I’m not one for set recipes with smoothies, but gradually working on one to post in here soon. I always like to add in various things to my smoothies to up my health game.
Some might say that I have a hidden agenda in my smoothies. Obviously, there’s green! And right now that green is supporting my EAGLES as they head onto the Super Bowl this weekend.
Also, let me just state what I’ve noticed about my recipe posts. Pretty much, they all involve my VitaMix. I love blending stuff! I dragged my feet thinking about investing in one, but compromised on a reduced cost, refurbished VitaMix with a 5 year warranty.
I. use. it. ALL. the. time. Smart investment, Kels! It has also been a huge time saver over the NutriBullet I used to prepare a new smoothie every morning in the blender cup. Now, I make 3 day batches at a time.
Okay, on to my smoothie additions! If you know me, you know that I love a vibrant green smoothie, for breakfast or as an afternoon snack to keep me out of the munch-ables. It’s one of my secrets for glowing skin!
Here are some of my favorite additions:
Probiotics | Gut health is everything! Investing in high quality probiotics is the only way to go if you want to help your body efficiently absorb the good stuff and eliminate the bad stuff. There are so many ways to incorporate probiotics into your routine, like fermented foods or kombucha, but there is a big difference between transitory vs. resident-forming probiotics. They’re both great for you, but when you analyze the cost of the transitory probiotic kombucha ($3-4 a bottle) vs. resident-forming probiotic pills (~$1 a pill), that’s where I find the most value in something like Life 9. Just break open the capsule! If I have a batch of three smoothies, I’ll use three pills. One-a-day!
Flax Seeds | Super rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, which is amazing brain power and heart health food. They also can help your digestive health and even boost your mood. I prefer to buy my flax seeds whole since ground ones can go bad more quickly. To preserve my flax seeds, I stick the bag in the freezer, just like I do with nuts! It helps prolong the shelf life!
Diatomaceous Earth (food grade) | I started with DE after talking with a fellow yogi, Maria, who uses it in her family smoothies. Spoiler alert: studies show 90% of the population has parasites! DE acts as a scrub brush through our gut, helping to sweep away and evict these unwanted visitors. I’ve been known to hand out ziplock baggies to my friends because I bought a 5 lb bag on Amazon for around $10 and I don’t know if I’ll ever use it all. Start with 1/2 tsp each day.
Vitality Oils | Because sometimes I forget to have fresh ginger or citrus fruits in my fridge. I usually like to throw in a 1/2 inch knob of ginger, but I can also sub in a drop of Ginger Vitality. No lemon? No problem. Use a few drops of Lemon Vitality to help cleanse the body!
NingXia Red | Antioxidant pow-wow! The wolfberry is highly touted for its benefits, which include support for energy levels, overall wellness, and normal cell health. When I’m making a berry smoothie, I’ll splash in a couple ounces. When I have a sluggish afternoon, it’s great to know I have a caffeine-free alternative because coffee past noon is waaaaay too much for me!
Psyllium Husks | Psyllium is soluble fiber derived from the seeds of an herb mainly grown in India. Helps bulk stuff up. I’ll leave it at that. Just a little goes a long way. I only use this occasionally, and when I do, it’s max 1/2 tsp.
Ashwagandha Powder | I haven’t actually tried this yet, but it’s on my next list to try for its mood boosting quality, which in the winter doldrums with limited sunshine, I desperately need!