WELCOME to Week 1 of our October Smoothie Series: How a Smoothie Drinker Shops and Stocks Their Kitchen!
If you didn't know, I LOVE SMOOTHIES!
I try to have a smoothie in my meal plan at least once a day, sometimes two!
I love them because I am able to get so many nutrients but through a drink! Some may wonder why I would choose to drink fruits and veggies rather than eat them. I mean once you take the time to chew the food, you would for sure get more full. For me, I enjoy smoothies because they are quick, easy, and light. Rather than eating a bowl of fruit, yogurt, and almond milk, I can mix a smoothie and take it on the go. PLUS, the biggest part for me is being able to add in protein powder. You can read about the importance of using protein powder post workout at our Skoop Protein Review, and at our Manitoba Harvest Protein Review. Although some choose to mix their post workout protein in water or milk and drink it, I enjoy adding it to a good smoothie!
So, if you are looking to add a smoothie to your daily meals, then let's start with....
How to shop and stock your kitchen for making smoothies!
To create a good base for general smoothie making, here's what you will need:
I use almond milk. Some people prefer to use a juice, like orange juice, others use just water. I think using water makes a smoothie more like an icy than a smooth drink. If you made one with water and one with milk, you could definitely tell the difference. I have bought coconut water and mixed it half/half with almond milk before, and that worked great.
Choose your source of added protein. When using a smoothie as a meal replacement, I would highly recommend using a protein powder added to your smoothie. It will help the smoothie be more filling, and nutritious, and last you longer. You do have to consider what flavor of protein powder you get. You may start with one, and once you have been drinking smoothies for a while decide you would prefer something else. I started with chocolate protein powder early on, but over the years I have come to enjoy more varieties of fruits in my smoothies, so I prefer a vanilla, or non-flavored powder these days.
You can also add in other sources of protein like Greek Yogurt and/or Peanut Butter. I almost always add a tablespoon or two of Greek Yogurt to my smoothies. It adds to the smooth factor of the drink, plus adds more protein. I also have a go-to smoothie recipe that calls for Peanut Butter! (You will get that smoothie recipe in WEEK 2's post: "My Favorite Smoothie Recipes")
When buying fruits, I highly recommend buying FRESH! Although, I will admit that I do keep some frozen bags of fruit on hand, just so I always have fruits if I need a smoothie. Here's a list of some go-to fruits:
-Other Berries (blackberries, raspberries)
-Mango (these are the fruits that I usually buy in a frozen bag)
Remember, these fruits are for "general smoothies." I will be sharing some more gourmet style smoothie recipes in Week 4's post: "Smoothie Recipes from Fitness Bloggers." For now though, we are just building a base for smoothie making in our kitchen, so these will do.
YOUR NUTRITIOUS ADDITIVES:
For now I will keep this brief, since WEEK 3's post is: "Way's to Make Your Smoothie More Nutritious," but you may want to grab some of these items as well:
-Spinach leaves, or any greens...I use mixed greens and sometimes kale
Once you get all of these goodies home, take time to wash your fruit, and put them in containers that you will put in the freezer. For strawberries, take the stem off. For large fruits like pineapple or mangos, cut into small cubes. For bananas, peel and cut in half. I have found over my years of smoothie making that using frozen fruit is so much better! It makes it where I never even use ice anymore. Plus the frozen fruit makes it nice and frothy, in a wonderful and yummy way!
Alright, so now that you know the facts about everything, it's time to head to the grocery store! Then come back next week to get the recipe for MY FAVORITE SMOOTHIES!
Oh, and don't forget...you will need a blender!