Care for a Healthy Smoothie?

by Wendy on June 19, 2015

Most everyone loves a freshly pressed juice or refreshing smoothie, and what’s not to like? They taste great, pack a serious punch when it comes to vitamins and minerals, and offer a healthy way to boost your energy. Besides, you can be as creative as you want, mixing and matching your favorite veggies, fruits, and add-ins! Your drink can be silky smooth, thick and creamy, or even have a bit of texture.

 

Smoothie with blueberries and oatmealPeople who work out will find that a smoothie gives them the necessary energy, and those that are into strength training will find it fulfills their protein requirement. A sweeter smoothie can be great as a dessert, and another recipe can give you your daily dose of veggies.

 

A recent documentary, Powered by Green Smoothies, featured participants who were put on a green smoothie drinking regimen and reaped the benefits. Of course, smoothies alone won’t fix a poor diet, but they can make a good addition to a healthy diet, and they found that for people who may not be consuming enough fruits and vegetables (most of us) they may be helpful in increasing our fruit and vegetable intake. So, why not consider adding smoothies to what you eat?

 

In general, most smoothies are so simple to make, even the biggest kitchen rookies can put one together! Blending a smoothie can be an addictive process: just stick to a few rules, get together what you can and make sure it pleases your palate. You can put together ginger with mango, cucumber with melon and look for other interesting, yet edible permutations and combinations of things you think you can drink.

 

Directions for the Best Smoothies:

  • Put the liquid in first. Surrounded by water or juice, so the blender blades can move freely.
  • Next, add your greens, with chunks of fruit or vegetables going into the pitcher last.
  • Start slow. If your blender has speeds, start it on low to break up big pieces of fruit, then work your way up to high for a puree. For blenders with function buttons, pulse a few times before switching to puree mode.
  • Thicken with ice. Added too much juice or coconut milk? Toss a few cubes in the blender to thicken it up!

 

Here are a few recipes that can get you started on that healthy punch! Follow the above steps and you can ensure your smoothie will be made just the way you like it.

 

Spinach Smoothie with Avocado and Apple

1 1/2 cups apple juice

2 cups stemmed and chopped spinach or kale

1 apple—unpeeled, cored, and chopped

1/2 avocado, chopped

 

Carrot Mango Smoothie
1 medium mango, peeled and cubed
1/2 cup shredded carrots
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup coconut water
1/4 cup water

 

Kale Banana Smoothie
1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 ripe banana
1 cup loosely packed chopped kale
1/4 cup water

 

Raspberry Almond Smoothie 
1/2 cup almond milk
1/2 cup low-fat plain greek yogurt
1/2 medium banana
1/2 cup fresh (or frozen) raspberries
1/8 teaspoon almond extract
1 tablespoon honey

Wendy

Wendy

Health Contributor at Creative Bioscience
My name is Wendy and I'm one of the main contributors to our blog. I'm a retired elementary school teacher who's found a new passion for all things relating to health and wellness. If you feel like your body is not in the place it should be, join the club! We're here to help get you where you want to be in a long term way, and avoiding any extreme diets in the process. We believe in natural sustainable methods to reach a state of homeostasis. We want to get our body, spirit, and soul into prime shape and really start loving ourselves! Wendy's favorite product is Raspberry Ketone 1234
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