If you have been assaulted by a gobbly green goop smoothie calling itself healthy or your smoothie morphed into something more akin to dessert than a meal, have I got formula for you.
Credit goes to Matt Frazier, who shared The Perfect Smoothie Formula at his blog No Meat Athlete. His approach is flexible, comprehensive, and doable. The smoothies produced from this approach are customized, well-rounded, and delicious.
Here’s my favorite smoothie that I enjoy after my morning routine.
Step 1: Place ice and water into Vitamix or blender. Skip ice if using a lot of frozen fruit.
Step 2: Add dry ingredients to blender. From top and clockwise; protein powder, nuts, chia (or hemp) seed, flax meal, spirulina. I mix these ahead of time, placing all dry ingredients into a sealed container to store in refrigerator. These pre-mixed containers are great to take on the road.
Step 3: Add leafy greens. I stick to spinach but small amounts of kale (bitter) and lettuce work.
Step 4: Add fruit and fat. I add frozen berries, orange, and avocado. Orange juice concentrate (pictured) is my back up to when I don’t have fresh orange. When I don’t have fresh avocado, I substitute coconut oil.
Step 5: Blend for 1 minute on high, more if using a less powerful blender. Clean up while blender is running.
An approximate nutritional analysis of this smoothie via MyFitnessPal is,
Where many smoothies miss the mark is either they taste awful, they don’t meet personal dietary needs, or they are a sweet treat. This version is made without dairy, gluten or egg. It is high protein, high fiber, and lower carb. The Perfect Smoothie Formula can be adapted for any dietary need and can be used as a snack, meal replacement, or post-workout replenishment. The possibilities are endless!
Do you make smoothies? What are your favorite smoothie ingredients? Are you reluctant to consider smoothies as part of your diet? Why? What do you eat for breakfast? Any smoothie questions?
I hope your weekend runs…smoothly 😀 ~~~~~~~~ Angie Mc