What we should actually be calling these “smoothies” is milkshakes. They’re full of frozen yogurt and some times ice cream and loaded with unnatural sugars. In reality, they do more harm than good.
A well-made smoothies takes a large amount of healthy fruits and vegetables and compresses them into a compact and delicious drink.
Remember that fruit and veg is it’s most tastiest and nutritional when they reach peak season. When you’re about to make your next healthy smoothie, ensure that you use the freshest organic ingredients from the farmer’s market or from your own garden if you are lucky enough to have one.
Top Tips for a Great Smoothie:
1. Blenders with at least 800-watts of power will ensure your smoothie is smooth!
2. Bananas, everyone’s go to smoothie ingredient can be very versatile. You can freeze them beforehand (after peeling and cutting, obviously!) . Bananas add thickness to your smoothie without overpowering other flavors.
3. Freeze your fruit beforehand to save time. Cut your fruit and freeze on a sheet of baking parchment. Transfer to a container or spare freezer bag and keep for up to 8 weeks.
4. Adding extra ingredient to your smoothie recipe can give added health benefits and change the flavor of the smoothies to suit the drink.
Yogurts, milk and organic creams, juice and even good old H2O can be added first to get the blades rotating. You can then start to add the dry ingredients such as any greens. The last ingredient should always be the heavy ingredients like chunks of fruit or veg and ices.
Here are 4 of our favorite smoothie recipes, one for each season that will get you in the mood to dig out the blender.
“Falling Pumpkins” Smoothie Recipe
Makes 4 cups
1 cup almond milk
1 cup pumpkin puree
1 teaspoon agave syrup
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 apple, cored
Add all ingredients but the cranberries, starting with lightest ingredient, to the blender and blend until smooth. Garnish with cranberries.
“Winter Greens” Smoothie Recipe
Makes 3 cups
1/4 cup carrot juice
1/2 cup orange juice
1 cup spinach
1 cup chopped kale with spines removed
4 small broccoli flowers, sliced roughly and frozen
1 apple, cored and roughly chopped
1 banana, peeled, roughly chopped and frozen
Combine all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Add honey for sweetness.
“Spring Mango-berry” Smoothie Recipe
Makes 4 cups
1 cup coconut milk
1 banana, peeled and roughly sliced, and frozen
5 large strawberries, head removed and cut into quarters
1 mango, skinned and kept chunky
Add all ingredients to the blender and blend until mixture is smooth. Add almonds for Vitamin B12.
“Fruits of Summer” Smoothie Recipe
Makes 2 cups
1/2 cup Greek yogurt
1 plum, pit removed, flesh roughly chopped
1 peach, pit removed, flesh roughly chopped
1 nectarine, pit removed, flesh roughly chopped
1/2 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen
Combine ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.
Give Your Smoothie A Boost
These additions can change any smoothie from boring to amazing in seconds. Not only that, they also provide significant health advantages:
Natural, Manuka honey is a great way to naturally sweeten your smoothies, as well as being high in antioxidants.
Shelled sunflower seeds boost copper, magnesium and selenium levels in the body.
Natural source of protein with sweet nut like flavor.
Efficient cleanser, it’s also high in fiber, protein, and omega-3s.
Chia seeds and high in fiber and take on flavor of other ingredients.
This really does pack a punch. You get one gram of dietary fiber per tablespoon of this stuff.
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