The Fountain of Youth is filled with smoothies
So many people want to jump on the blended band wagon, but they think it's a ton of work. As a self-proclaimed loafer, I guarantee there's little to no work involved (hello, I'm the same person that's too lazy to go back in the shower and shave the leg I forgot about).
I make a homemade smoothie every day (with no measuring), plus ones for my kids and friends and family -- and people think it's hard, which totally impresses them. Seriously, I make something with kale taste awesome and people react as if I've pulled a soufflé out of a hat. (I can make that comparison because I once did just that. I'm kidding. I'm too lazy to make a soufflé.)
Here are my best tips to make easy, healthy, and yummy anti-aging smoothies so you can make your own smoothies based on the foods YOU like and what YOU need beauty and anti-aging wise.
Tips 1: Buy frozen fruit, or freeze any fruit or veggies you don't finish (bananas, melons, pineapples, spinach etc. You'll never throw that stuff away again and freezing means no ice needs to be added, which makes for a tastier smoothie).
Tip 2: You don't really need to measure. My smoothies have 3 equal parts (plus a base liquid and as many teaspoons as oomph as you want). I go with 3 parts a base liquid and an extra oomph. My parts = a handful, though yours can be a cup, a basket, a shovel.
Tip 3: Everyone could use some extra oomph. I try to add an extra oomph to each smoothie. That’s a dash, tsp, or tbsp. of ground or powdered super fruit or protein (flax seed, hemp, or chia are the easiest, but there are a bunch on the list). Buy them in powders, or seeds, and you can add a teaspoon of this or that or all of them, if you're a total overachiever.
Tip 4: Mix it up. Everything below contains antioxidants - like, Vitamins A, C, E, B, K Polyphenols, etc… They fight free radicals (the cells that age you and cause disease) and do a ton of other things that keep your skin a-glow and your body healthy.
Tip 5: Make sure it tastes good. What’s the point of making a smoothie if you’re not going to like it? If you like it sweet, add 2 parts fruit. If you don’t mind the veggies, go with at least 2 parts veggies (or even 3 if you feel adventurous).
Ingredients: Pick your favorites and blend!
Fruit: Commonly packed with antioxidants, Vitamin C, beta-carotene, potassium (I could go on and on), fruit helps make the smoothies sweet and helps the body detox and keep hydrated. Your skin will thank you!
Suggestions: Apples, avocados, bananas, blackberries, blueberries, mangos, oranges pears, pineapples, pomegranates, raspberries and strawberries.
Veggies: Leafy greens and colorful veggies contain nutrients like calcium, iron and phytonutrients (plant-based) that help healing, cell regeneration and your immune system. Popeye and your mom were right – these will keep you strong and healthy.
Suggestions: Carrots, celery, cucumber, kale (The Super veggie: Does it ALL), spinach, Swiss chard.
Base Liquid: These are exciting because you can sneak in even more nutrients to help you look and feel great:
- Creamy: Milk, soy milk and almond milk are the most obvious base liquids that provide protein, B vitamins and fatty acids that make you feel full and keep bones, skin and hair healthy. Non-obvious choices are yogurt and kefir to add probiotics for better digestion and a tangy flavor.
- Non-creamy: Water and ice are the simplest ingredients and don’t add any unnecessary calories. Coconut water is great for anti-aging - it regulates cell growth, balances pH and gives skin a glow. Stay away from juices that are packed with sugar.
Extra OOMPH: This is the fun part. Throw in extras that will help everything from added fiber, protein and our favorite: antioxidants!
Suggestions: Acai, cacao, camu, chia (omega 3), coconut oil, dark chocolate, flax seed (protein +fiber), ginger, gogi berry (stamina), green tea (matcha powder), hemp seeds (reduces inflammation), maca, mulberries (reservatrol), nuts (any) and wheat germ.
Feel free to print this out and share with friends who make smoothies. Don’t be nervous about making smoothies with veggies - start slow and add as needed (here are some recipes to help you along). I promise it is so much easier than you would imagine ...as for my next lesson, it will be how to pull a soufflé from your hat.