Lately, I have begun adding a green super food powder to my smoothies. This instantly increases how filling they are, without altering the taste too much. I'm using Amazing Grass brand Berry Green Superfood - it's mostly organic, vegan, and contains not only nutrients but antioxidants, probiotics and enzymes. Here's the nutritional breakdown (from the website):
And since the nutrients are all from whole food ingredients, and the enzymes are living, your body will absorb them better. It's better than a multivitamin in this respect.
One scoop in my smoothie, and I don't really notice a taste or texture difference, only that the color of the smoothie is always a dark green. Here's one I've been eating (drinking) a bit lately. No picture because I couldn't get the dark green color to look pretty :)
Green Fruit Smoothie
- 1 banana, sliced
- 10 frozen blueberries
- 2 frozen raspberries
- 2 frozen blackberries
- 1 cup loosely packed baby spinach
- 1 tablespoon walnuts
- 1 scoop superfood powder (optional)
- 1 cup vanilla soymilk
- Use any sort of frozen fruit in place of the berries. Using frozen fruit ensures you don't have to add any ice or thickeners like yogurt.
- Use kale in place of the spinach.
- Use almonds or cashews instead of the walnuts.
- Try a fruit juice instead of the soymilk.
- Do not replace the banana - it makes the greens, powder and nuts blend smoothly so you don't get a powdery end result.