If money is not an option I like to use the Vitamix. It is superior in its mixing capabilities. The best bang for you buck, though, is the Nutribullet. Not very expensive and makes great tasting, well mixed smoothies.
Some examples of what to make your smoothie with:
The Base (Liquid)…2 cups of:
- Filtered water, Coconut water, Coconut milk, Cooled green tea, Nut milk (almond, hemp, cashew, etc)
Leafy Greens…2 cups of:
- Spinach, Romaine, Green leaf lettuce, Kale, Collards
For Energy…1 cup of:
- Pear, Banana, Pineapple, Orange, Berries, Lemon, Apple, Mango, Avocado, Carrot
Bonus Boosters…2 to 3 or however many of your favorite:
- Chia seeds, Protein powder, Maca powder, Cacao, Coconut oil, Nut butter, Cinnamon, Vanilla, Hemp seeds, Turmeric
More Info on Smoothies:
- Watch the Documentary “Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead” on Netflix, about a man who was really unhealthy and on tons of medication, and then decided to start juicing…it walks through his transformation
- I bought a few recipe books “The Healthy Green Drink Diet” and “Green Smoothie Revolution” for some info and recipes. The books have great recipes.
- I bought a blender for smoothies (If you pay the outrageous price for investing in a Vitamix then great. They are really dependable, they really get the consistency very smooth, which is very important for taste, and they have a great warranty. However, the best bang for you buck is the Nutribullet. Definitely way cheaper and gives you that great tasting smoothie texture and not as big as the Vitamix.
- I bought a Juicer for juicing and started with a highly rated cheap juicer. I’m glad I have it, but to be honest, juicing is a bit of effort, takes some cleanup, and in general, there are great, healthy, organic juices available, so I’d rather just buy a cold pressed green juice in the store occasionally.
Info on Juices vs Smoothies
- Juices are great for getting tons of nutrients to your system very quickly and easily, without much digestion needed, but since they don’t have the fiber, they can also be a real shock to your blood sugar. So I really prefer smoothies most of the time. Every few months I do a 3 day juice cleanse, and focus on green juices, and sometimes I use green juice as the basis for my smoothies, but I don’t recommend fruit juices much.
- Smoothies are amazing, but similar to juices, it’s easy to go overboard on fruit. As the books recommend, it’s good to start with something on the more fruity side, and then adjust the level of greens slowly so you get a taste for it. Ultimately you want to work towards having way more veggies than fruits.
- Smoothies have a ton of fiber, so go easy in the beginning to avoid body reaction
- I like to drink smoothies before other foods, because they digest relatively quickly, and if you have smoothie digesting, and sitting on top of slower dairy/meat/carbs going through your system, it can get a little gassy/gross.
My go-to smoothie in the beginning:
- 1 apple
- 1 pear
- 1-2 handful of greens (Spinach)
- 1 celery stalk
- liquid (orange juice / water / other)
- It was good, but it had a lot of fruit, and nothing to really bind the ingredients together
Modern day common smoothie:
- 1 banana
- 1/2 – 1 avocado
- 2-3 handfuls of greens (typically Spinach but I try to vary)
- liquid (cold pressed green juice and/or coconut water and/or water)
- Frozen Blueberries
- 1 date (optional – sweetens it a lot)
- Protein Powder
- Broccoli (optional – usually throw in 1 small piece to get extra greens)
- Peanut/Almond/Coconut butter. Adds a wonderful taste
They are pretty filling, and you can store for 2-3 days in a sealed container like a mason jar.