Craving a refreshing and nutrient-rich meal?
This smoothie recipe is one of our all-time favorites and makes an absolutely delicious breakfast or lunch.
Freeze your fruit ahead
Cut ripe bananas into halves or thirds (depending on how prominent you want the banana flavor) and freeze them in a large freezer baggie. Buy, clean and freeze your favorite fruit or berries to add to your smoothies.
If you want to take it one step further, these make-ahead smoothie packs are an easy way to prep smoothies in advance. You’ll save time and take the guesswork out of what to put into the blender during hectic mornings throughout the week.
Why supercharge your smoothie?
Cacao powder and cacao nibs: Made from cacao beans, both nibs and powder have some serious super powers. They’re exceptionally rich in antioxidants, which fight off damage to the body, such as premature aging and certain cancers. They contain potassium, iron and magnesium. They’ve been shown to reduce inflammation and improve heart health.They’re loaded with fiber, which helps promote healthy digestion and, last but not least, they stimulate serotonin and dopamine in the brain (a.k.a. feel-good hormones).
Hemp seeds: Rich in healthy fats, fiber and protein, as well as vitamin E and minerals, hemp seeds are a no-brainer when it comes to supercharging your smoothie. Rather than protein powder, add a spoonful of these protein-packed goodies to your smoothie.
Chia seeds: Not only are they rich in protein, antioxidants, fiber and omega 3’s, their powerful benefits range from heart health and helping your immune system to fight off bacteria and viruses to aiding in weight loss.
Goji berries: Goji berries are packed full of powerful antioxidants, contain large amounts of vitamins A and C and are relatively high in fiber and protein. The benefits range from boosting energy levels to balancing blood sugar levels and protecting against premature aging.
When making any smoothie, the most important tip is to use a high-powered blender or food processor. Why? A high-powered blender finely chops the spinach. You want it to be a drink, not a salad. A Nutribullet works great for this.
This recipe will yield 1 large smoothie or 2 smaller smoothies. If it’s just a snack, freeze or share the other half.