Drinking a smoothie is a great way to get some extra nutrition in - especially for kids.
If you want to make the most of your smoothies, I've got some tried and tested tricks to step up your smoothie game!
2 - Add Sprouts - The concentrated nutrition in sprouts will really up the health benefits of your smoothie recipes. Clover, broccoli and alfalfa are great choices. There is GMO alfalfa on the market so to be sure you're not consuming GMO's, choose organic alfalfa sprouts if you can find them. The best option is to sprout them yourself! Get creative and try other sprouts in your smoothies - bean sprouts give lots of added protein.
4 - Add Healthy Fats - Using healthy fats like coconut oil, flaxseed oil and avocado will help to keep you full longer, and are brain function boosters. Did you know the brain is 60% fat? Yeah, that's right, we're all fatheads!]
5 - Use Berries - If you're used to using bananas, oranges, and peaches, try switching out some of those higher glycemic fruits with berries. Blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, blackberries - all of them have very high antioxidant levels and they are easier on your glycemic load.
6 - Add Protein Powder - A simple fruit smoothie tastes great but it is digested far too quickly for a lasting feeling of fullness. Adding some extra protein to your smoothie will keep you satisfied longer, help rebuild muscle, especially if this is your post-workout snack. Look for a protein powder with simple ingredients. For clean, vegan protein, I like Garden of Life's RAW Protein Powders. If you're interested in a whey protein powder, I'd recommend Tera's Whey - their whey comes from locally sourced grassfed cows.