how to be your own smoothie bar

You probably know by now how much I love smoothies. It’s so easy to make your own smoothies once you know what to do, so I put together this little guide on how to be your own smoothie bar!


Blenders

I have only used vitamix blenders, and I’ve been really happy with them. I’ve heard that people love Blendtec, too. The most important thing is to have a high-speed blender.


Must-Haves

Stocking your pantry, fridge, and freezer with these items will help you keep a fully stocked smoothie bar in your kitchen!


Nut Milks

I stay away from cow’s milk. Occasionally I’ll drink goat’s milk, but in my smoothies I always use nut milks. You might find a brand you really like at the store, but I like to make my own so I know it’s high quality and free from preservatives and chemicals. Check out my almond milk blog, and the two quick nut milk recipes at the bottom of this post.


Proteins

Adding a protein powder into your smoothie is a great way to boost the nutritional content. Take a look at the ingredients and make sure you’re getting what you need. You can choose paleo or vegan options. I love using collagen powder, SunWarrior’s brown rice protein, and Ancient Grains Vanilla Bone Broth Protein. There are also pea proteins, hemp proteins, and so many more. I always like to try the new protein powders that come out. See what works for you!


Basic Smoothie Recipe

1 ½ cups milk of choice

1 ½ cups mixed frozen veggies and fruit

a handful of greens

1 scoop protein powder

1 teaspoon cinnamon

2 tablespoons fat of choice (nut butter, coconut oil, mct oil, coconut butter, avocado, nuts or seeds)

Add in your favorite superfoods!


Hemp-Coconut Milk

Blend together: 4 cups water, a pinch of salt, ¼ cup hemp seeds, and ¼ cup dried coconut


Quick Nut Milk

Blend together:  ¼ cup nut butter, 4 cups water, and a pinch of salt


 

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