It seems like everyone has their signature smoothie recipe – something they make on the daily to provide them with the nutrients and delicious protein they need to start the day or to celebrate a great workout. But there are so many ingredients to choose from and it can be difficult to know where to start and how to make shakes taste as good as they are healthy. We’ve got you covered with some simple tips to make delicious, wholesome smoothies and protein shakes anytime.
- Solid Protein Base: A protein shake or smoothie is only as good as the quality of its base. If you like plant-based protein powder, look for sugar free powders that use a combination of different plants for complete protein. If you prefer a whey protein powder, reach for one with plenty of grass-fed whey protein, low in sugar, and without artificial additives and preservatives. Orgain protein powders are smooth, creamy, and don’t have that gritty texture of other powders and they come in a whole range of flavors which can make even the simplest shake and smoothie recipes shine.
- Pick Your Produce: Keep added sugars low by making use of naturally sweet produce such as dates, carrots, blueberries, bananas, and even sweet potato or pumpkin puree, which are also loaded with vitamins and key nutrients. Stick to trusty and tasty flavor combos like cherry-banana, mango and spinach, pumpkin and cinnamon, or peanut butter-chocolate-banana at first to figure out the sort of combinations you like best.
- Splash of Liquid: If you want your smoothie to have a creamier texture, go for almond milk, whole milk, or another alternative milk of your choice. Using water or coconut water are great options for an ultra-hydrating and fresh smoothie without the added sugar of juice.
- Spice it Up with Extras! Turmeric, ginger, and cinnamon are all excellent smoothie add-ons for fighting inflammation and they pair exceptionally well with nutrient-rich coconut milk, pumpkin puree, banana, and apple. Spirulina powder is rich in antioxidants and protein and tastes yummy with spinach and blueberries. Try a spoonful of peanut or almond butter with bananas, strawberries, and almond milk for a nutritious twist on classic peanut butter and jelly.
- Give it a whirl: Throw a handful of ice cubes or frozen banana in for a frostier sip and blend until smooth! Top with crunchy chia seeds, cocoa powder, or coconut and fresh berries and serve as a smoothie bowl and enjoy with a spoon or pour into a travel cup to take your smoothie on the go.
Don’t be afraid to experiment and try new things- simply swapping one ingredient out for something new can help you fine tune your smoothie game and expand your flavor repertoire. With these tips, you’ll be sharing your signature recipe with friends and coworkers in no time!