My family and I are on a smoothie kick. It’s contagious in the best sort of way. My brother and his wife have been on the kick for months now. Chris and I go in phases but we’ve been making almost daily smoothies for the last six weeks or so and we don’t show any signs of slowing down. My parents recently started making them which then inspired my aunt to jump on the band wagon. The best part is how healthy they are. We all start with a green- usually spinach or kale, whatever fruit you have on hand, ice, and a liquid like coconut water, almond milk, or regular water. Sometimes we get particularly creative and add carrots, beets, yogurt, ground flaxseed, flaxseed oil, chia seeds, or protein. The options are endless. Recently I bought an Omega 3 mix from William Sonoma that I’ve yet to try but I’m kind of excited about. Brooks gets super excited when we start the blender (he loves loud noises) and he loves to share my smoothie with me (I never include protein powder in his). I feel good about the fact that he’s getting so many vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients and I feel good that I am too. Starting your day off with kale or spinach is certainly a good thing.
According to Men’s Fitness:
- Kale is the best green in terms of antioxidants on the ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) chart—scoring 1,770 units while spinach clocks in at less than 1,500, says Frechman.
- It’s also a good source of vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium and cancer-fighting phytonutrients, plus it’s high in carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin, which have been proven to prevent macular degeneration.
- Kale has tons of fiber —one cup of this vegetable packs 90 mg into only 36 calories—while also helping to regulate enzymes that assist in detoxing your liver.
Also, of interest, I found multiple sites, including Dr. Mercola who say that Vitamin K (kale is high in vitamin K) may help prevent or even treat Alzheimer’s disease.
There are dozens of smoothie recipe books out there and while I find them quite interesting you really don’t need one. Fruit smoothies are great but I encourage you to add kale, spinach, or another green. It may change the color of your smoothie but as long as you add something sweet (fruit) you can hardly (if at all) taste the greens. Honestly the possibilities are endless. If you are thinking that you need to run out and buy a Vitamix, slow down for one minute. While I love my Vitamix, my parents have a traditional blender and it works wonders. I would say get started with your blender and if you find that you are really getting into making smoothies then go buy a Vitamix. Speaking of, they are about half the price at Costco.
And for those of you already on the bandwagon, here is a more adventurous recipe (has broccoli in it!)
Cheers! I hope you are enjoying your smoothie as much as I am enjoying mine.