2 Jul 2015

How To Make Healthy Smoothies

There is no right or wrong to smoothie making. Just about anything can be thrown into a blender and seconds later you will have a wonderful snack. Once you have a good blender the hardest part is picking your ingredients. Smoothies can be snacks or meals depending on what you put in them. The easiest way to make smoothies healthy is to avoid things high in dairy or sugar. Try to grab at least one ingredient from each section add some ice and you are ready to blend! Mix and match until you find that you like.

Liquids

It’s best to start out with some liquids for your blenders’ sake. Just fill the blender about 1/3 of the way full than add all your goodies. Once they are all in there top it off with more liquids, most blenders have a fill line, don’t go pass this or things might get messy! If things come to a stop while you are blending just add some more of the liquid it should fix your problem. Here are some of our favourite options.

Water

Just plain and simple, an easy way to get those 8 cups a day.

Tea

A green tea is full of antioxidants that will help boost the health of your blended treat. Other fruit of herbal teas can sweeten up your drink too!

Coconut water

This would be great post workout due to the electrolytes and other nourishment it supplies.

Juice

100% (other wise it will be all sugar). Juice can help sweeten up your drink a little.Coffee. Add a little caffeine to your drink!

Soy milk or Almond milk

Will also sweeten up your smoothie and give it a creamier texture. Also it is better for you than normal milk.

Sweets

We aren’t talking about chocolates; this is mother natures’ candy! All of these will sweeten up your drink and give it the classic smoothie taste. You literally cannot go wrong with any fruit or berry, all of it will make your smoothie taste amazing. It will just take a few trial ones to see what you like to combine it with best.

Frozen or Fresh Fruit

Fruits are always great to add into your diet. They are the cores to every smoothie; with so many different kinds of fruit have fun finding your favourites to mix!

Berries

Berries help with prevention of many diseases like Parkinson’s and can help manage diabetes. With they are very sweet it is all natural sugars and will leave your smoothie tasting amazing. 

Greek Yogurt

This is a great way to make your smoothie a little creamier. It is also full of protein and low sugar content (if you choose plain Greek yogurt). This is great to add in for an after workout smoothie.

Veggies

Don’t freak out when your smoothie turns a little green or brown. It will still taste delicious! Most the time the colour will change more than the actual taste.

Carrots

Will add a little sweetness to your drink, unless you put heaps in you won’t taste them too much.

Spinach

Spinach is full of antioxidants and vitamins that your body craves. They also contain iron, something that lots of women are low on.

Avocado

These are a super food with all the nutrition they offer. If you like your smoothies a bit thicker add some avocados!

Kale

Very similar to spinach in being full of antioxidants and vitamins, also has very lot fat content!

Cucumber

These have high water content and will help keep you hydrated. Cucumbers also help flux out toxins in your body.

Extra Nutrition

These are always good to add to any smoothie to give you drink a little more boost! These are extra important if you are swapping out a meal for a blended drink. Adding a few items from this section will help leave you feeling full and satisfied.

Protein Powder

This is an easy way to get a after workout meal. You can do just protein powder water and ice, or mix it in with other ingredients. There are lots of flavours to choose from. We like to stay simple with vanilla since it seems to mix well with everything.

Seeds (Chia, Flax, pumpkin)

These have more recently become popular and for good reason. Chia and flax seeds both have lot of fiber and protein along with other benefits that make then a great addition to any smoothie. They won’t change the taste much they just add some texture and nutrients.Almonds. Another great source of fiber and protein! These will add a little crunch to your smoothie.

Spices or Extracts (cinnamon, ginger, cocoa powder, vanilla, peppermint etc.)

Add an extra kick to your smoothies by adding some spices or extracts!

Here are a few healthy smoothie recipes to get you started! Try them out and let us know what you think! Comment below on your favourites.

Smoothies

LIQUID

SWEET

VEGETABLES

EXTRA NUTRITION

Dark Blueberry

Almond Milk or Coconut Water

Blue berries,

Spinach

Protein powder, cocoa powder

Coffee Banana

Almond Milk, Coffee

Banana

Kale

Oats

Peaches and Cream

Water or orange juice

Peaches, strawberries, Greek yogurt

Carrot

Chia seeds, Oats

Mint Chocolate

Almond Milk

None

Spinach

Peppermint extract, Chocolate Protein Powder, Flaxseeds

Rainbow

Soy milk

Banana, red apple

Kale

Flaxseeds, cinnamon, Pumpkin puree

Avocado Dream

Coconut water, Lime juice

Banana, dates

Avocado

Hemp seeds, mint leaves

Strawberry Lemonade

Soy milk, lemon juice

Strawberries, Date

Carrot

Almonds, lemon zest

 


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