Smoothies & Smoothie Bowls do not need to be rocket science...
Here are a couple of tips to get creative in your kitchen each day to easily make something delish and fulfilling!
Top Tips for an awesome smoothie/smoothie bowl are:
1. Start with Greens
This is the healthiest option! Ha! But you can be mindful that if you use a lot of greens, they will make a more brown-green tone to the overall colour, depending on what else you are combining with it....
So either reduce or omit them on days you want to make it look pretty and eat more during your lunch or dinner. A lot of the smoothies/smoothie bowls I make, that AREN'T green, have around 1/2-1 cup of spinach and the colour isn't greatly affected.
2. Use one or two fruits
The best smoothie fruits are banana, apple, pear for a mild flavour; through to your watermelon, pineapple, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, mangos and oranges for a more marked flavour. Frozen berries will add more dense and dark colour to a smoothie than regular berries.
3. Add seeds and nuts
These little guys are powerhouses of nutrition! If I can say anything about making a smoothie/smoothie bowl each day is that you should definitely include your seeds! They will keep you fuelled for longer, more satisfied and do wonders for the body due to their essential fatty acids. The best to use are chia seeds (no flavour), pumpkin seeds/pepitas (mid flavour), sunflower seeds and linseed/flaxseed (stronger flavour). The best nuts to use would be almonds or cashews. Avoid strong flavoured nuts like walnuts or pecans as they will tend to overpower the overall taste.
3. Add in your powders
Here are just a couple of different kinds you can play with:
4. Add in your liquid or wet ingredients
It is generally best to make your smoothie on water, especially if weight-loss is a primary concern. Although this isn't one of my personal priorities at present, I prefer a water based smoothie. I feel that the true flavours of the ingredients shine when there isn't a milky overtone.
If you are more inclined for the creamier versions, then I cannot stress enough that you try to use dairy alternatives such as Coconut Milk (Pure Harvest), Almond Milk Unsweetened (Pure Harvest), Soy Milk (Bonsoy or Pureharvest) or Rice Milk (Pure Harvest) which are all available from the Long Life Milk section at your supermarket, and often very reasonably priced.
Using Coconut yoghurt is always a nice little creamy treat too. I personally love the Nudie Juice brand, available at Woolworths, as its more affordable and has a really smooth consistency.
For smoothies, usually fill the liquid up to the top of the fruit/vegetable content or just below, or on the marked line of your blender cup.
For smoothie bowls, use half of this. You may need to give your blender a little shake as its processing it with less liquid. Or adjust with a little more liquid as needed. Some days your smoothie bowl will be just like a soft serve icecream, other days, its a bit more runny.. It will still taste awesome.
5. A couple of combo suggestions
Use these as a base combination, always remember to add some greens and your seeds and powders (if using) and water/milk subtitute
It is limitless. Remember though that some will be better than others. I keep a little notebook in my kitchen and jot down the ones that are awesome - so I can share them with you wonderful people!