When done correctly, smoothies are packed with nutrients that can pump you full of healthy fruits and veg.
The amount of nutrients you can pack into a smoothie is practically limitless because of the amount of healthy ingredients to choose from.
However, if done wrongly, they can add on to your waistline with excess sugar, fat, and artificial ingredients.
To create a well-balanced smoothie that won’t weigh you down, consider these suggestions.
Smoothies wouldn’t be smoothies without the fruit.
There are so many options that you really can’t go wrong with. Bananas, Frozen berries, chunks of peaches, mango or a fresh pear or apple.
Those are the classics in smoothies, because they add texture and natural sweetness. By adding a variety of fruit, it will give you an assortment of nutrients and including antioxidants.
Fresh is always best
The fresher your ingredients are in your smoothie, the better the flavor and nutrition.
Use organic ingredients in your smoothie whenever possible, not only to increase nutrition and avoid pesticides, but also for better taste.
Smoothies are a great option if you lack calcium in your day.
Use skim or low-fat milk to keep calories at a low but if you don’t eat dairy products, try your favorite milk replacement like almond milk or soy milk.
A tablespoon of flax, hemp, and chia seeds are great ways for boosting the nutrition of your smoothies.
Chia seeds or ground flax seeds adds some omega-3 fatty acids, along with “keep you full” fiber.
Oatmeal are also one of the favourites. Try adding 1/4 cup to the blender. It will add a thick texture, along with fiber and a serving of whole grains.
Change up the ingredients
Using different fruits and vegetables will help you get an even amount of nutrients and health benefits but try and rotate your smoothie recipe every couple of weeks.
This will also keep your smoothies new and exciting and prevent smoothie boredom.
Try coconut water ice cubes for flavor and additional nutrients including magnesium, potassium, and other electrolytes.
Do a Rough Calorie Count
You can enhance your smoothies nutrition by adding nuts, avocado, cocoa powder, wheat germ and other healthful ingredients, but you’ll also be increasing the calorie count.
With high calorie ingredients, you may need keep a measuring spoon close by to make sure you’re not going overboard with portions.
To boost the nutrition, use a healthy tea instead of water, milk, or juice.
Even something as simple as green tea is great place to start.
Now it’s your turn to innovate. What creative combinations can you come up with? Here are some ideas to get you started:
Protein Power: Silken tofu, cocoa powder, peanut butter, soymilk, banana, honey
Pumpkin Juice: Pumpkin, banana, orange juice, yogurt, maple syrup, nutmeg, ginger and cinnamon
Green Juice: Kale or spinach, apple cider or orange juice, pear, ice cubes
Egg juice: Yogurt, milk, banana, flax seed, honey, nutmeg, vanilla