6 Smoothie Ingredients You Need to Maximize Your Morning

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

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It may be Winter but smoothies have become my morning lifeline. It is never too cold to get your nutrients in, am I right?! I know I can get at least 1-2 servings of fruits and veggies for the day in one smoothie, so I am not going to skimp out on that.

There really is no wrong way to make a smoothie, but there is a right way to maximize the nutrients you pack into them. I used to consider a blender a power tool until I became familiar with the possibilities of one. Now it is a morning routine staple.  I’ve included my fundamental smoothie ingredients below as well as some of my classic flavor combos. I’d love for you to share your favorite smoothie combos in the comments below! 

Fundamental ingredients of a great morning smoothies

My smoothies are all dairy-free, nut-free, gluten-free, and taste SO yummy.

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Fruit - 2 - 3 Types of Fruit

The fruit is the holy grail of the smoothie. What you select here is going to be your main source of flavor. I'll pack in as many berries as I can into my cup. I typically buy these fresh and then just freeze them myself because frozen bags of fruit can contain unwanted starches and are typically more expensive. Skip the convenience aspect on this one if you're looking to save a few bucks

Tip: Mango is the superior smoothie fruit. Mango will block out a lot of unwanted flavors from veggies or powders. I always have some on standby in case my blend doesn't go as planned.

Chia Seeds

Chia seeds have so man benefits. If you're not putting chia seeds in your diet, you should start now! They really don't taste like anything. I never even notice when I blend them up. I'm not a fan of the chia seed pudding or anything like that but in a smoothie, you can't taste them and chia seeds provide many nutritional benefits like antioxidants, fiber, high-quality protein, promote weight loss, and omega-3 fatty acids to name a few.

Rice milk or Coconut Milk

I definitely prefer rice milk in my smoothies. It might be a nostalgia thing because I grew up on Rice Milk, but coconut milk is a decent second. I can have dairy, I just found that yogurt and 2%milk make my smoothies so heavy. Rice milk can be naturally sweetened and it provides the right amount to balance out the tartness of the fruit.
Tip: I make my own Rice milk and freeze it! By making your own rice milk you save a pretty penny in the long run and it is so easy to make!

310 Nutrition Plant-Based Protein Powder

As a vegetarian, I have to get my protein in somewhere. I use 310 nutrition protein powder in my smoothies because it is free of caffeine, artificial sweeteners, gluten, and GMOs. I don't want any of that extra stuff in my smoothie. I just want the protein. 310 Nutrition has better flavor options than some of its competitors. I've tried coconut, Vanilla, Chocolate, and even Mint Chocolate chip. They give you plenty of flavors that will fit your taste buds. Get your FREE STARTER KIT with my code: 310NYRJORDAN1.You only have to pay for shipping!
Tip: If you're mixing with peanut butter or peanut butter flavors in smoothies, always go with blueberries as your fruit. They just really compliment one another.

Leafy Greens - Spinach or Kale

You need your vegetables and sometimes a salad isn't always an option for the day. Get at least 1-2 servings of veggies in the morning without the added dressings or taste. I pack my smoothie full of spinach or kale and the fruit overpowers it so I don't even taste the greens. A lot of moms use this method with their kiddos. They would never even know.
Tip: Blend up water and spinach and pour it into an ice cube tray. Each cube will contain a healthy amount of fresh spinach and you don't have to worry about it wilting

Apple Cider Vinegar

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This is my special ingredient.Three teaspoons of ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar) has SO many benefits. It has a very sour bitter taste though so you have to dilute it with something otherwise it will burn on your throat. Some use water or juice, but I blend mine up in my smoothie and you can't even taste it. The benefits of apple cider-like clearing harmful bacterias from my body, it helps to fight diabetes, helps promote weight loss, and lowers cholesterol to name a few

I use these simple smoothie ingredients all of the time because they are the perfect combination for making smoothies ahead of time or prepping smoothies at night to take with you in the morning. 

My favorite smoothie combinations

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I am a creature of habit and tend to draw back to the same combos, but they taste great and I'm always trying new flavors however these are the staple morning smoothie choices for me.  Spinach or kale don't change the flavor for me so I go by whatever I have in the fridge at the time.

  • Pineapple, Mango, Spinach, + Spinach or Kale
  • Strawberry & Cherry + Spinach or Kale
  • Blueberry, Apple, Blackberry, + Butternut Squash, Kale, Spinach
  • Raspberry, Blueberry, Blackberry + Spinach or Kale
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So, don't wait until summer. Pack your morning with nutrients and give your brain a boost and maximize your morning with a smoothie full of all the good things your body needs.

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