I admit it — I’m a smoothie addict. I’ve been drinking smoothies almost every single day for well over five years, and I just seem to keep loving them more all the time. They’re so nutritious that after having a blender-full for breakfast, I usually only eat one other light meal towards the end of the day.
I base my smoothies on spiritual nutrition guidelines, inspired in part by Gabriel Cousens and Brian Clement, in part by vegan triathlete Brendan Brazier, and most of all on my own body’s responses.
- quick to make;
- packed with fresh nutrients;
- and a light, uplifting meal.
Everyone I know who is a smoothie lover has their own ways of making them. I’ll tell you what I do, and I’d love to hear your ideas in the comments.
I always include some kind of protein source, usually a mix of one or more protein powders (pea, hemp, rice or pumpkin seed protein), some chia seed (healthier than flax!) and/or bee pollen. Some people have allergies to bee pollen, so use with caution.
On top of that I add some superfoods: raw cacao, maca and either spirulina or chlorella. Sometimes I throw in a little kelp powder too, or maybe some hemp hearts.
Then there’s the fruit mix. I almost always add an apple, then usually blueberries, strawberries and other frozen berries, and sometimes papaya, durian, or jackfruit. And I often add baby spinach leaves in as well.
How I make each day’s smoothie is up to my body. I’ll consider each ingredient, and feel for my body’s response. If I get a sense of “mmm!” then the ingredient goes in, if I get a “meh” or a “nah” then it doesn’t. There’s a bit of mental figuring as well based on experience of which ingredients go well together, but mainly it’s an intuitive process.
For me the most important thing is that my foods are enjoyable both to make and to eat, and leave me feeling great. A smoothie is my perfect source of spiritual nutrition.