Having a smoothie to start off the day is the perfect way to give your body its essential vitamins and get you ready to hit the slopes and trails. Garden favorites such as berries and kale, along with almonds, bananas and local honey, provide a great base for your morning pick-me-up. But consider these healthy smoothie hints and additions, offered up by Whole Foods Market, to spice up the flavor or give you what your body is lacking. As always, consult your physician before making any major changes to your diet.
- For weight loss, measure your ingredients. Also, try low-calorie foods that are high in fiber to keep you feeling full.
- Use fruits, not sugar, for additional sweetness.
- Skip the processed protein powders. Try nut butters, flaxseed or tofu.
- Try a coffee and almond milk smoothie for your caffeine fix.
Additions to Consider
- Flaxseeds – This almost tasteless addition contains both soluble and insoluble fiber, as well as essential omega-3 fatty acids.
- Gogi – This slightly tart, Himalayan superfood is packed with potassium, vitamin A, and antioxidants.
- Maca Powder – Native to the Andean Mountains, this superfood is a great source of energy.
- Bee Pollen – Bee pollen is high in protein and vitamins, including the immunity-building B12.
- Spirulina – This blue-green algae is high in chlorophyll, has 26 times more calcium than milk, and is a great source of iron and protein.
- Raw Cacao – Containing the highest antioxidant content of any food, this addition also turns any smoothie into a healthy milkshake.
- Dates & Coconut Sugar – Both dates and coconut sugar are great sugar alternatives to sweeten your smoothie.
For those of us also interested in adult mixtures, our friend Mark Plants, owner of BackDrop Distilling offers this concoction for your aprés-ski evening.
BackDrop Peppermint Cafe
1 1/2 oz Coffee Liquor
1 oz Irish Cream
1/2 oz Peppermint Schnapps
2 oz BackDrop Vodka
2 oz Coffee
- In a large glass pour ingredients in order.
- Top with whipped cream.
- Garnish with chocolate shavings.