My morning green smoothies are always evolving, so here’s a list of what I’ve been using lately. In the order that I add to the blender.
Engine 2 Unsweetened Almond Milk – Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn and Dr. T. Colin Cambell’s research–featured in the documentary Forks Over Knives–is what ultimately moved me to become vegan. Imagine my excitement when I find out that Esselstyn’s son, Rip, has partnered with Whole Foods to bring more healthy, plant-based foods to stores everywhere! If you have a Whole Foods nearby, I encourage you to go check it out. If not, any kind of unsweetened almond or hemp milk is a great substitute.
Organic Power Greens – A mix of spinach, mizuna, chard and kale. I’ve been adding in huge handfuls lately. Greens are the ultimate superfood.
Organic Strawberries and Blueberries – Low glyemic and full of antioxidants, berries have been my #1 fruit choice for the last couple of months. I do wish they were in season, but frozen do just fine for now.
Organic Hemp Hearts – One of the most important components of my plant-based diet, these little guys have 10 grams of protein and 10 grams of omegas per serving. They’re also a great source of iron and various other minerals. I add these to every single smoothie that I make, as well as on top of cereal, salads, cooked food, and even in pancakes. Versatile and nutritious.
Chia Seeds – “Thousands of years ago, chia seed was a staple in the diets of ancient Mayans and Aztecs. The word chia is derived from the Mayan language, meaning “strength,” and Aztec warriors relied on chia seed to boost energy and increase stamina.” Notable nutrients: Fiber (5g per Tablespoon!), Iron, Protein.
Camu Camu Powder – This is the most recent addition to my smoothie. It’s an incredible source of vitamin c–as much as 60 times more C per serving than an orange. Also a good source of antioxidants and other phytonutrients.
Garden of Life Raw Protein (Cacao Flavor) – I rotate plant-based proteins every month or so, and I’m currently trying out Garden of Life’s line of raw protein. All sprouted grains, legumes and seeds, and it even contains live probiotics and enzymes. 17g protein.
And here’s the nutritional breakdown for the entire smoothie…
This smoothie covers over half of my daily need for protein and iron.
(Protein: 53% / Iron: 68%)
Not to mention that it contains 24 grams of fiber. 84% of the recommended daily amount.
If you’re too busy or unsure about what to cook throughout the day, green smoothies are a great way to ensure that you’re getting the nutrition you need for optimum health. New to smoothies? Check out this great resource.