Since I started taking my smoothies to work, no day would go by without questions asked about my smoothie-snacks. I had lots of fun observing how different people reacted to different smoothies.
Usually there would be a genuine interest towards my unusual snacks. At times, however, I could read on my co-workers’ faces something like “How can you possibly eat it?!” Sometimes there was even no need of reading anything from the facial expressions – the person would ask that question loudly and clearly. I realized soon that if the smoothie had pinkish colors, questions were asked more freely and without attempts to hide emotions. However, if the color was closer to the color of the baby-diapers before it gets thrown away (this happens with some vegetable combinations), the reactions were getting funnier. What I found surprising is that even the green colors of my wonderful smoothies would not get as much understanding as one (smoothie-lover) would hope.
The truth is that you have such a freedom with your smoothies’ content that you can essentially make your smoothie look and taste exactly as you like. I actually never follow any smoothie recipes. I just keep a good selection of veggies and fruits (most of them frozen), so I can choose whatever I want for the particular smoothie I am making. I like freedom and I like variety, and this way I can make my smoothie in any way I want on that day.
Once you realize how tasty smoothies are, you will pay less attention to the color it gets, so you can start experimenting with your smoothies and have fun with it. In the photo above I show four different types of smoothies that I made earlier today – all of them tasting wonderfully. But since I don’t use any particular recipe, no two smoothies I make look exactly the same.
Up next is the list of ingredients that I usually have, to use in various proportions depending on what I feel like having on that particular day (Please note: I don’t use all these ingredients every day, I pick and choose what I want on that day).
These I usually keep in the freezer:
blackberries, blueberries, broccoli, cherries (sweet or sour), cranberries, kale, mango, peach, pineapple, raspberries, spinach, strawberries.
These I keep in the refrigerator or at room temperature:
apples (preferably Granny Smith), banana, beets, carrots, celery, cucumbers, dill, ginger, mint, parsley.
Periodically I get one of the following supplements to add to my smoothies:
powdered acai berry, camu camu, goji berries, spirulina, wheatgrass.
You can add honey or squeeze few drops of lemon or lime to your smoothie to adjust the taste.
I usually make my smoothies with almond milk or yogurt. You can make your smoothies as dense as you like. I personally make it on a more dense side, so I eat it with spoon.
And lastly, I make a conscious decision to add as many veggies as possible, keeping in mind of course that I should still enjoy my smoothie!
You see the possibilities with smoothies are endless. Experiment and find what options you like the most. This will make your eating habits much healthier.