Things are getting pretty intense over at NTA and I’m really loving it. I don’t really LOVE the intensity of it sometimes, just because life tends to get in the way. I do love the information we are learning though. The body really can be astounding when we take care of it!
Anyway, I finally convinced Mr. Right that we NEED 😉 to upgrade our blender. We’ve been using a Ninja for a few years and honestly, it was great. It made some pretty happy smoothies. We’ve been tossing around the idea of investing in a Vitamix or Blendtec for some time now and this past week, we finally made our decision.
After a lot of back and forth, we decided on a Blendtec. I’m pretty sure we would’ve been happy with either one as they are both amazing blenders, but a couple things won us over on the Blendtec. For example, our Blendtec fits under the counter nicely which allows me to leave it out and taunt me if I don’t use it. We were also planning to get it from Bed Bath and Beyond (since we had a gift card) and those glorious 20% off coupons excluded Vitamix. No they aren’t great reasons, but that’s really all I had because like I said, both are great blenders. And now that we have the Blendtec, I LOVE it!!
I feel like it’s necessary to also purchase a new smoothie book when investing in a new blender, or at least that’s what I told myself. This is the one I chose. (Not an affiliate link). I’ve been looking at their website for a while and testing out different recipes. They’ve all been amazing. (With the exception of one, which wasn’t their fault. I made it yesterday in an attempt to bring avocados into my life. I haven’t had any success because they’re just not my thing, so I thought if I put it in a smoothie, then I can snag all those glorious health benefits! Nope. Still gross to me.)
Since going through this book though, I loved how they added a section on how to make a smoothie into a meal. Smoothies can be really convenient ways to get a super nutritious meal in a snap, when it’s done right. When you first think of a smoothie, you probably think “lots of fruit, 1-2 veggies maybe, and some kind of liquid”. Well that’s most definitely not a meal, and truthfully not even a good snack, depending on what liquid is used. If you use water or a fruit juice, that’s a very sugar-heavy smoothie and won’t keep you feeling full for very long. It’s so important to have meals and snacks that are balanced with carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. Ideally, for the average person, each meal and snack should consist of about 40% unrefined, mostly complex carbohydrates, 30% high quality proteins, and 30% good quality fats.
Better base liquids would be full fat coconut milk, unsweetened almond milk, whole milk, coconut water. The milks are good sources of fat for a smoothie and the coconut water provides extra electrolytes.
So what are some good sources for adding fat to a smoothie?
-Coconut oil, avocado, nuts and nut butters, flaxseed oil (store this in the refrigerator and NEVER cook with it)
And good sources of protein for a smoothie:
-Chia seeds, hemp hearts (these are my favorite with their mild nutty flavor and they add a bit of crunch), ground flaxseeds (I keep this in the freezer to help keep it from going rancid, or you can buy whole flaxseeds and grind up smaller portions at a time with a good coffee grinder), and again, nuts and nut butters.
These are not exhaustive lists, but should give some ideas if you’re wanting to make a great meal that works with your schedule and can be taken on the go. You can even save yourself some time by making up smoothie packs and keeping them in the freezer. Then when it’s time to blend, grab a pack, then add in the extras like the liquid, and additional fat/protein sources. *Be kind to your blender by letting the frozen items thaw on the counter for a good 30 minutes. Your smoothie will turn out perfectly ice cold and creamy without needing to add ice!