Thursday, January 5, 2012

What's in your smoothie?

About a year ago, we did a month long elimination diet that was recommended by our doctor and nutritionist. It was a great way to get our bodies "reset" and eliminate inflammatory foods and their effects from our systems.  The great thing about it was that it helped identify food intolerance when we introduced stuff back in to our diet.

During that time, we had smoothies every morning, and that habit has kind of stuck.  I make smoothies 6 or 7 mornings a week and have found it to be an awesome way to start the day with several servings of both fruits and vegetables, as well as some protein. Good thing is that our boys love them too.  It also prompted the eventual replacement of our blender with a Vitamix 5200C which is awesome.  I could probably make a rock smoothie with it.

Anyway, our current blend is organic apple juice, almond milk, banana, organic frozen peaches and blueberries, carrots, spinach or kale, rice protein (vanilla), and a probiotic powder.  Sometimes I change up the fruit, or add coconut milk also.  It really packs a punch and carries me through to lunch pretty well.

So... what's in your smoothie?  Always looking for ideas or to hear what others might be doing to get their days started off right.

And, if you haven't already, make sure you enter the Happy and Healthy 2012 contest here.  Contest runs to Sunday, and I'm looking forward to contacting the winners!


7 comments:

Robbie-Lynn said...

We did the same thing when we started our healthier life. My current smoothie is a cup of frozen fruit salad (strawberry, peach, grape, melon) some water, a couple handfuls of spinach and soy protein powder (vanilla). It great and quick. I sometimes add a tiny bit of xanthan gum to make it thicker. Too much makes it thick like pudding. I weaned myself off of the juice/milk I was putting in it because to drop the calories down. I often eat mine with a couple egg whites on the side.

pensive said...

I do like smoothies. One problem: I like mine to be creamy, and most people add bananas for that. I'm allergic to bananas. Any suggestions, smoothie man? ; )

Jeff Gallup said...

ICE CREAM! but, barring that, maybe more almond or coconut milk.. the coconut is pretty rich though. if its a texture thing, might try the xanthan or guar guam noted above :-)

Mamarunsbarefoot said...

I use coconut milk, banana, peanut butter and chia seeds

Stan said...

i've never heard about the elimination diet...sounds interesting...hmm. reading this makes me want to go to Booster Juice...or get a vitamix 5200c. thanks for posting Jeff.

Jeff Gallup said...

Ah... chia seeds! Why didn't I think of that... we have them. Going to put some in our smoothies tomorrow!

Lisa V said...

almond milk, spinach, carrots, cucumbers, celery (not too much, the flavor is strong), and frozen fruit. Sometimes I add natural peanut butter and an assortment of other vegetables like red/green cabbage, green beans, or whatever is in the fridge....it's so filling and great for a run (before, during and after)