I know for a fact that I am not alone when I say that I hate dieting. It’s never worked for me, because guess what…I LOVE FOOD. I’d rather work out all day, every day than give up pasta and ice cream.
So, let me preface this by saying that I didn’t do this “cleanse” for dieting purposes. I did it for a couple of other reasons:
- I was having the worst acid reflux of my life and NEEDED a solution.
- I felt tired and simply felt like crap because of what I was eating (crap).
- I needed more fruits and veggies in my diet. Don’t we all?
Anyway, let’s get to the nitty gritty. I am absolutely obsessed with these 6 smoothie ingredients. I am full for at least 3 hours after finishing one, and it is SOOO delicious. Best of all, it’s almost totally alkaline, so no acid reflux for Kari! I replaced 2 meals a day with smoothies for a week, and felt like a new person after the week was over…no joke. Now, I drink one every morning for breakfast!
This recipe is my favorite, but there’s an endless amount of ingredients out there in addition to supplements so that you can tailor your smoothie to your exact diet/health needs.
Bookmark this post, head to the grocery store, and you have your grocery list, below! Also, if you know anyone who might be interested in hopping on the smoothie train, please share!!
With that…let’s get our smoothie on!!!
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- Frozen strawberries
- Frozen blueberries
- Frozen raspberries
- Bananas (fresh or frozen)
- Almond milk (vanilla or unflavored)
- Collagen protein powder
- Chia seeds
- Rolled oats
- Optional: leafy greens like spinach
- Optional: cinnamon or vanilla extract
1. Frozen fruits
My favorites are strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries. I love buying frozen fruit because I never eat fresh fruit in time and always feel guilty throwing it away. It also makes your smoothie nice and cold without having to add ice. “But, Kari, I thought berries were acidic!” Do not fear…adding non-dairy milk products like almond milk neutralizes the acid in the berries. Who knew?
2. Fresh fruits
My favorite fresh fruit to use is bananas! Bananas are yummy, SO good for you, and thicken up your smoothie so it is nice and creamy. Melons are also nice to add for some flavor, and they are super alkaline.
3. Almond milk
This was a hard one for me to buy. I hate milk. Like, absolutely HATE milk. I’d never tried soy milk or almond milk, but after figuring out that almond milk neutralizes the acid in berries (which is basically my favorite part of the smoothie, AKA not optional) I was willing to try it out.
I’m not about to drink a cup of it plain by any means, but it is reaaaally delicious in these smoothies. The vanilla flavor is super subtle and it really thickens up your smoothie!
4. Collagen protein powder
TBH, I used to think that protein powder was for before/after workouts. But after getting the recommendation from my roommate Whitney, I’m SO glad that I’ve added this to my regular smoothie recipe. The fact that it has collagen for healthy skin, hair, and nails is just an added plus. I’m totally obsessed with this stuff. It is unflavored but adds some more creaminess to your smoothie! Plus, I feel better about getting some protein into my diet, since I don’t eat a ton of meat.
Invite Health is a really great online vitamin store where you can get similar products to this– their selection of vitamins and health supplements is huge. They have powders for all dietary/health concerns: women’s health, anti-aging, cholesterol, stress/sleep, vision, the list goes on and on! The possibilities are seriously endless when it comes to supplement powders for your smoothies! Check out the options here: Shop Invite Health Vitamins (PS. If you give them your email, it’s buy-one get-one free! Plus, free shipping!)
5. Superfood seeds
I use a decent amount of Flaxseed and Chia Seeds, and they are SUPER filling because they’re high in protein. They also add a teeny bit of a crunch to your smoothie if you’re into that. You can barely taste these seeds, so it’s great added nutrition without totally altering your flavor.
Another cool alternative to seeds or powders (if the consistency of these isn’t your thing) is herbal / botanical liquid extracts, which are basically like liquid vitamins with different benefits (like ginger root for digestive support). They’re super inexpensive, and (fun fact) they work faster and more effectively than most other forms of supplements or vitamins! Check out Botanic Choice for a huge selection here: Drink your vitamins! Get healthy with Liquid Extracts from Botanic Choice.
6. Rolled oats
These are optional (and totally underrated TBH), but I definitely recommend. They literally make it taste like you are drinking a berry muffin. They’re high in protein and also help thicken up your smoothie a bit so it is even more satisfying.
Toss it all in and blend it up! I have a Magic Bullet (yes, it’s the same one that I asked for as a birthday present in high school…) which is actual magic. It only takes about 30 seconds to blend completely! Here is another great option for a blender:
Ginsu Everyday Blender: this Ginsu blender is a similar bullet blender, and I love that everything is dishwasher safe and comes with a top to drink your smoothies on the go! Buy Now and get free shipping!!
Again, if you liked this post/recipe, please share with loved ones or on social media! And, let me know if you love these smoothies as much as I do 🙂
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