1. Change up the liquids
Almond milk, cashew milk, oat milk, coconut water… there are so many options for liquids to add to your smoothie. All of them offer different benefits so I like to mix it up to keep the smoothies interesting. With all plant-based milks, make sure you’re reading the ingredients to avoid any fillers or other unwanted ingredients. Making your own nut milk is easier than you may think and it’s definitely worth a try! You can also use filtered water or try green tea, rooibos tea, or white tea for added antioxidants. The options are endless!
2. Add some greens
Try to include greens in every smoothie that you make. This will help balance the added fruit and make it less of a sugar bomb. A handful or two of spinach won’t change the taste too much, and it packs in so many extra nutrients. It’s an instant way to upgrade your smoothie to make it a healthier meal. Some ideas for greens to try in your next smoothie include spinach, kale, watercress, fresh parsley, or Swiss chard. If you’re just starting to add greens, I recommend starting with spinach since it’s generally the most subtle.
3. Include fibre
Getting enough fibre in your diet is important for healthy digestion, but most of us are not getting enough on a daily basis. Fibre also helps you feel fuller for longer, can improve cholesterol and blood sugar levels, and can assist in preventing some diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and bowel cancer. Try adding flax seeds or chia seeds to your next morning smoothie to take it to the next level.
4. Switch up the protein
When we think of ways to add protein to our smoothies, the first thought is often protein powder. While this can be a great way to add it in, it’s not the only way to pack your smoothie with protein. Try adding nut butters or pumpkin, chia, or hemp seeds. If you prefer using protein powders, make sure you’re reading the ingredients to avoid any unwanted fillers. Pea protein, whey powder, collagen, and bone broth are all awesome options to try.
5. Add some fat
Almond Butter, coconut oil, avocado, walnuts, MCT oil… these are all great options to boost the fat content in your next morning smoothie. The fat will help thicken up your smoothie to make it a more filling meal and it will provide you with heart-healthy essential fatty acids.
6. Spice it up
Try adding spices like cinnamon, ginger, or turmeric to your smoothies to boost the antioxidants and give it some extra flavour. You can add the powdered version of the spice or try throwing in a chunk of fresh ginger or turmeric. This is especially a good idea if you’re making a winter smoothie since this is the time of year when your body is craving warmth and comfort.
7. Make it thick
In order for a smoothie to be filling, it needs to be thick enough to turn off ghrelin, the hunger hormone. No matter how healthy the smoothie is, if it’s the same consistency as juice, it’s not going to satisfy you. Your body needs to feel like it just got a meal, so the best way to do that is to make the smoothie thick and satisfying and then drink it slowly to allow your body to digest fully.
8. Add some superfoods
I like to add two or three different superfoods to all of my smoothies just to give them that extra boost. Chia seeds, hemp hearts, bee pollen, maca powder, cacao powder, spirulina… all of these pack in a lot of nutrients in just a little teaspoon. Try experimenting with different superfoods depending on the flavour of your smoothie. I find that chia seeds, hemp hearts, and bee pollen go well with just about anything, maca and cacao powder are best in a chocolatey smoothie, and spirulina adds the perfect boost to green smoothies.
What’s your favourite way to upgrade your smoothie?
8 Ways to Upgrade Your Morning Smoothie
May 30, 2019