8 Quick Tips To Make Healthier Smoothies

by Simona Terron

Theyre easy to digest, quick, convenient and simple to make: just throw everything in the blender, right? Well that may be true, but are you sure your smoothies are healthy? While the right ones can help you detox, lose weight and boost your nutrition intake, if prepared wrongly, they could end up being heavy and unhealthy.Follow thesesimple tips to ensure your smoothie is always light and healthy:

  1. Try and drink denser smoothies, which will keep you full for longer. A simple trick to achieve this minus the calories? Plenty of ice and fiber-rich ingredients.

  2. Instead of ice cream, full-fat milk or yogurt, use non-fat dairy such as low-fat cottage cheese or Greek yogurt, for mega protein without the calories.

  3. If youre off dairy, use light coconut milk or coconut water for potassium and electrolytes, or nut milks like almond, cashew or hazelnut or even soy milk.

  4. Skip the fruit juice, which is probably full of added sugar and even artificial edible dyes. Use frozen chunks of whole fruit instead to make your smoothie thicker and frostier.

  5. Its not green juice, but feel free to add organic greens such as spinach and kale, since they are neutral in taste and add loads of vitamins and fiber.

  6. Just a spoonful of flaxseed meal will add fiber and omega-3 fatty acidsthat fight inflammation. Other alternatives are oat bran or wheat bran.

  7. Adding a wee bit of unsaturated fats, such as a piece of avocado for a boost of potassium, B-complex vitamins, antioxidants, and fiber or a spoonful of protein-rich nut butter is always a good idea to plump up texture and nutritional value.

  8. Flavor is key, so experiment with natural sweeteners like honey and agave, spices like cinnamon and cumin, or unsweetened cocoa powder.

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