One of my favorite fruit bases for smoothies are berries. Blackberries, blueberries, strawberries and raspberries have a very low glycemic index, meaning that we can eat much more of them in one sitting without a spike in blood glucose than, say, pineapple or watermelon.
In addition to being low in sugar, berries are small little powerhouses packed with antioxidants. Our bodies need these antioxidants to combat inflammation for healthy skin, joins, and organs, keep our brains healthy, and to protect our cells from cancer.
While I recommend eating fresh fruits and vegetables whenever possible, buying some frozen in bulk can save a lot of time and money. When berries are not in season, I generally buy them frozen for a quick addition to smoothies. However, I still make sure to buy only organic even when buying frozen. Berries are at the top of the list of the Environmental Working Group's Dirty Dozen, meaning that they are some of the most heavily sprayed crops with dangerous pesticides. Additionally, because berries are porous and not protected by an outer skin or peel, they absorb even more chemicals.
- 1 cup frozen cauliflower
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1/2 cup berries
- 1/2 frozen banana
- 2 tbsp nut butter or 1/4 of an avocado
- Dash of cinnamon and vanilla
- Optional: 1 scoop of collagen peptides or protein powder
- Optional: 1 tsp of maca powder