A while back I wrote an article called Easy, Healthy Smoothies in which I shared some of my favorite smoothie recipes from around the web. I also shared my own go-to formula for making smoothies foraging for items I already have on hand. The formula is pretty simple:
- one soft fruit/vegetable (banana, avocado, pureed carrots)
- two handfuls of fresh fruit (berries, peaches, mango, pineapple, cherries)
- one handful of dark greens (spinach, kale, chard, collard greens)
- 2-4 T of protein powder
- 2-4 T of a binding ingredient (yogurt, nut butter, oats, flax or chia seeds)
- 1-2 cups of liquid, depending on how thick or thin you want it (milk, juice, coffee, tea, water)
- Flavor enhancers (cinnamon, nutmeg, honey, agave nectar, extracts, cocoa powder)
I’ve had a couple of people write to me asking where to find some of the ingredients since, depending on where you live, they aren’t always easy to find. So, I’m sharing some of my favorites that you can order online and have delivered straight to your door. (The links to the products are affiliate links, which means I will receive a small commission on any items purchased.)
Aria Protein Vanilla Powder
DESIGNER WHEY – Aria Women’s Protein Vanilla-12 oz Powder – $10.99, Free shipping – Available at Puritans Pride
This is a great low-calorie protein option that is also a good source of fiber, calcium, folic acid, and Vitamin D. I like the vanilla flavor because it blends well in almost any smoothie.
Orgain Organic Protein Plant Based Powder Sweet Vanilla Bean
Orgain – Orgain Organic Protein Plant Based Powder Sweet Vanilla Bean 2.05 lbs – Vegan – $29.99, See Site shipping – Available at LuckyVitamin.com
If you’re willing to spend a little more for organic products, this protein powder is a great choice.
Betty Lou’s Peanut Butter
Betty Lou’s – Just Great Stuff Organic Powdered Peanut Butter 6.43 oz – $8.49, See Site shipping – Available at LuckyVitamin.com
The great thing about this powedered peanut butter is that it contains 90% less fat than traditional peanut butter! I love this for getting the flavor without the added fat.
Justin – ‘s Natural Almond Butter Honey 16 oz
If you drink a lot of smoothies, it can get boring if you keep using the same basic ingredients. Every once in awhile, I like to switch things up and try a different nut butter. Almond butter has a much different taste than peanut butter and the added honey in this one means you have a built-in flavor enhancer.
Navitas Naturals Organic Raw Chia Seeds
Navitas Naturals – Organic Raw Chia Seeds 16 oz – Vegan – $12.74, See Site shipping – Available at LuckyVitamin.com
Chia seeds are all the rage now as the newest superfood. Chock full of antioxidants and omega-3s, they really are a powerhouse. Despite their popularity, they are still sometimes hard to find.
Spectrum Organics Flax Seed
Spectrum Organics – ESEENTIALS Organic Ground Essential Flax Seed 14 OZ – $4.98, See Site shipping – Available at LuckyVitamin.com
Flax seed goes stale fairly quickly once it is ground so I hate spending a lot of money on it. This one is priced VERY reasonably (less expensive than any at my local grocery stores). If you store it sealed in the refrigerator it should stay fresh a few weeks.
Ninja Master Prep Professional Blender
Ninja – Ninja XL Master Prep Black 1000 Watt Professional Blender – $99.99, See Site shipping – Available at Overstock.com
Because my family consists of smoothie fanatics, we use our blenders a lot. After going through 2 of the “affordable” blenders ($20-30), we finally decided to invest in a heavy duty blender.
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