How To Make A Ridiculously Healthy Smoothie Taste Like Pudding!
It is often challenging to make a healthy smoothie (consisting of fresh/dried greens and vegetables) taste yummy and creamy.
Sometimes the texture is awful, or it's just too bitter and tastes like what you imagine a swamp would.
So, what does a gal have to do to make her super-healthy smoothie taste so incredibly good that she actually looks forward to making it
and feels sad when she reaches the last drop?
Before we give you a recipe for a smoothie which is going to BLOW YOUR MIND in terms of taste and nutrient density, here is a list of little hacks
to make your smoothies taste great - because, let's face it, life is too short to force foul-tasting smoothies down your throat:
- Make it Sweet: Add a frozen, sweet whole fruit like banana, mango and/or frozen coconut milk/cream cubes instead of using stevia and xylitol.
- Make It Creamy: Use nut or hemp seed milk as a base, or a add a tablespoon of nut butter (almond, macadamia and peanut butter all work amazingly well!)
- Make it Decadent: Add raw cacao powder, Medjool dates, coconut blossom nectar and/or vanilla extract - these are the kind of ingredients which make great raw desserts!
- Give it a Crunch: Add a few cacao nibs or dairy-free chocolate chips right at the end and pulse.
- Give it more Substance and Mask The Greens: Add a few scoops of vegan protein powder or coconut creamer to bulk up your smoothie and downplay the greens.
- Always use a smaller portion of greens/green powder and sour fruits (cherries, berries, pineapple, papaya, etc) than you would sweeter fruit.
- Add a tiny pinch of sea salt or a dash of cinnamon to unify the taste profiles.
Below you'll find one of my favorite health smoothies which tastes a lot better than what it may sound like at first! It is filled with a variety of foods that are designed to not only flood your body with phyto-nutrients, good fats and non-inflammatory protein, but keep you feeling fuller for longer. I often find it difficult to replace a meal with just a smoothie alone, but I find that this recipe satisfies my hunger and kicks cravings, especially during that time of the month!
The Longevity Smoothie
In a blender, add the following:
- 1 1/2 cups of Almond Creamery Classic nut milk (contains almonds and macadamias)
- 3 scoops of Phyto Pro Thrive Chocolate Pea Protein Isolate
- 1 small teaspoon of Super Shake Green Alkaliser
- 1 heaped tablespoon of almond butter
- 2 stalks of kale
- 1 tablespoon of grated raw zucchini (baby marrow)
- small handful of grated raw beetroot
- small handful of frozen blackberries
- 1 frozen banana
Blend and enjoy ~ serves one big cup or two small ones :)
Still too earthy for your liking? Try adding another half of a frozen banana, a teaspoon of cacao powder and a teaspoon of nut butter.
Benefits of this smoothie include:
- beautifying & anti-aging (high in vitamins, minerals and phyto-nutrients)
- anti-inflammatory (the greens alkalize the body)
- detoxifies the liver (beetroot and kale)
- hydrates (high water content present in the raw fruit and vegetables)
- builds strong, lean muscle (the pea protein is a great source of clean, bio-available protein!)
- nourishes the nervous system (good fats and oils from the nuts)
- helps balance hormones (cacao, kale)