Taking steps towards eating healthy can be as easy as making a smoothie. Smoothies provide you with protein, vegetables, fruits, and healthy fats in a cup. With this assortment of smoothie recipes, you will find something to satisfy every craving. Try all 30 of these recipes, and blend your way to better health.
Here is a formula to follow when creating a smoothie:
Healthy Smoothie = Base + Fruits/Greens + Thickener + Boosters
The base is the liquid of your choice. You can try:
Almond milk, coconut milk or water, cold green tea, iced coffee, fruit juice, or kefir.
Fruits and greens (either fresh or frozen) are the most important ingredient. Mix several or just one or two, such as:
Banana, mango, peach, berries, kiwi, pineapple, apples, arugula, kale, spinach, or avocado.
The thickener gives your smoothie the correct consistency. To do this, you can add:
Ice cubes, yogurt (flavored or plain), cottage cheese, nut butters, coconut, chia seeds, or oats.
Booster the flavor or the nutrient content by trying these:
Sweetener/sugar, vanilla, honey, cinnamon or ginger, cocoa powder, green tea powder, protein powder, fish oil, flaxseed, hemp seeds, dates, figs, or maple syrup.
Freezer Packs for Smoothies on the Go
You don't have to skip the most important meal of the day when you are rushing out the door in the morning. To create freezer packs, combine the ingredients (except the base and the booster) for your favorite smoothies in a labeled plastic zip bag. Keep bags in the freezer until needed. To use, simply add the liquid, the booster, and the freezer pack contents to your blender, and blend until smooth.
Frozen Fruit and Veggie Cubes
Having frozen fruit in the freezer is handy for creating a quick smoothie. The bonus is that frozen fruit takes the place of ice if you like your smoothie cold. You can purchase prepared frozen fruit, or you can freeze your own. This is the perfect solution for fruit that you won't be able to eat before it goes bad or for larger quantities of fruit that you buy while it is in season. To do this, you simply wash, peel, slice, and freeze the fruit or berries.
You can create your own veggie cubes using spinach and kale, too. Place the greens in the blender and puree. Pour into an ice cube tray and when frozen, transfer to a container for storage in the freezer.
Smoothies aren't just for cups anymore. Turn your smoothie into a meal by making a smoothie bowl. You can then add additional fruit, nuts, and boosters to top it off.
Smoothie Frozen Treats
Smoothie "Popsicles" are ideal to make if you have some extra smoothie left. You can freeze your favorite smoothie to make a frozen treat for a healthy snack.
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