A few years ago, we witnessed one of the greatest cultural and food revolutions in history. Well, maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but it’s hard to argue with how quickly the smoothie became a cultural icon in the United States. It seems that overnight, smoothies found their way into grocery stores, dieting books, gyms, and homes, and they’ve held an almost mythic place since then.
It’s easy to see why. When it comes to beverages, the smoothie is a great way to get a ton of vitamins and minerals all in one tasty beverage. Here atAxis Labs, we’ve got entire product lines designed to fit into any of your favorite smoothie recipes. We also offer a great selection of CBD products, so it only seems natural to pair your favorite smoothie ingredients with ourpremium hemp-derived products. Let’s take a look at how to get the most value out of adding CBD to smoothies.
The Art of the Healthy Smoothie
While smoothies can be a healthy addition to any diet, the fact is, a lot of the ones you find in stores taste great, but aren’t the healthiest option. It’s not uncommon to find more than 600 calories of sugar and carbs packed into a bottle from the grocery. That makes it important to make healthy smoothies at home, especially if you’re planning on adding CBD to them.
Fortunately, making a healthy smoothie is pretty easy when you keep a few of these tenets in mind.
Fresh and frozen fruits are your friends. Start with about one cup of fresh-cut fruits, like bananas, mixed berries, apples, peaches, and plums. Frozen fruits add a little more volume to your smoothie thanks to the extra ice and water content. Fruit is a great source of natural sugars, which can be helpful for those with a sweet tooth. These options are also packed full of fiber, which takes longer to digest, ensuring you don’t feel hungry after you finish your drink. Any more than a cup of fruit, however, and you’re adding extra calories and carbs to your smoothie than you might need or want.
More than just fruits, you should add vegetables to your smoothies too. Sure, the green color might not fit into the idea of a smoothie, but power-packed veggies like kale and spinach make a natural addition to your smoothie. They have antioxidants that help your body fight and resist disease. As an added bonus, the vegetables add body to your smoothie, making it feel more filling and satisfying. If you’re worried about the earthy taste, the bright tones of the fruit do their part to mask the taste.
Pass on the calorie-rich ice cream and full-fat yogurts that many smoothies use, and instead choose a low- or nonfat yogurt. You could even use cottage cheese. Those offers your smoothie a healthy dose of protein without excess calories. One-half or a full cup of your preferred protein is a great start. You can add other protein providers like whey, peanut proteins, soy, or egg whites to get this important nutrient in your smoothie.
Adding this useful cannabis compound to your smoothie can offer you a host of benefits. If you haven’t been tracking our other blog posts, people enjoy CBD for the myriad of ways it makes them feel and its litany of uses.
So what’s the best way to add CBD to your smoothies? The first step is to determinehow much CBD is right for you. You’ll want to start with a small dose of CBD and measure your reaction. With time, you can slowly increase the dose until you reach your desired results. This is probably best done using a CBD product on its own, but once you know, you can easily add it to your smoothies.
The easiest way to add CBD to your smoothie is to usea tincture. Tinctures use an oil base to carry all of the vitamins and minerals of the CBD. Thanks to its nature, the tincture should readily blend in with the rest of your smoothie. If you’re not crazy about the oily texture of a tincture, you can also use a CBD powder, like ourCBD Boost. This acts much in the same way your pre-workout or whey protein powders do, as they blend and mix with the liquids within the smoothie.
When it comes to what kind of CBD to add to your smoothie, you’ve got two primary options. CBD isolate is a distilled version of the cannabis compound. When you use an isolate, you’re only getting the cannabidiol. This can be valuable for some, but you miss out on the many other nutrients and minerals that a hemp extract has to offer this way. Instead, try using a full-spectrum product. This means that every part of the hemp plant was used to make the CBD, ensuring you get the essential fatty acids and A and D vitamins that hemp is packed full of. Another advantage of using a CBD oil or powder is that they are low in calories, ensuring that your smoothies aren’t being loaded with unnecessary calories.
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So there you have it. A smoothie can be a great part of your health and wellness routines, and so can hemp extracts!