I'm dedicating this blog post to my Breathe in Retreat Tribe. During our amazing retreat, we had a few of these smoothies and I'd like to share my recipe and also some tips on how you can make your own unique blend.
First off, smoothies are a great way to pack in the nutrients you need while staying at home or when you're on the move. The smoothies that I like to make are quick and easy, but also packed with some great nutrients to start your day off right. For this recipe you will need a blender. I use a Magic Bullet because it's affordable and super easy to clean, but you can use whatever you have on hand.
Ingredients: *note this is for a single serving*
Yoghurt (3-5 spoons) - If you are lactose intolerant you can buy lactose free yoghurt. I like to buy plain yoghurt that still has probiotics.
Protein Powder (1 full scoop) - Lots of people are very picky about their protein powder, and I don't blame them! Finding a good powder is very hard, and you'll probably need to play around with different ones until you find one right for you. I currently buy the Costco Leanfit brand, that is 100% Whey. I find it's very smooth and I love the taste of it, so it's what I use. Click HERE for more information about Protein Powders and different top brands.
Fiber Powder (1 scoop) - This is an optional ingredient, but it is really healthy. If you're not used to fiber powder, add in only a little bit (1/4 scoop), and increase slowly over time.
Chia Seeds (1-2 tbs) - The next layer I add is usually either pure chia seeds, or a mix of chia seeds, hemp seeds, ground flax seeds, and any other small seeds that are very high in nutrients. You can add in what you like.
Frozen/Fresh Berries (fill until you reach the max level or until you reach the same height as the other ingredients. i.e. 1:1 ratio) - I usually go with frozen berries, as sometimes I don't make the smoothies often enough. I find the frozen berries are perfect for cooling the drink down (no ice-cubes needed) and they stay good for a long time.
Water (fill until you reach the max level or the same height as the berries) - You can add in a little bit of milk if you want, but I sometimes find that makes the smoothie too thick. You can also replace the water with juice (like cranberry juice) if you'd like. However, I find that with the protein powder that I use, the chocolate milk flavour doesn't mix so well with the juice, so I just use water.
And that's it! I did a lot of explaining, so it looks like a lot, but this recipe should only take you 3-7 minutes long to make an awesome smoothie!
Now, this is only my recipe, and there are thousands (if not millions) of recipes out there. Just like how I say there is a yoga style for everyone, so too is there a smoothie recipe with your name on it.
When experimenting with different ingredients, it's best to make sure your ingredients are not too heavy/thick, and that you will be able to drink your concoction with ease (and if you find it too thick and the blender line to the max, mix in some water with a spoon).
I hope I've opened your eyes on some creative healthy smoothies, and until next time,
P.S. Here are some great sites where you can find other great smoothie recipes: