Healthy Smoothies for Special Diets

by Javi

Healthy Smoothies for Special Diets

People with special dietary needs have to be careful about what they eat. Some people need low carbohydrates while others must follow a dairy free diet. Special diets make it harder to find snacks that will fit your needs. But this is exactly why smoothies are important. Healthy smoothie recipes can be tailored to cater to any special diet.

There are people who have to follow special eating plans. They may be diabetic, vegetarian or vegan. Some people need low carbohydrates or low fat foods. Some are allergic to dairy products.

For all these people, there are smoothie recipes that can answer their needs. You can even substitute ingredients in a recipe to suit you. If you are allergic to dairy, use soy milk and tofu instead of milk and yogurt. Use different fruits and liquids to reduce the carbohydrates in the smoothie recipe. Add protein powder if you need to build lean muscle mass. The options are endless.

Benefits of Healthy Homemade Smoothies

  1. Delicious, wholesome recipes keep you away from junk food.
  2. Healthy smoothie recipes are full of natural ingredients. They allow
    you to support a healthy lifestyle.
  3. You can eliminate added sugar or artificial sweeteners.
  4. Low-calorie smoothies keep the weight off.
  5. You can add super foods to your smoothies, including spirulina, goji
    berries, chia seeds, flaxseed, wheat germ, etc.
  6. Smoothie meals in the morning can jumpstart your metabolism and provide
    energy the whole day.
  7. You can make smoothies that are soy-based, high protein, dairy free,
    etc. depending on your dietary needs.
  8. You can save a lot of money.

Smoothie Recipes for Special Diets

No matter what your dietary needs, there’s a healthy smoothie recipe for you.

Low Calorie Smoothie – Non-Fat Strawberry Banana Smoothie

  • 1 cup fresh strawberries
  • 1 banana, sliced
  • 1 cup non-fat yogurt
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 2 cups ice

Low Glycemic Index Smoothie – Chocolate-Pear Smoothie

  • 1 cup low-fat or nonfat milk
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 medium pear (fresh, frozen or canned)
  • 1 tsp honey
  • Dash of ground cardamom

Non-Dairy Smoothie – Soy Non Dairy Smoothie

  • 1 banana, cut into chunks
  • Ѕ cup strawberries
  • Ѕ cup soy milk
  • Ѕ cup ice cubes, crushed

Non-Dairy Smoothie – Green Tea Non Dairy Smoothie

  • Ѕ cup brewed green tea, chilled
  • 1 banana
  • 1 large peach, pitted and sliced
  • 1 or 2 tbsp honey
  • Ѕ cup ice cubes, crushed

Green Smoothie – Spinach-Mango Smoothie

  • 1 handful fresh spinach
  • 1 stalk celery (optional)
  • 1 or 2 sweet yellow mangoes
  • Enough water to blend

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