Green smoothies are the breakfast sensation that’s gripping the nation. No sooner did you see that you can mix together fruits and leafy vegetables to make smoothies that are more than palatable, you found out that there are some things that make for an even better smooth experience. If you want to get the most taste and health from each drink, try these mix ins. While the perks of a green smoothie might be that you can customize the flavor profile to suit your own needs, there’s nothing wrong with taking a good suggestion or two when you find them.
It might be a few months since you heard about Acacia berries. These little fruits were on every health show for a few months, and they showed up in everything from protein powders to power bars, all the way to distilled fruit juices. They were supposed to rev your metabolism and melt away fat, and they delivered on their promises about as well as any weight loss supplement does. That is to say, they deliver about 1-2% greater results when paired with diet and exercise. This is why they’re not added in for their weight loss properties, but rather the way their high acid content can bust through stubborn joint pains. Mix in and enjoy.
Blueberries are still the antioxidant kings, and that’s why you should load up your smoothies with these little wonders. There’s nothing wrong with thinking of these heavy, delicious fruits more in terms of muffins or pancakes than smoothies, because just a taste or two will have you changing your mind. Not only are they great for you, their heavy flavor can be just the thing to combat the bitterness of a heavy leafy green that you know you should be eating but don’t really like.
If you want to turn your turbo shot of green energy into something that’s going to last you all morning long, then you need to pile on the protein powder. It’s just that easy to make your favorite side dish into a complete breakfast. With the power of protein behind it, a green smoothie can easily last you all morning. This is also a great way to get the ultimate lean protein; the powder without any added fat or calories whatsoever. This means it’s a great pairing for someone on a diet; it will fill you up, keep you going, and replace more tempting dishes that might have caused you to slip up.
If you’re having difficulties choking down your green smoothie, you just don’t have enough bananas. The flavor of a banana is sweet but mellow, the perfect compliments to the sharpness of leafy greens and the tart/sweet combination of fruit juices that you can use, along with water, to flavor your smoothie. On top of that, the texture is perfect for someone who really wants to have a smoothie that lives up to its name. A good banana can transform your smoothie from unpleasant morning shake to highlight of your day, all while adding potassium and natural sweetness.
These small seeds may need to soak a little before you mix them in, but they’re going to be worth it. They have a rich, nutty flavor that doesn’t overpower the rest of the drink. Even more importantly, Chia seeds are rich in antioxidants and very, very high in fiber. If you’ve found that your liquid breakfasts aren’t doing wonders for you any other way Chia seeds could be exactly what you need to turn your day around.