As we head into the summer months, more and more people are looking for ways to “get healthy” quick – in order to have more energy, lose weight, and of course fit back into last year’s bathing suit. We have a sure fire way to add some healthy to your day – smoothies! And this summer, we’re challenging you to a 7-Day Smoothie Challenge.
What’s the Smoothie Challenge?
It’s super easy – simply replace your breakfast for the next 7 days with a healthy breakfast smoothie. You’ll just need a few groceries to ensure you have everything on hand to make delicious, plant-based smoothies for the next week.
Why a Smoothie Challenge?
There are a few reasons to consider a 7-day breakfast smoothie challenge:
- Replace unhealthy breakfast options with a healthy smoothie.
- Start your day off with a ton of nutrients.
- Find an easy way to introduce more fruit and vegetables to your diet.
- Increase energy by starting the day with all the nutrients your body needs.
- Cut calories – with the right ingredients you can make low-calorie, satisfying smoothies.
New Blender Needed?
Depending on the type of blender and the types of smoothies you would like to make, possibly. Most average blenders have difficulty with really hard or fibrous foods – such as frozen fruit, greens, ice, carrots, etc. If you want a “smooth” smoothie then you might want to invest in a better machine.
Great Smoothie Ideas
A healthy smoothie should consist of roughly 60% fruit, 40% raw greens and veggies, and some liquid to pull it all together. You can find great recipes online, or follow this “mix ‘n match” technique by choosing 1-2 items from each column:
Smoothie Tips for Success
Probably the most common issue with making smoothies is creating a behemoth smoothie that introduces way too many calories. You can avoid this by beginning with just a few ingredients (1/4 cup fruit, ¼-1/2 cup veggies, 1 tbsp protein/extra, 1 cup milk) and add water if your smoothie is too thick, then freeze the excess in ice cube trays to add to your next smoothie. Also, try to balance sweetness as a sweeter smoothie is going to have more of an effect on your blood sugar, which means a possible “crash” around lunch time or early afternoon. The more sweet a smoothie is, the more fiber it should have to help slow down digestion and keep your body evenly fuelled. Let us know how it goes for you! Tag us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook so we can see your smoothie creations.
This recipe is a great introduction to green smoothies. Since the spinach taste is virtually masked by the banana and Plant-Protein Powder, you’ll never know it’s there (aside from the green color!) but you’ll get all of the benefits of eating extra greens. Serves 1 1 scoop vanilla Plant-Protein Powder 1 cup almond milk 1 handful spinach 1 frozen banana 1 TB almond butter Blend and enjoy!