How do you start your morning? I'm still working on setting 15 minutes aside to meditate every day (work in progress) but you can bet that my mornings start with a latte and just before I head to crossfit, a smoothie.
I got into making them when I started running long distances in Mexico City. The altitude there is brutal and not being fuelled properly would guarantee running out of steam pretty quickly. To this day, smoothies are a part of my morning routine and have also become the girl’s go to breakfast.
The key when making them is variety. I've put a list of 5 musts when it comes to blending a nutritious and delicious smoothie.
1 • Frozen fruit
Have a few bags available, specially mixed berries which are rich in antioxidants. If you have bananas that are getting ripe, cut them inn slices and freeze them. Adding bananas gives your smoothies a creamier texture and gives you a dose of potassium as well.
2 • Chia seeds and Hemp hearts
I rarely make a smoothie without adding chia and hemp hearts. They are nutritional powerhouses and aid in hydration while providing omegas, fiber and extra protein.
3 • Nut butters
Adding a tablespoon of almond, peanut or sunflower butter to a smoothie allows you to have more protein if opting out from a protein powder, and pairs well with mostly any fruit combo (and let's be real, everything is better when you add a bit :)
4 • Stay away from adding juice
Instead choose your favourite milk (I prefer almond). Juice adds unnecessary sugar and you are already adding fruit to your smoothie.
5 • Add on some veg
Kale or spinach? Yes to both! Since I stopped eating meat, my iron intake has always been a concern. Adding greens to your smoothie not only provides you with vitamins, but with fiber as well. Use organic when possible.
This superfood smoothie is the one I make the most at home and I hope it becomes your favourite too!
2 cups mixed berries
1 frozen banana (previously sliced)
½ cup Kale or baby spinach
1 tsp chia seeds
1 tsp hemp seeds
1 tbsp rolled oats
1 scoop protein powder ( I use a Vegan one)
2 cups almond milk
1 tbsp peanut butter
½ tsp cinnamon
Extra Chia and hemp hearts to top your smoothie after blended
Blend all ingredients until creamy, top with extra Chia and hemp hearts and enjoy!