Berry Good Smoothie May 11, 2015 May 11 2015 Did you like the cheesy play on words? Does it sound like someone with an Indian accent saying “very good”? Because in my head it does and might as well name a smoothie something that makes you chuckle. So here it is. A smoothie. Not like a typical grab-and-go/coffee shop smoothie with vanilla frozen yogurt and lots of fruity syrup added in. That stuff is just sugar in a cup. My version of a smoothie uses whole fruits and vegetables, along with other filling ingredients to keep you satisfied! (Note: It’s important to use the whole fruit instead of syrup, since the fibre from the fruit helps to slow down the release of sugar in your bloodstream, so you’re not having a sugar high and then a crash). In addition to fruit and veggies, I also like to add in some good fat (e.g. almond butter), some more fibre (e.g. rolled oats), some protein (e.g. protein powder) and superfoods (e.g. hemp, chia) to balance out my smoothie and turn it into a breakfast. Why a smoothie? It’s quick to put together in the morning, an easy way to get in a lot of nutrients and fibre, it’s yummy, portable and gives you a boost of energy instead of having to turn to a cup of coffee! The ingredients below are a good place to start. Play around with the ingredients and how much water you want, based on your preference. And the better your blender, the better this will turn out! (I use a Blendtec). Berry Good Smoothie Serves: 1 Ingredients: 1/2 cup rolled oats 1 cup strawberries or blueberries 1/2 banana 3-4 ice cubes 1 cup water 1 cup spinach 1 Tbsp. almond butter (optional) 1 Tbsp. hemp or chia seeds (optional) 1 scoop protein powder (optional) About Alina I'm a Holistic Nutritionist based in Toronto, Canada and my official title is Certified Nutritional Practitioner (CNP). I received my diploma in Applied Holistic Nutrition from the Institute of Holistic Nutrition. I'm a coach and an educator. Follow Alina on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram for all of the latest updates.