Q: I like the idea of superfoods smoothies and the Smoothment, but I travel so much it's hard to get in a routine. How can I stay on track while on the road?
A: Travel-smoothies are certainly a possibility, albeit a little different from their home-based counterparts. I do of course know people who travel with their blender, making frequent trips to the store to aquire fresh produce,and then blend fresh smoothies each day in their hotel room. While I certainly would never discourage a healthy practice like this, it's also quite the smoothie comittmentâ€¦ and likely more effort than most of us are able to invest while traveling. For the rest of us, you'll just need to pack a couple of extra things to make a great travel-smoothie â€¦ and it's all surprisingly easy.
Shaker Cup - Seen those plastic shaker cups with the little metal ball inside? That's your new substitute-blender best friend. They're light, compact, functional, and can easily be rinsed out in a bathroom sink after each use.
Spoon - You'll also need a spoon for measuring; bring one if you think for some reason you'll won't be able to find one.
Flavored Plant-based Protein/Meal Blend - Bringing packets of your favorite flavor of a nutrient-dense powder blend is key. Since you won't be blending fresh produce, this helps give your shaker-cup â€œsmoothieâ€ body and flavor, as well as satiating nutrients. Look for varieties that suggest being blended in water, as these will be the most soluble.
Green Powder - It's good to stay alkaline and cleansed by making sure you get your greens each day â€¦ and there's no easier way than by bringing a bag of greens powder. Wheatgrass powder is especially effective because it doesn't impart a strong taste, and is incredibly potent (meaning very little is needed to get the benefits â€¦. Good for light luggage).
Favorite Superfood Powders - You don't need to bring your entire superfood collection while traveling, but packing a bag or two of key superfoods will greatly enhance your smoothie, and likely, your energy while on the road. Superfoods like Camu Powder, Acai Powder, and Goji Powder are a no-brainer addition to shaker smoothies.
Stevia - Using stevia can help enhance the flavor and sweetness of your blend. It usually comes in a tiny bottle too, so it won't take up much room.
To make your smoothie, simply put about a serving of each of the ingredients into the shaker cup, add filtered water as well as stevia to taste, and shake until combined. It may take a couple of days to perfect your quantities to get the best taste, but keeping on track with the daily smoothie habit will make you feel so, so much better.
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