How to make the perfect smoothie

Smoothies have always been one of my favourite, my freezer is filled with delicious fruits and vegetables that I put in my smoothies daily. Smoothies are a great way to not only get kids to eat their daily vegetables, but also ourselves. All the fiber in smoothies helps with digestive issues and leafy greens help the body to detox, I add lots of kale to all of my  smoothies. The cheapest and best organic kale I have found so far is at Mawasim in Mushrif for 45dhs/kg, this is around 8 dirhams a bunch. It’s locally grown and always fresh. All the vitamins and minerals in the fruits and veggies help the skin to stay glowing and they also strengthen the immune system. But it does not end there, smoothies can be filled with delicious superfoods we would not eat on their own: chia seeds, chlorella, acai powder and dried berries. They are an amazing addition to any healthy diet.

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First I start with the base, instead of just using water I like to get creative. There are so many different nut milks and juices to chose from. I believe that none of the store bought coconut water can compete with fresh coconut water, so I buy the coconuts in bulk and freeze all the liquid into ice cube moulds. Fresh coconuts in the supermarkets are very expensive so it is best to buy them from the Mena fruit and vegetable market.
 1 cup base: water, coconut water, nut- or coconut milk, freshly pressed orange or apple juice, tea, healing stone infused water, kombucha, water kefir.

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1-2 cups fruit: avocado, apples, banana, pineapple, pomegranate, mango, cherry, coconut, dragonfruit, durian, figs, grapes, grapefruit, jackfruit, kiwi, lemon, lime, melons, raspberries, blueberries, cranberries, strawberries, blackberries, mulberries, papaya, peaches, pear, plum, passionfruit, pomelo.

1-2 cups vegetables: arugula, broccoli, celery, red beet, spinach, cucumber, kale, parsley, carrot, yams, sprouts.

I either buy frozen fruits and vegetables or I buy them in bulk and then freeze them myself. They don’t seem to last very long on the counter due to the humidity in U.A.E. so this is the cheapest and best way for me to always have enough fruits & vegetables for smoothies at home.

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herbs & spices: mint, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, cayenne, rosemary, turmeric, basil, cumin, sage, coriander, saffron, thyme, saffron.

The longer herbs and spices are stored the more they lose their taste so I love to grow my own herbs at herbs at home. Fresh thyme, mint, rosemary, basil and parsley are sold at Mawasim in Mushrif, they are sometimes available at Spinneys, Lulu and Carrefour. I replant them into bigger pots and leave them by a big window.
Organics food and cafe in Nation tower has a great variety of herbs and spices, I prefer to buy high quality organic herbs in glass jars instead of plastic. Every 3rd Saturday of the month they offer 20% off, so that is the perfect time to stock up on spices and staples.

protein: natural protein powder made from peas, brown rice, hemp, nut and nut butters.

I love vega protein powder, but there are other vegan protein powders sold in Abu Dhabi. You can check in Holland& Barrett, the raw place, Organics food & cafe and Mawasim. Vega protein powder is available on iherb. For 10% off your whole order use code RDD731.

2-3 tbsp superfoods: acai powder, maca powder, dried barberries, flax seeds, wheatgrass powder or frozen wheatgrass shot, chia seeds, protein powder, peanut butter, macu macu powder, spirulina powder, chlorella powder, quinoa, cacao powder, cocoa nibs, carob powder, organic high quality protein powder, hemp seeds.

My favourite mixture of superfoods are soaked chia seeds, acai powder and an ice cube of frozen wheatgrass juice. I will soon be writing a post about how to grow wheat grass at home. It is super easy, even if you live in an apartment. I have found organic chia seeds at 15 dirhams/500grams at Mawasim.

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If you are just starting out with smoothies I would suggest a mix of 1 cup base, 2 cups of fruit, 1/2-1 cup of vegetables, 2tbsp of superfoods and 2-4 dates. You can slowly increase the amount of vegetables and decrease the amount of fruits. I drink my smoothies with 1 cup base, 2-3 cups of vegetables and 1/2-1 cup fruits.

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Sweeteners: xylitol, erythritol, dates, cinnamon, coconut sugar, honey.
I think that the best sweetener for smoothies are dates, they are natural, easily available in U.A.E. and so delicious. I buy my organic dates from mawasim, they are around 10 dirhams/pack.
For more information about non-refined sweeteners please have a look at my blog post. Sugar free 101: How ditching refined sugar has changed my life

If you enjoyed this blogpost, please leave a comment down below and message me on mail@desertanddates.com if you have any questions.

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