I think after that heavy bit of posting on detox diets and weight loss smoothies; we all need to take a breather. It can be hectic sometimes when you’re trying out things for the first time. Come on, admit it, it hasn’t been easy trying to lose weight this quickly has it. But it has been a rewarding experience nevertheless, because look at you now. And now look what’s happened. More people are joining our smoothie party. Thanks guys, thanks for all of the support. This post is not just for the new readers, it’s for you too. Today we’re just going to be talking about how to make healthy smoothies from scratch. And regular readers, you already know what’s coming up next. Loads of fun and inspiration. Let’s see what happens next, shall we.
Almost tempted last time but here’s that chocolate almond recipe
I’m giving you guys a treat. I’m giving myself a treat too, for that matter. Because I’ve really got the urge to splurge. Not on my health, mind you. For me, this decadent smoothie does no harm, seeing as though I never, hardly ever touch a slab of good, dark chocolate these days. Funny thing that, because I really love chocolate. I’m also quite excited at this time because it’s going to be the first time that I’m trying out almond milk. I’ve heard so many great things about it, also tried very hard to ignore the current trending stories on this magnificent nut which just happens to be quite delicious. Ah, now that I’ve tried. Many times.
Almond, butter and chocolate smoothie
This is a blood pressure reducing dessert treat that contains natural ingredients like raw cacao, bananas, spinach and strawberries, and just half a teaspoon of fresh ginger. Follow the simple blending process of blending your greens first and then adding your fruits. Oh, and don’t forget some dark chocolate and just a cup of almond milk.
Another green take on vegetables
All good and well that we are now all eating at least five wholesome vegetables from our dinner plates every day. It’s also great that many of you are now on board the smoothie train, but without the gravy. But you know what, it’s really important that we know as much about our veggies as possible. That way we can always prioritize which ones to source regularly after also learning about what our unique bodies need. This can also be checked out with a qualified nutritionist working in tandem with the medical specialist.
Let’s try out some new, veggies or greens, shall we. Here, let’s have a look. Yes, one or two have been mentioned before, but here, I’ll slot in a little extra info.
- Kale – It’s great with salads too. It can also be used in classic Asian-infused stir-fries. Kale contains calcium, folic acid and potassium.
- Cabbage – Use both green and red cabbage for your smoothies, that’s what I say. Again, low calorie content but rich in antioxidants and vitamin C.
- Broccoli – All kids hate this. Not sure why. Look out for my next post where we attempt to get kids to eat their veggies by rewarding them with yummy smoothies. Broccoli contains compounds that help to reduce the risk of contracting cancer. It’s also rich in vitamin C and magnesium.
- Turnips – Flavors are quite prominent, going from bitter to peppery. There’s not much to speak of here in terms of calories and the vegetable also has a high, calcium, fiber and vitamin content.
- Seaweed – I’ve been looking forward to the day when I could head off to the beach and pick me some raw seaweed to try out. How natural is that? It might be from the sea and all, but it’s also got its fair share of calcium, iodine, vitamins A and C.
- Herbs – All these green herbs; basil, oregano, parsley and peppermint, are both good for you and quite tasty. They have their fair share of antioxidants, minerals and vitamins too.
- Watercress – No, I’m not adding this vegetable in as an afterthought. And to think that I’d almost forgotten to add it in. One reason why it’s not been used regularly in our parts is that it’s strangely so expensive. It’s actually quite delicious, yes, I’ve tried it before, and it also has a peppery taste. This rarely used vegetable is rich in antioxidants beta carotene and lutein.
Easy, but not as pie
More inspiration for you guys, especially the latest batch of readers – welcome all aboard, welcome. This is just a quick demonstration to show you just how easy it is to make your own smoothies. Listen up guys, if I can do this, then so can you. Oh, and unless you’ve only included wholesome organic ingredients for your oven-baked pie – vegetables and mutton for instance, or fruit mince – pies are no good for you. That is to say if you are still a regular eater of processed foods and such.
By using these green and fruit ingredients; banana, blueberries, spinach, almond milk, water and honey, you can mix and match and experiment with a whole host of other ingredients. Just in this post alone, I think I’ve given you more than enough inspirational ideas. More food for thought, if you will.
Now, as to what type of smoothie blender you’re going to use if you’re just starting out, remember that you really don’t need to go top of the range and spend a fortune. All you need is something quite basic. Your enthusiasm and recently acquired inspiration takes care of all the rest by way of successfully making some very basic smoothies.