3 Quick Tips for Smart Smoothies

For as long as I can remember, my mom would give me tablets to take just before bed as a little girl. I looked forward to it because I’d get to take them with my favourite beverage which was always a fresh glass of mango juice. As I grew older I got used to supplementing myself with what was seasonally appropriate; either Vitamin D and fish oil in the winter, and vitamins B and E in the summer.

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Fast forward some 20 odd years and as I’ve gotten older and my routine has changed considerably from playing outside with my friends for four hours, jumping rope and riding bikes, I have to pay attention to what I put in my body and question everything.

Smoothies have been a solid staple in my life for the past five years and I find them the easiest way to incorporate all the vitamins and minerals I don’t get in my regular diet. After experimenting with several kinds of protein I wanted to find something that didn’t make me feel bloated or stuffed. Enter my hunt for the perfect quick dump and go. (Dump protein in shake and go!)

These are 3 tips for what I like to call ‘Smart Smoothies’

Last year I sat down with a nutritionist to work on getting more iron and protein sources in my daily diet and so I’ve been using Manitoba Harvest’s Hemp hearts in almost anything and everything. I throw it in soups, salads, smoothies, and sometimes even in a yogurt cup.

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The other great find was the Genuine Health gut superfoods that come with plant-based prebiotics. I liked this because it was easier on the stomach than a tub of yogurt and lighter than even a lactose-free version. Better yet, they are dairy-free, gluten-free, soy-free and vegan! I’m not a vegan just yet but I know several friends who are and I like to this of this as an option they’d love as well.

And the last, is the Manitoba Harvest Hemp Pro 70, all of which you can get at your local grocery. With 20g of protein, I’m able to get the equivalent amount of a good piece of steak or fish in terms of protein sources.

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Here is a recipe for one of the Smart Smoothies that have come to be my new staple:

1 cup chopped kale

1.5 cups of your choice of milk. I use an almond and cashew blend

1 teaspoon organic honey

1 tbsp GH gut superfood powder

2 tbsp Hemp hearts

1 tbsp Hemp Pro

½ cup of fruit ( I like to use mango for sweetness) but you can also use frozen berries.