Healthy smoothies put you in the driver’s seat. Give your body a healthy boost by blending a mix of natural ingredients and antioxidant rich fruit to fill you up on the go. You can mix in extra protein and fiber for weight loss or add extra fruit for a carb loaded pre-workout drink. Eat healthy and keep your wallet full at the same time.
In our busy lives convenience rules. Whatever your needs are, healthy smoothies are a way to incorporate whole foods into your diet without any hassle. Anyone can do it and everyone can afford it. The key is to blend whole foods together without the added sugars and preservatives that rob them of their nutrition. As long as you keep it natural your body will benefit.
How To Make A Healthy Smoothie
Find a base you like. Milk or juice works, but there are healthier alternatives that you can try. Soy milk is high in protein and contains no saturated fat. Coconut milk is creamier and makes any smoothie a tropical delight. You can even make your own smoothie base by blending almonds and water first before you add the fruit and ice. As long as you have a good blender it will turn out smooth and healthy.
Add fruit. Try familiar fruit first that you already enjoy. Berries are always a good choice along with berries and other common fruit. Once you have perfected the art of healthy smoothies, you may want to venture out and try some superfoods from around the world.
Add ice or frozen berries to your liking. I personally like less ice (Brain-Freeze) but it’s zero calories and makes it thicker. If you’re using frozen fruit you will need less ice or none at all depending on your preference.
Blend And Enjoy! Blend slowly at first and increase the speed until thoroughly mixed.
Understand the 5 basic components of Nutrition that make smoothies Healthy.
Protein builds muscle and tissue within the body. It’s low calorie and high density keeping you full longer. See my Good Sources Of Protein page for more info.
Carbohydrates are the body’s fuel or energy. Low glycemic carbs sustain energy and high glycemic carbs promote fat storage. Learn more on my Glycemic Index page.
Fat (Good and Bad) is essential in the body. The “Good Fat” is UNsaturated fat (Polyunsaturated/ Monounsaturated). Bad fat is saturated and trans-fats or “hydrogenated oil” is terrible for your body.
Fiber is indigestible carbs. They aid in digestion and can even lower cholesterol levels. Read more on my High Fiber Foods page.
Micronutrients (Vitamins, Minerals, Antioxidants) are crucial in maintaining your body’s immune system and all functions on the cellular level including anti-aging and disease prevention. Visit my Facts About Vitamins for more on micronutrients.
Healthy Smoothie Recipes
Healthy Smoothie Recipes are easy to follow. The key is to use whole foods and natural ingredients. Be creative and find what suits your needs. Are you looking for weight loss smoothies, or fruit smoothie recipes? The following healthy smoothie recipes are simple and effective.
Weight Loss Smoothies
Weight loss smoothies are high fiber, high protein, and low glycemic. This results in a low-calorie drink that fills you up and sustains your energy. Get the edge on weight loss.
Fruit Smoothie Recipes
Find fruit smoothie recipes that cater to your needs with whole foods and natural ingredients. These recipes range from simple to exotic depending on what you’re looking for. Add protein and fiber for a “heavier” drink that will tide you over or keep it lean with lots of fresh fruit. Experiment and find the fruit smoothie recipes that work for you.
Eat a variety of foods. Start making healthy smoothies today, and seek out new foods and new experiences.
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