The Power of Smoothies

Health, Nutrition | April 4, 2018 | By

Fresh & Healthy

Smoothies have just as much potential to be good for you as they can be bad. If you’re hoping to drink a smoothie in place of breakfast or for a healthy snack, be mindful of what you put into the blender. Moderation, as always, is key. However, in order to make the most of your smoothie, be sure that the nutritional value outweighs the sugar.

  • Sweet ingredients ruin the smoothie, or at least the purpose of a smoothie
  • Choose your fruit wisely, aim for lower sugar content
    • Such as blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, grapefruit, cantaloupe, and papaya.
    • Freeze your fruit for a thicker smoothie
    • Skip store-bought fruit juice
      • You can either juice your own fruit, or, for less work, add another kind of liquid like water or nondairy milk
  • Add protein, plant milks, and good fats
    • Whey protein, Pea protein
    • Half an avocado
    • Greek yogurt
    • Nut butters
    • Chia seeds
    • Try using spices (like cinnamon) instead of sweeteners (like honey)

The nice thing about smoothies is the limitless combinations you can make to satiate your needs and avoid boredom in fixed routines. Don’t be afraid to try new fruits and proteins.

 

For more recipes, visit these two articles to help get you started.

Consumer Health Digest
Healthline