Smoothie Making Tips and Techniques

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The mention of smoothies evokes instant images of health and wellness. Drinking a smoothie seems like a perfect way to guzzle a wealth of nutrients in a quick and convenient way, and this can certainly be the case. However, many smoothie recipes are packed with sugary flavored yogurts, canned fruits, and processed peanut better. By following a simple formula, you can avoid drinking a glorified milkshake and instead have nourishing and delicious smoothie that is the perfect treat to add to any diet.

 Pick a Base

To start making your smoothie you will first need a foundation for the smoothie. This will be the ingredient that gives your smoothie its namesake “smooth” consistency. Opt for a minimally processed ingredient with a smooth texture and mild flavor to blend with your other ingredients. Bananas or plain organic Greek Yogurt are top choices.

Load Up on the Produce

Adding produce is where your culinary creativity gets to shine through, and also where you will load up on flavor and antioxidants. Ideally, select a balance of both fruit and vegetables. Berries are antioxidant and flavor rich. Raw spinach and kale are hard to beat for your vegetable choice.  If you can’t find fresh Organic Kale, you can go with one of the Organic Kale Powders that Amazon has to offer.

Give It a Boost

Adding a supplement to your smoothie can either dramatically increase the nutritional benefits you get from the smoothie, or pollute your smoothie with undesirable chemical additives. Avoid protein supplements are made from artificial ingredients and chemicals and choose a high quality supplement instead.

 

One of the best options you can add is the microalgae spirulina. Spirulina provides a complete source of protein coupled with a host of other benefits such as calcium, chlorophyll, 18 different vitamins, and iron. The other ingredients you add to your smoothie may vary day to day, but spirulina powder is one ingredient worth adding to every supplement.  If you need some help finding a spirulina supplement, watch this video on how to find the best spirulina supplements.

 

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My Favorite Spirulina Recipes

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Spirulina is one of my favorite superfoods. It is a n excellent source of protein, vitamins, minerals, omega fats, antioxidants, chlorophyll, and more. Because spirulina is so incredibly nutrient dense, it offers numerous health benefits that truly make me feel super! I love spirulina but it can be difficult to get used to the taste, which is why I have learned to incorporate it into my favorite recipes.

Spirulina Smoothies – Spirulina can be easily added to your favorite fruit smoothies. I simply add a tablespoon to your favorite recipe. I like to combine spirulina with fresh or frozen fruit, a handful of leafy greens, and a bit of water or almond milk. This is delicious, healthy, and super satisfying.

Spirulina Sauces – I add spirulina to cooked sauces all of the time. It is great with a sprinkle mixed into tomato sauces, alfredo sauces, pesto sauces, salad dressings, and more. It is important to add the spirulina to the sauces after you have removed them from heat and let them cool to serving temperature. High temperatures will destroy some of the important nutrients found within spirulina.

Spirulina Seasoning Mixes – The earthy flavor of spirulina can be masked by other flavorful herbs and spices. Trying adding a tablespoon or so to garlic salt mixes, Cajun spice mixes, pasta spice mixes, or anything that pairs well will an earthy flavor.

Spirulina Baked Goods – Last but not least, I add spirulina to baked good recipes. Mix 1-2 tbsp. of spirulina into your favorite breads, muffins, bagels, and more. You can even add spirulina to sweeter baked goods using strong flavors like maple syrup or vanilla extract to mask the flavor. Spirulina, due to its bright green coloring, makes an excellent natural food dye as well!

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