How To Make Your Smoothie Healthier

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.

Add protein

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.

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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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23 Comments

  1. April 6, 2016 / 1:33 pm

    Thank you for this! I’ve been looking for recipes and ways to prepare smoothies and shakes. I would want to surprise my boys esp now that they are always at home playing basketball and board games.

  2. April 6, 2016 / 6:40 pm

    I agree with these points! I think smoothies can be ok as long as not filled with juice. The extra protein/fat helps them to be more nutritious and great post workout. Thanks for sharing with #bestandworst x

    • firstooth
      April 6, 2016 / 9:35 pm

      I didn’t even know adding juice was a ‘thing’ until recently, it definitely ups the amount of sugar which isn’t great especially for our crazy kids x

  3. April 6, 2016 / 10:09 pm

    This is very timely! Especially now that it’s summer! I’m planning on buying a blender soon for a recipe I stumbled upon. I’ll make sure to consider this when I start making one.

  4. April 7, 2016 / 7:28 am

    Great tips! Now I can enjoy my smoothies and be healthy at the same time!

  5. April 7, 2016 / 9:48 am

    These are good tips! hehe. as someone who track my daily fitness.. smoothies has become my go to afternoon merienda. I haven’t tried making one at home but will definitely try one of these days.

  6. April 7, 2016 / 12:09 pm

    Most commercial smoothies have non organic ingredients, plus milk. I liked your version bec. it’s all fruit and veggies. No milk and sugar.

  7. April 7, 2016 / 12:24 pm

    We only make cantaloupe smoothie and strawberry smoothie at home. I haven’t tried blending two or more fruits or vegetables. I also add yogurt to make it healthier.

  8. April 7, 2016 / 2:17 pm

    I love a smoothie too!! And have one most mornings, as it’s easier to chuck a whole load of fruit and veg into the blender and drink it, rather than sit down with something and have the vultures climb all over me, trying to eat it!! I usually do just fruit and veg, I don’t add a creamer, although sometimes I add yogurt if we’ve got some going out of date, or if I really want a treat I add coconut cream… But I know how fatty that is, and don’t make a habit of it!! Some great tips here!
    #bestandworst

  9. April 7, 2016 / 3:55 pm

    I love smoothies!!! But I never actually thought of making one, hehe. Now this post made me want to experiment on one 🙂 Perfect timing because of the insane summer heat we have now.

  10. April 7, 2016 / 10:20 pm

    These are such brilliant tips. I would never have thought to use avacado over banana for the creamy touch. I haven’t done the whole smoothie thing in ages. I’ve never really use smoothies for health, it was always for taste. I suppose adding ice cream isn’t as healthy! I’ll have to give it a try again one day! #AbrandNewDay

  11. April 8, 2016 / 4:14 am

    Yehey! Thanks for sharing! Love this post. I will sure make one this weeken. This in time since I’m starting to have a healthier lifestyle and Im hitting the gym too. 🙂

  12. April 8, 2016 / 4:39 pm

    Wherever I look, I keep getting reminded about juicing and now healthy smoothies. It’s really time for me to get on that cleansing diet. But I am too lazy to prepare my own so I will let my juicing friend prepare it for me and I will just buy it from her. hehe

    • firstooth
      April 8, 2016 / 4:43 pm

      I love that! You’re very lucky to have such a great friend. Mine would tell me where to put my fruit! Haha

  13. April 8, 2016 / 5:09 pm

    Thanks for these great tips!! I’ll be using these tips right now (since my brother is making a smoothie rn)

  14. April 8, 2016 / 7:30 pm

    Great tips!! Thank you for this!! Yes, me too try to avoid the sugar intake always!!

  15. April 10, 2016 / 12:24 pm

    I’ve been wanting to make smoothies but healthy living is quite expensive here in our country. But yea, one day I’ll make one. hihi

  16. April 11, 2016 / 6:57 am

    wow! smoothie. and it’s easy to make! i’ll try to do that at home. 🙂

  17. April 11, 2016 / 1:52 pm

    This is a good reminder for most of us, our smoothies doesn’t have to be just fruits but should also be veggies. Haven’t tried this but planning to do it soon. I honestly don’t eat veggies but it would be easier to take it when it’s made to a smoothie.

    Louise

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