Smooth Moves – 7 Tips for Making Super Smoothies


There are smoothies, and then there are smoothies. Make sure yours are giving you the maximum benefit they can. And, check out the recipe for an anti-aging smoothie – delicious, and packed with clock-stopping (or at least slowing) nutrition.

1. Freeze your fruit–including your bananas and avocados (peeled and cut up in pieces prior to freezing) or add ice to your smoothies to make them refreshing.

2. Blend the ingredients before adding your protein. Do not overblend the protein. Just lightly blend it to stir it into your drink; otherwise you damage the protein molecules.

3. I prefer the use of ground flaxseeds over flaxseed oil. However, the seeds do change the consistency of your smoothie. If you don’t like the flaxseeds, you may use 1 tablespoon of flaxseed oil instead. Keep your ground flaxseeds or flaxseed oil in a tightly sealed container in the freezer. If your shake tastes “fishy,” it is very likely your flaxseeds or flaxseed oil has gone rancid and they will need to be tossed out.

4. You may add water or ice to any smoothie to thin it out. Do not add more juice or soy milk since it will increase the calorie content of your drink.

5. Add 2 tablespoons of lecithin to any smoothie to boost your memory and muscle-enhancing acetylcholine.

6. To increase the fibre content of your smoothies, add 1-2 tablespoons of wheat or oat bran.

7. Add 4 grams of 1-glutamine powder to any smoothie to enhance growth hormone, tissue healing and repair.

Antiaging Smoothie

1 serving whey protein powder (vanilla)

1⁄2 cup raspberries

1⁄2 cup blueberries

1⁄2 cup sliced strawberries

1⁄4 cup blackberries

1 cup water

2 teaspoons flaxseed oil

Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend at high speed until smooth.

Note: You may also use 11⁄2 cups of a frozen four berry mixture instead of adding the four berries separately.

Nutrition Information:

Calories 340 | Carbohydrates 30.4 g | Protein 26.9 g | Fat 11.87 g | Fibre 9.3 g

– by Natasha Turner, N.D.

Natasha Turner, N. D. is a leading naturopathic doctor and an authority on hormonal and digestive concerns. She is the founder of Clear Medicine, a Canadian-based wellness boutique that provides integrated health care. Visit her website:

Excerpted from The Hormone Diet Copyright © 2009 by Natasha Turner, N.D..

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