12-16 oz. water
**You can include tea for part or all of your liquid - I sometimes also steep 2 organic green tea bags and one moringa or turmeric tea bag in 6 or 8 oz. of water and refrigerate overnight to include in my smoothie the next morning. Or choose a therapeutic tea and cold steep it in a mason jar with cold filtered water on the counter overnight. Sometimes I use Bigelow Benefits Radiate Beauty or Refresh.
1 scoop whey (or pea, rice or hemp) protein powder (This comes in Chocolate Fudge or Vanilla which I use as well.
1/3 cup frozen cherries sliced
1 banana, cut up and/or an avocado - which makes it so creamy
Flax seeds, chia seeds, hemp seeds
These are optional but I add in as many as I have on hand:
baby greens - kale, spinach, chard or micro greens or sprouts
1 stalk organic celery
1 organic carrot (scrubbed but not peeled) optional
organic parsley (or watercress, cilantro, basil - whatever you have and want to add)
pomegranate arils - I love adding some to my smoothie regardless of what flavor - it just boosts the nutritional value!
Another great add-in is a handful of fresh or frozen (no-sugar added) cranberries!
I've even put riced cauliflower, carrots or broccoli straight from the freezer in as well!
Superior Reds (oranges and purples) powder (optional) available from http://www.Vitacost.com
Put half of liquid in blender—add whey protein and Superior Reds if using along with all seeds. Now I put all veggies and top with the fruit. Last pour in remaining liquid. Cover and blend till frothy and creamy. (If cherries are right from the freezer you don't need ice cubes - it will be nice and frosty.)
*To make Blueberry-Banana Smoothie substitute 1/3 cup frozen wild or fresh blueberries and Superior Purples powder;
To make Peach or Mango Smoothie substitute ½ cup frozen peach slices or frozen mango or pineapple chunks and Superior Oranges powder. You can also use a good green food powder with the whey protein powder.
While I alternate with the reds, oranges and purples a few other ways I change things up is to use Slender FX Keto Caramel Weight Management Shake. While it's delicious as is I use it in place of the other whey protein and add a heaping tablespoon of unsweetened, organic cacao powder and some chopped macadamias, along with the greens - absolutely delicious!
I add the organic cacao to a scoop of Youngevity Banana Cream Fit Shake. It has bone broth protein which is so healing to the gut and I often add the organic cacao powder to this one too (can you tell I love chocolate?!).