes with multiple layers of colour and exotic superfoods.
But sometimes, you want to blend up a healthy smoothie that is simple and easy to make.
If you want to make an easy and healthy smoothie, this is the guide for you.
Buy frozen and dry ingredients in bulk
There’s nothing worse than going to make a smoothie recipe, only to realise you’ve run out of a key ingredient!
The good news is you can stock up on frozen and dry ingredients, so they are always on hand when you’re in the smoothie mood.
You can stock your freezer up with smoothie ingredients such as:
When it comes to dry ingredients for you smoothies, you can fill the pantry with:
- Almonds, macadamias, walnuts, and any other nuts you enjoy
- Chia, flaxseeds and any other seeds you enjoy
- LSA (ground linseeds, sunflower seeds and almonds)
- Nut and/or seed butters (almond butter, tahini, peanut butter)
- Quinoa or quinoa flakes
- Lupin flakes
- Coconut flakes
- Coconut oil
- High-quality protein powder of choice
- Beans and legumes of choice
- Non-dairy base of choice such as UHT almond milk, coconut milk or coconut water
As you can see, many of the ingredients you need for a tasty smoothie can be purchased in bulk.
This makes it easy to whip up a smoothie whenever you like!
Use a variety of fresh seasonal fruit and vegetables
When you choose fruit and vegetables that are in season, you’re getting maximum nutrition and taste.
Produce that is grown in-season is full of flavour, but it’s also usually higher in nutrients too.
This is due to a combination of factors – it’s grown in the ideal conditions and allowed to ripen, and will lose fewer nutrients than produce stored beyond its season.
PS – frozen fruit and veg is a different story, because it is picked in season before being frozen. Check out the science behind frozen produce and nutrient levels here
Not sure what is in season?
At the supermarket, in-season produce will often be at the front of the produce section.
It will be quite affordable – usually around the $2-5/kg price.
So, choosing seasonal fruit and vegetable options to add to your smoothie recipes are not only an easy way to get a good amount of nutrition in – it’s also easier on your wallet as well!
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Pick one of each key ingredients to create your smoothie
If you struggle to decide on the ingredients to add into your smoothie, there’s a simple secret formula that I like to use as a guideline.
To make an easy and healthy smoothie, combine:
1-3 veg + 1-2 fruit + 1-2 serves of protein and/or healthy fats + 1-2 cups liquid as a base
It seems like a simple smoothie formula – because it is!
You can make a healthy smoothie using 4-6 ingredients with ease and if you follow this formula, you’re creating a nutritiously balanced meal or snack.
Protein sources for smoothies include nuts, seeds, nut and seed butters, quinoa, milk, yoghurt, kefir and high-quality protein powders.
For healthy fats, you should be looking to nuts, seeds, nut and seed butters, avocado, coconut and coconut mylk yoghurt.
You should really use Super Cubes!
This is THE easiest way to make yourself healthy smoothies on the regular.
Simply pick up a box of Super Cubes from your local Woolworths from the frozen section, take them home, add your liquid base of choice, and blend.
Want it to be even easier?
Order your Super Cubes online and get them delivered right to your door (free shipping too).
Talk about minimal effort for a healthy, nutritious and tasty smoothie!