There’s no reason you should just have smoothies as breakfast or as a snack! Smoothies- if made ‘responsibly’- are a great way of packing TONS of essential vitamins and minerals into one meal. Many of us, myself included, tend to prefer sweeter smoothies. The bad news being that usually this also means we’re taking in a LOT of sugar without even realising it.
Something that helps me is thinking of my smoothies as liquid salads. Ask yourself:
- Could I eat all of these ingredients without blending them?
- Does the smoothie contain at least 1-2 veggies?
To avoid ending up with a very high-calorie, sugary smoothie, choose for fruits with a low glycemic load such as apples, blueberries, or pears and limit yourself to 1-2 pieces. These fruits won’t make your blood sugar levels rise as much as bananas, pineapples, or dates.
For 2 small servings, 1 large serving- Use a thermos to bring what’s leftover with you as a snack!
- 2 cups of homemade apple juice (instructions below)- or organic apple juice
- 1.5 cups frozen blueberries
- 1 tbsp hemp seeds
- 1 peeled lime
- 5 basil leaves
- 2 leaves of dinosaur kale or swiss chard (don’t blend the stem!)
- Optional: 2 tbsp jumbo oats
- A nut bag
Apple juice instructions
Don’t have a juicer? Can’t access organic, low sugar apple juice? You might want to use this simple trick to make your own apple juice. It takes less than 2 minutes (woohoo)!
Grab 1 apple, remove the stem and pits, chop it up and blend it with 2 cups of water. Use a nut bag to drain out the pulp. And voila: homemade apple juice!