Smoothies can be a quick and easy breakfast or snack. Not only are they easy to make, but drinking smoothies is an easy way to incorporate some key nutrients into your diet. However, it’s important to know what kinds of ingredients actually make a smoothie a healthy one. In fact, adding only fruits could potentially lead to hyper-concentrated sources of fruit sugars. However, there are many ways to create healthy smoothies by adding in a variety of different ingredients! Check out these healthy smoothie recipes for inspiration!
The Basics: What Should You Include in Your Smoothies?
When we think of smoothies, we often think of the typical fruit combinations like strawberry and banana. However, fruits have a lot of natural sugar, so it’s important to get the right balance of ingredients. Combining fruit, vegetables, protein, and fat can help create a well-balanced snack! If you have difficulty getting the right serving of veggies throughout the day, it’s easy to throw a handful of spinach or kale into your smoothie. When creating the combination of foods in your smoothie, be sure to choose both fruits and vegetables like spinach or kale. Next, pick a protein! This protein can come from nut butter, chia or flax seeds, or plain yogurt. Lastly, you can also add extra nutrients through acai powder, cacao, ginger, or turmeric. Now that we have the basics, get some inspiration from these smoothie recipes!
Get your fill of fruits and veggies through this Spinach Berry Smoothie by Pretty Providence. Don’t be thrown off by the name, adding spinach into a smoothie helps to get your servings of vegetables — and you can hardly taste the spinach! When making smoothies with spinach, be sure to blend the spinach and the liquid first, to ensure that all of it is blended. Next, you can add in the fruits! Get in a serving of both fruits and veggies.
This Tropical Green Chia Seed Smoothie by Kristine’s Kitchen will have you ready to take on your day. The tropical combination of pineapple, banana, mango, and orange, will mask the taste of the bitter, yet nutritious, kale. Additionally, the recipe calls for unsweetened almond milk, so it is dairy-free! Chia seeds are added as well, which provide plenty of nutritional value such as antioxidants, fiber, protein, calcium, and much more. Pack in the nutrition with this tropical smoothie!
The perfect blend of creaminess, fruits, and veggies, this Blueberry Avocado Smoothie by Eat with Clarity is the perfect way to start your day! The avocados are a great source of Vitamin E, and they also add to the creamy texture of the smoothie. Next, the bananas and blueberries add a sweet, delicious flavor! If you buy avocados often, you know that they can ripen up quickly and become unusable. However, once your avocados begin to ripen, you can freeze them for this smoothie. No more wasting avocados — simply stick them in the freezer and save them for your next smoothie creation.
Boost your energy levels with this Kale Pineapple Smoothie by Nourish Move Love. This smoothie recipe is another easy way for you to squeeze some veggies into your breakfast routine! Additionally, it can be used as an energy booster instead of that afternoon cup of coffee. In fact, kale provides an excellent source of iron, which helps to boost energy. With 5 simple ingredients, pack in veggies and energy into this simple recipe.
Instead of struggling to get that serving of veggies, why not mask them in the delicious flavor of a smoothie, and start your days off right? An easy breakfast or afternoon snack, these healthy smoothie recipes are simple to make and beneficial to your health. For more recipes, view our blog on healthy dinner recipes.
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