How to Stock your Smoothie Rack

….the smoothie rack lives next to the spice rack in any healthy kitchen!

So you’ve decided to finally get yourself healthy! High five, that’s a good decision – you even bought a blender / bullet…but what next?? What are the best things to put into it? Here is my smoothie must-have list!

Here’s the superfoods to put on your ‘smoothie shopping list’ & how to use them – so you can be the smoothie king or queen, with all the good stuff ready to  go, at your fingertips!

Put these on your shopping list asap!

1. Raw cacao powder – to give you a wake-up buzz, keep you relaxed but energised & alert (& young looking!)  Perfect for those times you need a bit of a kick, but not quite as much as a coffee. Cacao is full of magnesium to keep you calm & relaxed (it’s a super common deficiency, you probably need more), & also special plant chemicals to protect your heart & blood vessels, as well as making you feel alert & happy. AND…it makes a banana smoothie taste like chocolate. Combines well with berries, banana, maca, nuts, seeds, protein powders, coconut or greek yoghurt…a must have.

2.Turmeric – to soothe your inflammation, support your liver & keep you young inside & out. Add fresh chunks to all your green smoothies.

3. Chia seeds – to feed your gut bugs fibre, supply you with omegas, plant protein, stabilise blood sugars & keep you feeling  full. Chia has a neutral flavour, gelatinous thickening properties & should always be soaked prior to using (keep a mug of chia ‘jelly’  in the fridge for up to a week for use in your smoothies).

4. Pea protein – plant-based support for healthy immunity, strong muscles, blood sugar balance, beautiful skin hair & nails, & keeping you full & satisfied. Tatses a little ‘earthy’, but combines well with any maca, cacao, green or berry smoothie. Get used to it gradually & after a while you won’t mind it.  

5. Whey protein concentrate – same benefits as pea protein, just tastes more smooth & milky – gives your smoothies a creamy feel. Goes great with banana, berry, nuts, coconut, yoghurt, coffee smoothies…anything you want to make creamy & more filling.

6. Matcha – full of anti-oxidants, another one to keep you alert & energised, but calm at the same time. Perfect in a green smoothie – a little bitter, so get used to it slowly.

7. Flaxseeds – add in for smooth, supple skin (good fats) & to keep you full & regular. Like chia, flax are best soaked prior to using as they will digest much better & be gentler on your tummy. Keep them pre-soaked up to 3 days in the fridge, & add anytime you need good fats & fibre in your smoothie to keep you nourished & full.

8. Maca – used traditionally by warriors (& today by body-builders, athletes, average blokes & menopausal ladies) to make them strong, fast & …well, horny. Goes well with any cacao, banana, vanilla, coconut type combos.  

9. Coconut yoghurt – creamy, coconutty, dairy free deliciousness with good bugs for your tummy. Add anytime you want dairy-free creaminess. Combines amazingly well with any banana, cacao, coffee, mango, passionfruit, pineapple etc…so many flavour combos! (We highly recommend our friends at Pure n Free.  

10. Kefir – dairy or coconut / water kefir adds good bugs to any smoothie, any flavour. Just don’t overdo it as the tart / sour flavour can ruin taste if too strong.

11. Kombucha – more good bugs! Amazing added to green smoothies or anytime you want a bit of sweet, bubbly lightness.

12. Ginger – warms you from the inside! Ginger is a digestive tonic, great to settle nausea, gas & bloating & improve circulation. Awesome in green smoothies, or if you like a kick in your berry, pineapple or cacao flavours.

13. Berries – so vibrant & full of antioxidants. Use fresh or frozen blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, boysenberries, mulberries…or dried goji berries, inca berries, macqui berries. Awesome fruit as they are high in fibre & lower in sugars.

14. Greens – kale, spinach, parsley, mint, lettuce, cucumber, celery stalks & tops, mixed greens…just about anything green can be added (in small amounts to start with) to ‘salad smoothies’! Use a fruit to sweeten / make palatable – my faves to carry the greens are pineapple, banana, pear, & apple.

15. Avocado – good fats & dairy free creaminess! Great in any smoothie to make it more filling & nourishing.

16. Nuts / nut butters – peanut, almond, cashew, brazil, walnut…any nuts. Best to soak overnight / activate before blending.

