EMMET RUSHE: THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO BUILDING A SUPER-SMOOTHIE!

first_imgBY EMMET RUSHE: The rise of the smoothie is a bit of a phenomenon. The global market for smoothie consumption is set to hit approximately $8 Billion this year and doesn’t show any signs of slowing down.Driven by a new health-consciousness among consumers, today’s on-the-go convenience of gulping down your vitamins and minerals is appealing to more and more of us.Most of us consider smoothies a healthy but a sweet snack, consisting of fruit and possibly yogurt, or other ingredients like peanut butter or soy milk.The most convenient (and cheapest) way to make the drink is by using frozen fruit. The making of smoothies goes back to the 1930’s, 40’s and 50’s with the invention and use of both blenders and refrigerators.Smoothies became associated with the health food industry in the Sixties through people like Jack Lalanne, the renowned health and fitness guru, who was one of the earliest advocates of juicing and nutrition.Today, with the trend toward organic and natural foods, smoothies have come into their own.The only problem that I see when people make or buy smoothies is they are mostly fruit and fruit juice, with very little else in them. Precision Nutrition coach Ryan Andrews has the same opinion on juice bar smoothies;‘Honestly, these store bought and juice bar type shakes are just barely better than a fast-food milk-shake.’‘They’re typically sweetened heavily with sugar, loaded with poor protein sources, and missing many of the nutrients found in whole foods.’Sure, you can have them as a treat, as a way to get your fruit and veg intake in an easy and convenient way, but they can be so much more.They can be an easy way to get a meal in, without actually cooking, you just have to plan them out the right way. A typical store bought smoothie looks like this;• Contains high levels of sugar• Include low quality protein sources• Rely heavily on processed ingredients• Use too many artificial componentsAn upgraded smoothie would look like this;• Contain minimal sugar and artificial ingredients• Use high quality protein sources• Include whole sources of fruit and vegetables• Provide fibre and healthy fats The first thing you should do before starting to make smoothies is get a good blender.I spent years with the cheaper varieties and spent more time trying to get the consistency right and then trying to clean the jug, than I did actually enjoying the smoothie.The ‘Nutri Ninja’ or the ‘Nutri bullet’ would be the two that give you a great smoothie every time.During my time studying for my Precision nutrition certification, I learned a few ways to upgrade the smoothie into a ‘Super Smoothie’Not all of the steps below are mandatory. Feel free to play around with the ingredients.If you don’t want a topper, leave it out.If you want extra veggies, go for it.If you are trying to keep your calories down, you can manipulate variables like portion sizes, and carb and fat amounts.Pick a liquid• Water• Almond milk (unsweetened)• Cow’s milk• Soy milk (unsweetened)• Hemp milk (unsweetened)• Iced green teaLess liquid = thick shakes.More liquid = thin shakes. 4-8 oz is a good starting point for each serving.Pick a protein powder• Whey protein• Casein protein• Pea protein• Rice protein• Hemp protein• Other proteins or protein blendsFind the protein supplement that you like best.1-2 scoops should be sufficient (25-50 g).Pick a veggie• Dark leafy greens: Spinach / kale• Pumpkin / sweet potato• Beets / beet greens (roast and remove skin first)• Cucumber / celery• Powdered greens supplementSpinach is usually your best bet, as it is virtually flavourless in your Super Shake.Add 1-2 handfuls.Pick a fruit• Apples• Bananas• Berries• Cherries• Dates• Pineapple / mangoToss in half a banana to give the shake an excellent consistency.You can use fresh or frozen fruit.Aim for 1-2 cupped handfuls.Pick a healthy fat• Walnuts• Flax, hemp, chia seeds• Cashews• Almonds• Peanut and nut buttersWhen blended well, nuts and seeds give the shake a nice, rich consistency.1-2 thumb lengths are usually enough.Pick a topper• Coconut• Cacao nibs / dark chocolate• Greek Yogurt• Oats / granola• Cinnamon• Ice cubes (if using fresh fruit)Add oats if you need extra carbs. Add Greek yogurt if you want more protein and a smoother consistency.For all of these, a little goes a long way, so don’t overdo them.An example of how you would put this together would be as follows;Apple Cinnamon SmoothieNotes: put all ingredients in a blender and enjoy!Ingredients:2 scoops Vanilla Protein Powder1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk1 Granny Smith apple (cored, sliced)½ frozen banana1 tsp cinnamonStevia (to taste)5 ice cubesThere you have it, the ultimate guide to building a super smoothie.There are literally endless combinations that you can put together for these.Play around with the ingredients and enjoy.#TrainSmartFor more information, contact me through the link below.https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rushe-Fitness/120518884715118?ref=hl* Emmet is the owner and operator of Rushe FitnessEMMET RUSHE: THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO BUILDING A SUPER-SMOOTHIE! was last modified: October 18th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:emmet rushefitness columnGuidesuper smoothielast_img read more