Fruit smoothies can be an easy way to nourish your body with essential nutrients. And the best way to know the exact ingredients in your smoothie is to make them yourself. All you need is a blender, fruit and a base, such as water, milk or yogurt. Making your own smoothies can help prevent fruit from going to waste, while providing benefits that will keep you on the right track towards good health.
Creating your own smoothie means you get to choose a base of your liking. You can add water, cow’s milk, soy milk, almond milk, coconut milk, or yogurt to the fruit in order to add bulk. The healthier options would include water, low-fat milk or low-fat yogurt, which will add flavor and nutrients without a huge number of calories. The water will provide your body with fluid that is necessary for metabolism of food and transportation of nutrients. The low-fat dairy contains calcium and vitamin D, which help your bones stay strong.
When trying to lose or maintain a healthy weight, smoothies should be used as a meal replacement, not an addition! For instance, drink a dairy-based smoothie for breakfast or drink a water-based smoothie as a snack. Fruit smoothies can be a healthy addition to any meal plan as long as you maintain portion control.
Green smoothies are a great way to eat your veggies without even realizing it. Although most people like fruit, many have trouble getting their daily requirement of veggies. When you make a green smoothie, the taste of the greens is hidden by the taste of the fruit, so you don’t even notice the veggies are there.
Green smoothies can also be a good way to get kids to “eat” their vegetables. You might need to start with a higher proportion of fruit vs. vegetables (for example, 70/30 instead of the standard 60/40) until they get used to the flavor.
There are many great recipes for smoothies. Here are just a few websites to view them.
Also, our VHP shakes are great for a quick meal-replacement shake/smoothie. Just add water and some fresh fruit. Delish!
What is your favorite smoothie concoction?