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Our favorite additives for LiveMore Smoothies
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Our favorite additives for LiveMore Smoothies

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LiveMore smoothies are all about keeping it simple. Simple ingredients, simple to make, and delicious for everyone in the family! That’s why our smoothies are great for whatever extra ingredients you want to add to your blender! Anywhere from spinach to protein powders, LiveMore will consistently taste amazing. Keep reading for a look into our favorite LiveMore additives.

 

Spinach

One of the best parts about making a smoothie is that you can pack it with a whole lot of nutrition without even realizing it! Many of us aren’t meeting the daily requirement of veggies. A big reason for this is because of the bitter taste that comes with most vegetables. When spinach is combined with fruit, the taste is completely masked, allowing you to put 1-2 cups without a problem! This will make it more likely for you to get your daily greens, plus it’s undeniably delicious.

Spinach is a powerhouse in the veggie department because of its countless healing powers.

Spinach is one of the easiest greens to cook with because it has little to no taste but is loaded with nutrients like fiber, zinc, folate, calcium, vitamins B, A, C and so many more. Spinach is a powerhouse in the veggie department because of its countless healing powers. This amazing green may assist in protecting your body from free radicals, may boosts brain function and memory and is overall a healing powerhouse for our bodies.

When it comes to picking which LiveMore smoothie to add your fresh spinach to, there’s no need to pick and choose. All 4 LiveMore blends compliment the addition of spinach, making them the perfect smoothies to keep on deck in your freezer.

 

Nut Butters

What’s there not to love about nut butters?! They come in dozens of different kinds, flavors and consistencies. They bring your smoothies to the next level, not only by adding texture and flavor, but also proteins and other nutrients. Unfortunately, many of the nut butters you encounter in your local grocery stores are loaded with preservatives, sugars and unnecessary oils. The good news is that there are plenty of options that contains only the nut! Make sure to read the ingredients label before picking your nut butter and you’ll be good to go!! Another mistake I see many people making is adding too much nut butter to their smoothies. You don’t want to overdo it or else your smoothie could go from very healthy to very high in fat. Don’t get me wrong, the fat we get from nuts are good fats, but you never want too much. A spoonful is plenty!

Peanut Butter

Peanut butter has a place in many of our hearts. We either grew up eating PB&J’s, we would sneak a spoonful from a jar or it’s something we’ve recently acquired a love for. The amazing thing about this nut butter is that it’s one of the least expensive sources of plant protein you can find in the grocery store.

Peanut butter is especially known for its high levels of fat. I don’t want this to scare you, because most are “healthy” fats that our bodies thrive off of while only a very small percentage is considered “unhealthy” saturated fats. Peanut butter is extremely high in protein, with 35% of its weight coming from protein alone! This nutrient rich nut butter is high in copper, zinc, folate, iron, magnesium, potassium, vitamins B1, B3, B5, B6 and E!

Among many health benefits, peanut butter is said to help with weight loss. Since the nut butter is high in proteins and fats, it creates the feeling of being full which decreases overall appetite. Peanut butter is a great and healthy alternative if you’re feeling like something rich and creamy.

 

Almond Butter

Similarly to peanut butter, almond butter contains high amounts of healthy fats and proteins. With only 1 tbsp containing 9 grams of fat, it’s important to remember that a large majority of this is healthy monounsaturated fats rather than saturated. Protein wise, almond butter contains 3.4 grams of protein for every tbsp. This nut butter is also packed with potassium, magnesium, manganese, calcium and vitamin E. One tbsp of almond butter provides you with almost 30% of the recommended daily dose of vitamin E!

In comparison to peanut butter, the health benefits of almond butter are slightly better when it comes to heart health. Almond butter contains less saturated fats and more healthy fats as well as an increased amount of fiber. Almonds are also very high in calcium which supports strong, healthy bones. Calcium promotes healthy blood clotting and may support nerve function.

 

Bananas

If I’m feeling extra hungry, I like to add a banana to my LiveMore smoothie. Not only does it give me those extra calories but it creates a smooth, creamy consistency which I love!! Bananas are packed with nutrients making them the optimal snack and additive to your LiveMore smoothies. Bananas are best when the skin is beginning to spot on the outside. This means the banana is fully ripe and is full of flavor. I like to peel, cut and freeze my bananas once they get to this point, making them an easy addition to my smoothies.

Bananas have countless health benefits, many of which I’ll dive into. For one, bananas are high in a nutrient called pectin which may maintain blood sugar levels after meals. This means that although bananas are high in sugars, they will not cause spikes in blood sugar levels. I see many people staying away from fruits because of their high sugar levels, but in reality our bodies need these sugars to survive. Natural sugars, also known as carbohydrates, are the number one energy source our bodies turn to when it needs energy. Essentially, the reason we eat is to have energy, therefore we need to eat foods that provide us with energy, foods like fruit.

Fiber is an important nutrient as it aids in the production of a healthy digestive track. Bananas normally contain about 3 grams of fiber each. Ripe bananas contain a type of fiber known as pectin while unripe bananas contain a different type called resistant starch. Resistant starch actually feeds the healthy bacteria living in our gut!

We’ve all heard that bananas are high in potassium. Potassium is a mineral we all need to maintain a healthy heart. This mineral may fortify nerve function and muscles in your heart to contract, which essentially promotes a healthy and regular heartbeat. Few people get enough potassium which is why keeping frozen bananas on hand is such an easy and productive way to stay healthy!