Smoothies are gaining popularity as a healthy breakfast or a quick snack. You might think that a fruity drink couldn’t replace a meal, and you would be wrong. By adding milk, yogurt or protein powder, you can make healthy smoothie recipes that are filling and nutritious. In addition, homemade smoothies are inexpensive and they are easy to make.
How to Make Healthy Smoothie Recipes
Smoothies need a base or foundation for the other ingredients. The base can be milk, fruit juice, yogurt, soy milk and the like. Smoothies made with yogurt are thicker and creamier. You can use nonfat or low-fat products if you are concerned about calories or added health benefits. For a healthy smoothie recipe, look for organic brands or products without preservatives or added sugars.
Fruits add flavor to your smoothies. You can add one kind of fruit or any combination you like. Fruits can be fresh or frozen. Make sure there is no added sugar when using frozen fruits. Popular smoothie fruits include bananas, blueberries, strawberries, pears, peaches, cantaloupes, oranges, mangoes, pineapples and peaches. Fruits in season are sweeter, more flavorful, and cheaper. You can also stock up on fruits in season and store them in the freezer. These frozen fruits will come in handy in the months ahead.
Vegetables are also important in healthy smoothie recipes. Add vegetables such as spinach, lettuce, carrots, beets and cucumbers to your blended drinks. You’ll boost the fiber and nutrient content of your smoothie.
You can add other ingredients to your smoothie recipe for additional flavor, texture or nutrition. If the natural sweetness of the fruit is not enough, you can add sweeteners such as honey, maple syrup or stevia. Try to stay away from refined sugar as this will lessen the health benefits of your smoothie. You can add cinnamon, cocoa, vanilla or nutmeg. Nuts, wheat germ, flaxseed, protein powder, brewer’s yeast, spirulina, etc. all add to the drink’s health benefits. You can also add ice for a thicker and more refreshing drink.
Healthy Smoothie Recipes
When your energy level needs a boost, fruit and vegetable juices can quickly replenish your stamina. A delicious smoothie can satisfy hunger pangs without too much calories. We have here a few recipes to make healthy smoothies for your enjoyment.
Smoothie Recipe #1 – Pineapple Banana Smoothie
- 1 cup frozen pineapple
- 1 banana, sliced
- 4 cups milk
- Ѕ tsp vanilla
Blend ingredients until smooth. Serve immediately.
Smoothie Recipe #2 – Fruit and Carrot Punch
- 2 pears, peeled, cored and sliced
- 1 apple, peeled, cored and sliced
- 1 carrot, peeled and sliced
- 2 cups strawberries
- 2 cups cold water
- 1/2 cup almond milk.
Blend ingredients until smooth. Serve with crushed ice.