Smoothies are a delicious way to funnel nutrition straight into your body. If you struggle to think of ingredients to put in your smoothie or maybe you tend to over do it with your smoothies, my Jenna’s High Five Smoothie gives you a nutrient packed road map each and every smoothie-making time.
Why do I call it Jenna’s High Five Smoothie? I’m glad you asked!
- 5 ingredients
- 5 minutes to make
- Under $5
- It tastes so good you want to give High Fives. Up top!
Here are the 5 ingredients in order of how to add them in the blender:
Let’s talk about these a little more.
- Liquid (8-16oz) – if your slim on calories, choose water or a low cal nut milk like cashew or almond or coconut. These are all under 35 calories per cup. 1c is 8oz. I like to put the liquid in first so the other ingredients don’t stick to the side.
- Fruit (1c) – I like to use frozen fruit in lieu of ice. It adds nutrition, sweetness without adding straight sugar, and smoothness. Chop up your bananas right before they’re too brown to eat and freeze for Smoothie ingredients. They are sweet and provide BIG flavor. Cantaloupe and honeydew melon are a great source of sweetness without adding a lot of flavor. Berries are good for the brain and are lower on sugar.
- Veggie (1c) – this is where I sneak in some greens. Usually spinach. It turns the Smoothie green but does not change the flavor. I use frozen because it lasts longer and I can get more in there. Again, it’s cold so I don’t have to add ice. Avoid bitter greens like collards and arugula. That will really affect the taste you were going for!
- Protein (1 scoop) – you can use whatever protein powder you want. Personally, I avoid protein with artificial flavors and sweeteners. I go for the organic, plant-based, while food option. It’s easier for the body to assimilate. These tend to be around the same price as the artificial competitors anyway.
- Booster – A booster is just any other ingredient to boost the nutritional content. Some examples would be: spirulina for added greens, chia seeds for extra omegas, flax for extra fiber, Juice Plus for added fruit and veggie content, vitamin B12 for added energy, the possibilities are endless.
Interesting Facts About Fruits and Veggies
Did you know the recommended amount of fruit and veggies daily is only 5 cups? Yeah! 2 cups of fruit and 3 cups of veggies.
Did you know that 9 out of 10 adults in the US do not eat the recommended 5 cups?
Did you know that 7 out of 10 of the leading causes of death are chronic diseases like cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and metabolic disease – associated with obesity. If you know someone with these diseases, help them fit more fruits and veggies into their day. Fruits and veggies are nature’s medicine.
Back to the Smoothie. Smoothies are a great way to get your first few servings of fruits and veggies for the day. I like to use the High Five method so I don’t add too many calories.
This keeps me in my serving size, calorie budget, and financial budget.