3 Things Every Great Smoothie Has

If you’re like me then you’re always rushing out the door in the morning. Here’s a tip to make sure you don’t miss out on the most important meal of the day.

Smoothies are a great option as the weather starts to warm up. They only take a few minutes to make and you can take them with you out the door. There are hundreds of smoothie recipes online. However, finding a few key ingredients that you like will help you to make a wide range of flavors.

Most smoothies consist of 3 parts: liquid, solid, and protein. It is important to find out your favorite ingredients in each of these parts so that you can experiment with new recipes. I use milk as my liquid. However, in a lot of recipes, milk can be replaced by almond milk, soy milk, or sometimes coconut water. Most smoothies use fruit as their solid ingredient. I like to keep bags of frozen fruit ready in the freezer. Using frozen fruit saves time and will give your smoothie a cold and refreshing taste without the need for much added ice. Some vegetables can also be used as a solid ingredient. Spinach and kale are healthy ingredients that won’t greatly affect the taste of the drink. Protein ingredients are optional, but can give your breakfast some power. Protein powders will affect the taste of your smoothie, so it’s important to find one you like. I suggest using a flavor like vanilla that can be used in a lot of different recipes. A great addition to your smoothie can also be oats. Adding oats will give your smoothie a thicker texture, and will keep you going when your coffee starts to wear off.

Stay tuned next Friday for some specific recipes to get you started!

– Andrew Merriman (Kazi Associate)

 

Picture courtesy of Google:  http://nutriadviser.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/smoothies.jpg

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