17. Cinnamon – blood sugar support to stop your cravings & keep your energy stable. A must have in any banana smoothie, great with berries, or any vanilla / creamy /  coconutty smoothies.

18. Coconut water – add as an electrolyte replacement, perfect for post-workout smoothies or green-smoothie hangover cures!

19. Banana – sweet creaminess. Use frozen chunks or fresh, in any cacao, green, berry, vanilla, nutty or tropical smoothies.

20. Natural greek yoghurt – good bugs in a creamy, protein-rich dairy base. Works well in any creamy smoothie.

21. Vanilla essence – enhances the flavour of so many smoothies. Use it in banana, cacao, berry, coconutty or nutty smoothies.

22. Blend11 – it covers so many bases nutritionally & goes well in any type of smoothie…use it for broad spectrum nutrition, protein, good fats & prebiotic fibre to keep you full & satisfied!

23. PondWater – goes into all my green smoothies to make them…greener! An easy way to increase your chlorophyll, especially when the fridge / garden is bare or you are travelling. Aloe vera & greens for energy, gut health, immunity, skin & liver support.

I would love you to share with me your favourite smoothie recipe – you never know if it makes the cut I may send you some free product!

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Jeanie X

A Day In The Life of a goodMix Patchy…

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3.30am – 4.30am

Alarm goes off – Rise & Shine!

You’re up before the sun, bleary-eyed & packing the esky with your cold tasters (prepared the night before) & coconut yoghurt, loading it into the car (where your market kit is already packed from the day before. The early commute at least has no traffic – you grab some ice on the way & the petrol station guy knows you from the time before, & the time before.

4.15am-5:00am

Arrive at markets.

You drive in, unload everything from the vehicle in the almost dark & start the set up process. Gazebo, tables, cloths, stock, signs…getting everything into place & looking pretty…in approx 40mins, you have yourself a fully functional, temporary ‘shop’ with sampling station. Dawn is breaking – phew. It’s coffee time!!

5.30am

The earliest shoppers are starting to wander in, empty trolleys dragging behind them. You walk back to your stall, sipping your locally roasted coffee, chatting to your fellow stallholders along the way & maybe grabbing breakfast & a few bits n pieces as you go, before the rush hits.

It’s slow for another half hour or so –  just a few regulars…these shoppers know what they want & they stock up & get out quickly – you’re lucky if you’re on their list.

6.15am

The early crowd is upon you, you greet the familiar faces, catch up on their week & exchange goods for cash.

7:00am-12:00pm

It builds from here until the sun is high above you, your till is overflowing with notes, & your tables & esky are almost empty. That’s on a good day. A bad day might mean – your till looks exactly the same as when you arrived, your tent is soaked, some of your stock is ruined, your shoes, socks & even your undies are soggy…but you’re still having a laugh with your neighbours, you’ve got your weekly fresh groceries (cheaper & fresher than you could buy anywhere else), & you are thankful that you can at least pack your bags at the end of the day & bring your stock back to sell at the next market. Some aren’t so lucky – the fresh produce has to go. You feel sorry for the farmers & buy heaps. Smoothies, pesto, guacamole, freeze things, cook things…give some away…can’t miss the rainy day specials!

12:00pm

Pack up time!

Organise the fresh purchases, pack them away carefully into your half empty stock boxes, cold things into the esky & start dismantling the temporary shop, loading the vehicle with everything, much less neatly than it was before – in your rush to get home. You get home, & the day is not done yet – the stock goes away, counted & ready for next market, the groceries into the fridge, the till counted & recorded. You did ok…a days work done, made a profit, got your shopping done, stocked the fridge…& it’s still only lunchtime.

1:00pm

…finally, relax – time to have a rest!

Or clean the house, take the kids to footy, do the mowing, catch up with a mate, lie in the sun, go for a swim…the day is only half done! You feel kinda like a zombie…but you can catch up on sleep later!

 

Does this sound like you? The market gig is definitely not for everyone, you need to be just a teensy bit crazy – & pretty tough to do it long term. We have some patchies who’ve been doing it for more than 3 years now, rain hail or shine – but we also have some ‘gaps in the market’…so get in contact if you think you might like to fill one for a little while…or maybe even a long while!

Happy to have a chat anytime – see more info at the link below.

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