1. Sweeten your shake with soaked dates.
We love adding dates to smoothies (we love adding dates to anything, actually). Dates are low GI, naturally rich in minerals, and a great source of calcium, potassium, iron, beta-carotene, and Vitamin B3. There’s something about a soaked date that adds the perfect amount of sweetness and out of this world consistency to any smoothie. To soak, place 1-3 dates (or however many you want to soak), in filtered water for 10-15 minutes to soften. Warm water will soften the dates even faster. Freeze the leftover date soaked water in ice cube trays to add to your next smoothie. Add as many dates as you’d like to your smoothie (1-3 is usually good). Also, remove the date pit before blending.
2. Use fruit not just for taste, but for texture.
Sure we all love adding fruit to smoothies to make them taste great but frozen fruit also adds great texture. Avocado, frozen mango, and frozen banana all add an amazing creamy texture to smoothies you just can’t get with fresh fruit.
3. Add greens.
To amp up your smoothie power and boost nutrition stats sky high, add greens. Dark leafy greens are rich in calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, phosphorous, zinc, and vitamins A, C, E and K, protein, fiber, folic acid as well as many other micronutrients and phytochemicals. Try kale, spinach, chard, collards, spinach, romaine, mustard greens, dandelion, watercress etc.
4. Switch up the liquid base.
Instead of always using water or almond milk as the liquid base of your smoothies, try switching it up. Use raw coconut water or cold-pressed green juice to make your shake even more nutritious. Similar to the date soaked water above, freeze any leftover coconut water or green juice in ice cube trays to add to smoothies later.
5. Use toppers.
We eat every single smoothie in a bowl, with a spoon. We have an entire smoothie bowl tutorial in our Recipes for The Non-Chef eBook, but a bit of crunch totally takes any smoothie to the next level. Our favorite toppers are homemade granola, fresh fruit pieces, chia seeds, hemp seeds, goji berries, cacao nibs, bee pollen, and a mix of nuts and seeds.
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Cheers to high vibe food and kick-ass smoothies.
We adore you,
Erika & Jess
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