Smoothies are probably one of the nutrition world’s greatest heroes, but when prepared improperly, they can end up being the nutrition world’s worst villain. Well-balanced smoothies are a quick, easy way to get a good portion of your daily nutritional needs, making them an especially great option for the busy singer! However, they too often become a sugar pit when they’re loaded with too many fruits and not enough vegetables, excessive amounts of added sugar, and are laden with sneaky sweetened items like flavored greek yogurt. So, I worked with our very own certified nutritionist & health guru Jennifer Fleischer to design an easy-to-follow menu to help you create your own healthy, delicious, one-of-a-kind ‘Super Food’ Smoothie to jumpstart your health!
Before you get started, you’ll need a reliable blender. I have been using a Vitamix for years, but recently received a Nutri Ninja and have fallen in love with both blenders. A poorly made blender won’t be able to power through fibrous ingredients like ginger, and can leave you with a clumpy, downright disgusting concoction. Additionally, cheap blenders tend to break very quickly. Instead of spending $30-$40 on a sub-par blender every few months, consider the value of this investment and get an appliance that will work for years and do the job right.
Finally, don’t forget your smoothie basics. Do you prefer thicker smoothies? Consider using frozen fruit and adding ice cubes! Those who prefer thinner shakes will prefer to use unfrozen fruit and add a liquid base instead. You should avoid store-bought frozen fruit that comes in a prepackaged bag, as it often has added sugar. Instead, buy fresh fruit in bulk during its peak season and freeze a few bags yourself to keep you stocked up throughout the winter!
I hope you enjoy our Super-Food, Super-Delicious Smoothie menu! We invite you to share your creations on social media with our hashtag, #OPERATHLETIC — bon appétit!
Need some more inspiration? Here is my favorite original smoothie recipe, complete with a breakdown of its nutritional profile! Trust me when I say this protein-packed, vitamin & mineral rich, super-food delight will get you through even the busiest of days.
Kendra’s Super Food Kiwi Delight!
Kale | Vitamins A, C & K
Broccoli Sprouts | Sulforaphane
Kiwi | Vitamin C, K, A, E & B6
Frozen Banana | Potassium
Greek Yogurt | Protein, Probiotics, Vitamin B12
Avocado | Glutathione
Chia Seeds | Omega 3, Fiber, Antioxidants
Unsweetened Almond Milk
Combine all ingredients in your favorite blender and mix until perfectly blended. ENJOY!!