Since it is almost smoothie season, what are you going to drink? -Travel Animal Doctor
Swimsuit season is on my mind with the winter weather behind us. This can only mean one thing: It’s almost smoothie season! Smoothies are a summer favorite in this household.
Benefits of smoothies include:
1) Jam-packed with fruit and vegetables to help fulfill your daily requirement
2) Natural vitamins and minerals
3) Naturally sweet taste without having to use sugar
Basically, smoothies are both nutritious and delicious. This morning the Nutri-Bullet was dusted off and put to work. A specific recipe was not followed since there were a hodge-podge of ingredients in the fridge. It is fun to experiment with new combinations sometimes however you do not always know how they will turn out.
Following a recipe that is tried and true helps you to find one that will appease your taste buds. The only con about following a recipe is having the necessary ingredients. Because it almost smoothie season upon us, I will be adding healthy recipes that I thoroughly enjoy as I try them.
Until then, I would like to discuss my favorite smoothie ingredients.
My favorite ingredients to smoothies are:
- Unsweetened Almond Milk
- Frozen Kale
- Original Greek Yogurt
- Chia Seeds
Seeds and Nuts
I did not have chia seeds for this particular smoothie. I like using chia seeds because they are a powerful addition to any diet. They taste great in a smoothie, and supplement omega-3 fatty acids, fiber and some protein into your diet. They can be found at any health foods store, but they can be slightly expensive. Other ingredients that can boost your diet include unsalted sunflower seeds, flax seeds, or unsalted nuts.
What I had on hand for this smoothie:
Almond milk, kale, greek yogurt, fresh pineapple, fresh peach, and an orange. With the selection of fruit I used, the end result was very sweet.
While this smoothie appears green from the kale, it does not taste like kale. That is only one of the many reasons I enjoy using kale in my smoothies.
Kale has amazing health benefits. Important minerals in kale include iron, potassium, phosphorous, manganese, and copper. Kale also has significant vitamins, including vitamin C, A and K.
I will be making smoothies and posting them throughout the summer. For this particular smoothie I simply found what fruit I had in the fridge and ran with it.
In the future I look forward to following many smoothie recipes to find what recipes I like the best.
Swimsuit season is almost upon us, thus it is also almost smoothie season.
Join me this summer as I explore the wonderful world of fruit smoothies. – Travel Animal Doctor