Trends in nutrition come and go, but detox smoothies are one superfood that is undoubtedly here for good. What with all the shiny new (and old) kitchen mixers to whip up a perfectly smooth, healthy drinkable meal — you can’t go wrong with a smoothie.
Which Smoothie Is Right For You?
If you look at your needs and lifestyle, you’ll be able to easily figure out which smoothies are right for you.
For instance, are you looking to down some extra vegetables? Or do you need a hydrating drink with an antioxidant boost, or a nourishing, creamy cozy drink with a straw?
Let’s look at a few options and you’ll surely find what suits you best.
Shiny Bright Equipment
There are so many fantastic gadgets and machines out there today, it’s hard to choose. I have a Vitamix, which I’ve had for eons, it seems, and it’s still going strong. I can pack it chock-full with fruit and ice and some water, and it’ll whip up the perfect, smoothest smoothie.
I also have a more recently purchased Thermomix — and same deal there. Smoothies with no lumps, stringy bits or irritating unprocessed frozen banana chunks.
An immersion hand blender could possibly work as well, but you probably won’t reach the creamy smoothness of a more strongly powered machine. Have a look at what’s on the market now, and investing in a decent machine might be the answer.
Besides making smoothies, I use my super versatile countertop blenders for preparing soups, popsicles, baby food, etc.
Refreshing Seasonal Detox Smoothies
Depending on which season it is and where you live, you can whip up an easy smoothie to accompany nearly every season. Even if you’re in a colder climate with snow — you can even continue to grow cold-hardy vegetables like kale. Kale can grow even under heavy snow (the kale just needs a bit of helping hands to shake off the excess snow).
If you’re in a warmer climate or a tropical area, the options are endless — from mango to papaya to passion fruit to raspberries to persimmon. You’ll surely find a combination that you’ll love and add to your best-of list.
Winter Cozy Smoothie
So if you’ve got kale, for instance, you can throw that into your countertop container, and then the options to accompany it abound.
If you’re in the mood for a thick, filling smoothie, try 3-4 leaves of kale (rinsed and patted dry), a sliced and diced green apple, half a banana, a couple of tablespoons of almond butter, and liquid (water or coconut water, for instance) for consistency.
If you like it a bit sweeter, add a tablespoon of honey. This is a thick and delicious smoothie to fill your belly and pack in the vitamins.
Summer Refreshing Smoothie
It’s hard to choose any one smoothie for the summer months, as there is such a wide variety of fruit available that the list is almost endless. In my household, we wait and see which fruits become overripe — sometimes bananas sit out for too long or no one eats the peaches.
Usually, I cut overripe fruit into chunks and freeze it flat to then toss in a freezer bag for eventual smoothies.
This is a great way to start off a smoothie because not only do you have ripe fruit ready to go, but you also have it nice and frozen. Your smoothie won’t require ice cubes and the frozen bananas (especially) make for a creamy smooth palatable drink.
Try keeping a smoothie simple with frozen banana and mango chunks, a spoonful of honey and coconut milk for consistency. This is so simple and so delicious — you can substitute pineapple for the mango and you’ll have a virgin piña colada!
Endless Glorious Detox Smoothies
Whatever you choose, have fun with it — and don’t go overboard. You might find if you start ingesting too many smoothies that you might suffer from slight digestive problems. Spring and summer are times to be outside enjoying the warmer weather, not inside in the bathroom!
Your kids or family members will love a smoothie as well, and leftovers can be kept in the fridge in a pitcher for up to a day. If my kids haven’t devoured the smoothie within a day, I pour the leftovers into popsicle molds and freeze them for an easy go-to snack.
For some really delicious unusual smoothies, have a look at this: Summer Green Smoothie Recipes. You’ll find scrumptious smoothie recipes like “Citrus Celebration” and “Tomato Twister.”
In the comments below, let us know what kinds of smoothies you love!