4 Tips for a Pretty Smoothie & A Recipe!
I love smoothies. I really do. I drink one almost every day. I don’t share a lot of them with you on Instagram or the blog because most of them end up having a pretty hideous color. No one wants to look at a gray or brown smoothie. They aren’t pretty, but they are packed with nutrients and they are absolutely delicious!
Since I wanted to start making some smoothies to take with me to school, I started thinking about something that my students wouldn’t gawk or turn up their noses at, because there is nothing more embarrassing than a bunch of 5-year-olds mocking your life choices (I’m kidding, but seriously, kindergarteners have a LOT to say about EVERYTHING).
Choose Fruit Wisely
You are most likely adding fruit as a main ingredient in your smoothie. That’s awesome, but add fruits all in the same color family. If you want something berry flavored, stick with blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries or cherries. Mixing those with yellow and orange fruits will give you strange colors. Remember that primary and secondary color chart that was in your elementary school art room? Yup, just think about that. A basic knowledge of color blending and some common sense will go a long way in your smoothie-making endeavors!
Making a green smoothie? Stick with fruits that are yellow like banana, pineapple, mango, or apple. These fruits will not change the green hue of your drink, but adding berries will make it brown or gray. Still delicious, but not pretty!
If you want something to be a vibrant green color, use spinach, romaine lettuce, or chard. All awesome choices! Add a whole bunch and maybe even some spirulina if you have some lying around. You’ll have lovely shades of green for your smoothie as long as you stay away from berries.
If you want an orange, yellow, purple, or pink smoothie, skip the greens. I know, they are an easy way to add some extra greens into your morning, but you don’t have to stick a handful in there every day. It’s okay to take a break sometimes and use some other veggies!
Bananas are typically used to make your smoothie creamy, but did you know that there are other options? Avocados, zucchini, and cauliflower are alternatives that can provide the same effect (and add a veggie option!). I know, I know - cauliflower sounds weird. I get it. I promise you that the coming recipe is delicious, so you’re going to have to trust me here and give it a whirl!
For this one, I’m using cauliflower because it lacks a strong flavor and packs impressive amounts of Vitamins C, K, Folate, and B6. Cauliflower has been shown to improve heart health and is full of anti-inflammatory properties as well. Since it’s so bland in flavor on its own, it really is an extremely versatile vegetable that you can prepare in many different ways (like this smoothie!).
Supercharge Your Smoothie
Personally, I like to add a boost of superfoods to my smoothie every day. Might as well get an extra punch of omegas or vitamins in the mix! My favorites are hemp seeds, chia seeds, camu powder, goji berries, and spirulina. Hemp and chia seeds add some extra fiber, omegas, and protein while camu and gojis add an extra dose of Vitamins C and A, respectively. Spirulina is a great source of protein and also contains vitamins like B12. You do not have to add any of these to your smoothies, but these are excellent options if you are looking to sneak some extra goodness in the blender before giving it a spin.
Green Veggie Power Smoothie
½-¾ c frozen raw cauliflower (I used about a half cup of frozen cauliflower “rice” from Trader Joe’s and it was perfect!)
½ banana (frozen if you want it to be thicker and colder!)
1 large handful spinach
1 Leaf (stem removed) Swiss Chard (kale, collards, or just a little extra spinach would also work)
1 small persian cucumber (or half a regular cucumber with skin removed because it’s tough)
2 c water
1 tsp Spirulina (optional)
1 TBSP hemp seeds (optional)
Add all ingredients and blend until smooth. Enjoy with your favorite glass straw or take it on the go in your favorite mason jar!