Homemade smoothies are a delicious vitamin boost our bodies appreciate. I don’t always have time to faff about making a smoothie, but when I do, I enjoy every last sip. I’ve also learnt a few tricks along my smoothie-making process to make sure my smoothie is healthy and filled with vitamins, not sugar.
Here are my tips so you can enjoy your juicy smoothie and know you’re squeezing every last bit of goodness out of your drink:
It’s not just for fruit
Smoothies are the best drink to get veggies into your body. Add carrots, avocado, kale, spinach and know you’re getting the goodness of these foods without squirming at the thought of eating them. Eating these veggies on their own can be bland, dull and in the words of my cheeky chappy ‘yucky’, but added to a mixture of fruits and coconut water/milk, you’ve disguised the reality that is eating veggies.
Not only is it an extra vitamin boost to add veggies into your smoothie but carrots will make it sweeter (carrot cake, right?) and avocados will make it oh so creamy.
Add ice to keep it cool
I like my smoothies smooth and cold, don’t you? Sometimes the fridge just doesn’t cut it, especially if you haven’t got time to cool it in the fridge and I quite like a little crunch. Adding ice to your smoothie instead of frozen fruit cuts the calories drastically. Frozen fruit is fine to use to get that cool crunch, but if you’re looking to shave off a few kcals’, then blend with ice.
Skip the fruit juice
Fruit juices are filled with sugars. This is because most juices sold now are pasteurized, not the ‘straight from the orange’ type, your drink then has an incredibly high sugar content. Your sugar high might be fun while it lasts but when your high comes crashing down, you’ll be desperate for another fix of sugary foods. Think a toddler after chocolate, it’s not pretty.
Not only does fruit juice give you a high sugar intake, but it’s also filled with lots of calories and most of the vitamins diminish during the pasteurizing process.
Stick to your own freshly squeezed juice instead (that’s if you fancy adding it), OR check the label in the supermarket to make sure your juice hasn’t been pasteurized and all the good stuff is kept in the bottle.
Healthier alternatives to fruit juice are plain ol’ H2O, coconut water, milk (almond/coconut/soya etc).
Choose your creamer wisely
In our smoothies I always add a creamer, which is banana or avocado (I’m sure there are many others but these are my fav for taste and creaminess). A smoothie wouldn’t be as delicious without that thick creamy texture but our creamers tend to come with a high calorie count. Instead of using both banana and avocado, just pick one. They both have different health benefits. Avocados are especially great for skin, hair and nails, but they are significantly higher in calories. Don’t be put off by this, they’re such a great fruit (yes, fruit, I got on the Googler because I wasn’t sure. Veg? Salad? No it’s confirmed, avocado is definitely a fruit) and because there isn’t any refined fats and sugars, your body can process it easily and won’t store as much fat as say, from a chocolate bar.
Switching your creamers is a great way to alternate the different vitamins in each fruit, and also vary your calorie intake.
I’m not talking about chucking a chicken in your blender. That’d be weird and gross. Don’t do that. I mean looking into a protein powder to give you that extra protein boost. This is especially great if you regularly workout because it helps with muscle repair. Many protein powders are now fortified with various vitamins and minerals, so they’re such a good addition to your smoothie, it’s not a necessity though. I’ve been using Nutribuddy, but there are so many different brands choose from, all vary massively in price. Here’s my thoughts on Nutribuddy if you wanted to have a glance.
You can also add nuts and seeds for extra vits and mins, they are quite high in calories, BUT their health benefits outweigh their calorific content. A handful of nuts or seeds will give you a ‘glow’. See, you really can put anything into a smoothie, your body will thank you for it.
I don’t want to harp on about calories, the most important thing to remember is keeping it healthy and the best way to do this is to keep it pure and natural by using fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds. Follow these steps and you’ll be sipping your way to a healthy day, if I could wink at you there, I would.
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