This is an old standby and anyone who works with me knows Zak’s smoothies. There’s been a lot of asks for signing up to receive smoothies that I so far, haven’t delivered on. Maybe providing the ingredients will help? Probably not though. It’s always nice when someone makes it for you.
I should also mention that we have invested in a Vitamix, not necessary but man, they are awesome. The best thing about them is that you don’t have to constantly turn it off, mix it up, add liquid, turn it back on, and repeat in order to actually blend it. I heard that the motor is equivalent to an engine, which I don’t really believe… but whatever it is, it blends those smoothies right up.
Anyway, here’s some ingredients that are necessary, or just nice, to have on hand:
Fair to say that you must have liquid. We usually use Coconut Water (it also has a long shelf life since you don’t have to keep it in the fridge) but you could definitely use juice instead!
Gotta have bananas. You can freeze bananas if they’re starting to go bad – but otherwise, go with fresh. They’ll help sweeten the smoothie and get the texture right
Strawberries are pretty much a staple in our smoothies. You could either buy fresh or frozen. If you buy fresh, you’ll just need to wash and cut the tops off. Ideally, let them dry as well before you pop in the freezer, otherwise the water around them will stick to each other and you’ll have to pry them away from each other when you’re smoothie-making.
Add in whatever else looks good, or ideally what’s in season!
As a regular part of weekly meal prep, if you buy a bunch of kale – you’ll do your future self a favor by cutting the stems out, ripping into pieces, cleaning, and storing for the week. Then use kale stems for smoothies, and the kale leaves for grain bowls, or dinners.
Kale stems are usually enough for me as the veggie in smoothies – but if you have spinach or kale leaves on hand – go for it! Throw them in! I would definitely throw them in if they’re on their last legs. Waste not, want not!
Nuts & Seeds
Almond / Peanut Butter
Either almond or peanut butter makes the smoothie nice and rich and stick-to-your-ribs. Gives a nice dose of protein too.
Also – crunchy over creamy any day.
I honestly don’t really know why chia seeds are so healthy – but we put them in every smoothie, so hopefully they do something.
I loveeeeee cocoa nibs! They are a leetle expensive, but they make the smoothie crunchy with a little chocolate flavor while still being healthy. Delish!