If you’re an avid smoothie drinker, it is always exciting when you find some healthy new recipes to try. Healthy smoothies are a brilliant way to stay on track with your health and fitness goals (particularly homemade when you know the exact ingredients). They are great for a grab and go breakfast, a healthy mid-morning / afternoon snack or simply a way to fuel your body with extra fruit and veggies if you struggle with fitting these in your normal meals.
While smoothies are a brilliant way to fuel your body it is essential to keep aware of the following points:
• Portion control. Like anything, if you have too much it may no longer be as healthy as you think! When you are drinking a smoothie you can easily consume it fairly quickly and not be aware that you are starting to feel full. This is why it is a good idea to focus on nutritionally balanced recipes helping you consume the necessary amount of vitamins and minerals.
• Avoid refined sugars. Fruit juice, ice – cream, flavoured yoghurts etc are a no- go if you are monitoring your sugar intake. The fruit from the smoothie itself will be more than enough to give you the boost you need. Mix your smoothies with ice, water, coconut water, plain Greek yoghurt or almond milk for the healthiest effects.
• Choose whole fruits low in sugar. Berries are a brilliant option for smoothies because they are high in fibre and low in sugar, releasing energy slowly throughout the day and keeping you fuller for longer.
Here are my top picks for a healthy, nutritious breakfast with all the essential vitamins and minerals you need:
Triple berry smoothie (delish)
1 c. frozen strawberries
1 c. frozen blackberries, plus more for garnish (optional)
1 c. frozen raspberries
1 1/4 c. almond milk
1/2 c. Greek yogurt
Pineapple Paradise Spinach Smoothie (Women’s Day)
¾ cup water
2 cups frozen pineapple chunks (thawed)
1 medium ripe avocado halved and pitted
2 cups spinach
½-cup ice cubes
Peanut Butter and Banana Smoothie (fit foodie finds)
Greek yogurt: Greek yogurt is a great addition to all smoothies because it packed with protein and has a slightly tangy flavor. Feel free to use any kind of Greek yogurt such as plain or vanilla.
Flax seeds: Ground flax is where it’s at when it comes to smoothies because they’re easier to digest that way!
Almond Milk: This peanut butter banana smoothie recipe calls for unsweetened almond milk, but any kind of milk or liquid will work!
Peach Blueberry Smoothie (Prevention)
1 c. almond or vanilla soy milk, chilled
4 slices fresh or frozen peaches (about 1/2 cup)
1/4 c. blueberries
handful of kale
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
Strawberry, Pineapple, Banana Smoothie
1 cup Strawberries
1/2 cup Pineapple
2 cups coconut water
1/2 cup Greek Yogurt
1 cup Spinach optional
1 Tablespoon Chia or Flaxseeds optional