Four Easy Hints to Making Healthier Smoothies
Smoothies are as close to a perfect meal as you can get – delicious, nutritious, and fast. They make a filling meal or snack to help your heart, pump your workout, juice your brain, or boost your mood. Smoothies are indeed the perfect quick breakfast or healthy snack. Just put a cup or so of fruit and a splash of dairy whizzed in the blender with a little ice and fruit juice.
Here are four easy fixes to make over your smoothies so they’re healthy, satisfying, and of course, delicious.
1. Freeze your fruit. Cut up chunks of peaches, plums, nectarines, strawberries, cherries, pineapple and/or apricots, and then spread them out on a tray and freeze them until firm. Store in a plastic bag until you’re ready to use them. You can freeze blueberries and raspberries whole. Frozen fruit will help keep your smoothies thick and frosty.
2. Toss in some protein. Try adding whey protein to breakfast smoothies as an easy-to-digest protein that contains all the essential amino acids. Of course you can also use milk or =yogurt-non-fat, low-fat, or full-fat, it’s up to you. Try almond milk for a non-dairy alternative.
3. Add some coconut water. If you need to thin down your smoothie, forget using sugary fruit juice. Instead, try coconut water, the liquid from young coconuts, which is rich in potassium and electrolytes. You can buy coconut water prepackaged. Coconut water is incredibility refreshing by itself, too. Try it post workout.
4. Throw in an avocado. Bananas are a common addition to smoothies because they add sweetness, body and nutrients. But they’re also high in sugar. So if you’re trying to cut down on the sweet stuff or you prefer a less sweet smoothie, toss in a quarter or half an avocado, instead. You’ll get lots of potassium, B-complex vitamins, antioxidants, and fiber. And while avocados are high in fat, they contain oleic and linoleic acid that are effective in lowering LDL cholesterol and increasing healthy HDL cholesterol. Plus, they’re one of the best fruits (yes, they’re a fruit) for keeping hunger pangs at bay.
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