How to make a perfect smoothie / juice
I have recently become obsessed with smoothies and juices, I drink 2 each day, it simplified my life and I’m feeling so much better.
Why? First because I get my daily dose of fruits and veggies, perfect sources of vitamins and antioxidants, and second because it allows me to get them in a very easily absorbed form. Here’s the thing, I don’t really chew my food, when I eat I swallow it up (nothing sexual…), it all goes down quickly (no sexual reference on this either…) and I don’t take the time to chew my foods correctly. My bad. The result though is that it affects my digestion negatively. In my world, bag digestion usually equals to bad skin and breakouts and raw food gets me bloated like a balloon on the fourth of July. No thank you. Yet when raw veggies and fruits are in a liquid form, it makes a huge difference. My body doesn’t need to do the work of breaking them down in smaller pieces, and can just enjoy absorbing all the goodies that they provide.
Yet again, making a yummy juice isn’t that straight forward. I have mixed stuff that tasted disgusted together. I’ve had my share of hit and miss, hence this post, as I have figured out a method to nail my smoothie / juice every single time.
I say smoothie / juice cause technically I “smoothie”. I use the Vitamix blender, it is really powerful and transform anything and everything into a liquid form. Which I enjoy very much because I end up with a juice while keeping all the nutrients and fibers in. No waste like you can have when juicing.
Enough bla bla bla, here’s how to always make a perfect smoothie:
1) Color coordinate
“Once a fashion stylist, always a fashion stylist” and I push it to foods as well.
Always use fruits and veggies that belong to the same color category. I came to that conclusion when I mixed carrots and baby spinach together. The color of the smoothie was that kind of bird poop color, so delicious looking…, and the taste was a total miss.
So I usually make juices allow the following 3 colors:
In the green juice, mix the following ingredients:
- baby spinach
- romaine lettuce
- celery sticks
In the orange juice:
- pineapple (yes it yellow but it works with the orange group)
In the purple juice:
Apples and bananas are the exceptions to the rule as they fit well all 3 color categories 😉
2) Use the right balance of ingredients
Your perfect smoothie is broken down as follows:
- filtered water and ice cubes (1/2 cup each per serving)
- citrus base (1 lemon, lime or grapefruit)
- boosters (choose amongst ginger, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, flaxseeds, almonds)
- 2 main ingredients from the same color category (if you mix kale, spinach and lettuce, it counts as one “leafy greens” ingredient so feel free to add an apple, or an avo or a kiwi)
3) My favorite smoothie recipes:
- lemon, ginger, pumpskin seeds, leafy greens, green apple
- lemon, ginger, almonds, leafy greens, watercress
- grapefruit, chia seeds, blueberries, watermelon (this one is so yummy!!!!)
- lemon, ginger, flaxseeds, carrots, red apple
- lime, flaxseeds, banana, mango
Eat delicious, your skin will love you for it.
Thank you for stopping by, I hope this was helpful!