Smoothie time! I’m a big believer in the power of smoothies to cram nutrients into our diets. They are a great way to pack a lot of whole food nutrition into one meal and they’re exceptionally good for people who are often too busy to cook.
I typically use a blend of various powders to get the best nutrient balance in my smoothies.
Here are my favorites:
This smoothie has a scoop of all three powders, a cup of kale, a cup of strawberries, and 1/4 cup walnuts.
Kale contains fiber, antioxidants, calcium, vitamins C and K, iron, and a wide range of other nutrients that can help prevent various health problems. Antioxidants help the body remove unwanted toxins that result from natural processes and environmental pressures.
Strawberries are an excellent source of vitamin C and manganese and also contain decent amounts of folate (vitamin B9) and potassium. Strawberries are very rich in antioxidants and plant compounds, which may have benefits for heart health.
Like all nuts, walnuts contain good fats, such as monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats (PUFAs), but they are also a valuable vegetarian source of the essential fatty acid omega-3. They also contain iron, selenium, calcium, zinc, vitamin E and some B vitamins.
When adding produce to my smoothies I always blanch them first to make sure there are no contaminants lurking about. Also, it’s important to note that the entire strawberry is edible. Don’t chop off the tops!