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In my opinon there are two HUGE things that can make your smoothie work against you and we have all probably done it recently. 

1- Using too much fruit. Fruit is yummy and so good for you but too much can quickly turn your healthy shake into a candy bar. 

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2. Overfilling your blender with too many ingredients. In today’s world, we are consistently being sold  bigger is better and honestly, this is just not true even with healthy food. There is no reason to put so many ingredients in your blender that the lid BLOWS off. YES, we have all done it, admit it.  The two biggest reasons we should be keeping our ingredients size in balance are A- our bodies cannot digest all that food at one time. You will end up with the bloats and a gassy tummy.  B- You flat out don’t need 2 apples, a head of celery,  3 scoops of protein powder ( etc you get my drift ) to make a healthy meal. Experiment with your ingredients and see how you feel.  Be mindful of what you put in and you should be OK. BE logical and do not try to achieve a weeks worth of nutrition into one smoothie.

I usually start my smoothie with some sort of base. I either use Shakeology or a Pea Protein Powder.  If I am not using the smoothie as a meal replacement I just use a little almond milk as my base.

Next, I add in about 1 cup of frozen fruit. I always freeze my leftover 

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fresh fruit, no fruit ever goes to waste at my house 🙂 The rest of the smoothie is really according to my taste buds or what I have on hand. Some of the things I add in are:
Hemp Seeds ( excellent source of healthy fats )
Chia Seeds ( good fiber and magnesium )
Maca Powder ( excellent hormone balancer )
Frozen Cauliflower ( Adds nutrition without messing with the taste )
Baobab ( high in vitamin c and much more )
Collagen ( Great for skin and joint issues )

Lastly, if I am feeling I want some extra fat and protein I add in 1 tablespoon of natural peanut butter.  

Note: I do not ever need to add ice ( which is useless flavor ) because I have the frozen fruit or frozen cauliflower to make it thick.

 

Smoothies are a fab way to get some nutrition into your body when it needs quick fuel.  They are tasty and can be made quickly and affordable. Just be smart and pay attention to what you put in and how much you put in. 

The average SMALL Jamba Juice is over 300 calories!!!!!

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