Many of you know that I generally start my mornings with a delicious Smoothie and I have had many requests for my favorite Smoothie ingredients.
In response to all the requests I have put together a list of the various ingredients that I use over the course of a year depending on where I am in the world, the season of the year, and depending on the availability of the ingredients.
Please feel free to combine the ingredients to suit your individual taste. When you first start making smoothies, forget the calories and make a Smoothie that has a delicious (“I want more”) taste. Choose ingredients that you can afford, that are easily available and that suit your taste.
With those cautions in mind, here the key groups of ingredients that I use. I usually try to combine small amounts of approximately 10 different fruits and veggies in my Smoothie from the groups listed below:
- Berries [strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries or any berries that you like]. Frozen mixed berries are ok.
- Fruits and vegetables [apples*, bananas**, pineapples, oranges, mango, melon, kiwi fruit, cucumbers, sweet peppers, carrots, beets, or any fruit or vegetables of your choice].
*Do not use Apple seeds in your Smoothie as these seeds may contain a tiny amount of the chemical ‘cyanide’
**Bananas should be ripe. Some of the chemicals in the skin of green bananas can cause allergic-type reactions.
- Seeds and nuts: these include Golden flaxseed, Chia seed, pumpkin seeds, almonds, walnuts, or any clean raw(uncooked) seeds and nuts of your choice
- Leafy Greens [favorites in this group are Spinach, Kale, Cabbage, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, Celery or any leafy greens of your choice]
- Flavors for your Smoothie: I like to add a little cinnamon to my Smoothie to help control my blood sugar. I also add a dash of fresh nutmeg for its tropical flavor.
Other questions that my patients ask me. Please see the Q & A section of this website for more information on smoothies: