Quick and convenient, smoothies pack in the benefits of many different food groups. It’s no surprise that they’re an American favorite. Although they’re poised as a health food, not all smoothies are equally healthy.
The packaged, store-bought ones are the worst, loaded with sugar and artificial flavoring. Many food outlets also add rich cream, nut butters, and excessive sugar, quashing the goodness of the natural ingredients. It’s best to prepare your own smoothie, and be absolutely sure of its nutritional value. Browse our healthy recipes.
Strawberry Kiwi Smoothie
This high-fiber drink makes for a filling meal in just one glass. What’s great is that kiwi works as a heart-friendly, immunity-boosting food, as well as a tummy-tucker.
All you need to do is blend 1 ½ cups of apple juice, 1 diced kiwi, 5 frozen strawberries, 1 sliced banana, and 1 ½ tsp honey in a food processor, until smooth.
Soy Blueberry Smoothie
Rich in antioxidants, blueberries also have fat-burning properties. This smoothie, in particular, is perfect for breakfast, especially for those who are lactose-intolerant. Blitz 1 ½ cups of soy milk with ½ cup blueberries, and add 1 tsp vanilla extract and 2 tsp honey for flavor.
Papaya Flaxseed Smoothie
This energizing drink will refresh you, aid in digestion, and will leave you feeling full for longer periods of time. To prepare it, simply mix 1 medium papaya, ½ cup pineapple, and 1 cup fat-free yogurt with 1 tbsp flaxseed and some coconut extract.
Fruity Spinach Smoothie
If you’d like something refreshing and sweet, try this fruity smoothie. The sweetness of fresh fruits will cut through the bitterness of spinach, giving you a nutrient-dense drink.
Take 1 sliced apple sliced, 1 orange, ½ lime (peeled), 2 cups spinach, 1 cup almond milk, and some freshly grated ginger, and blend away.
Oats & Mixed Berry Smoothie
Start your day with this power-packed smoothie. Because it is full of fiber and antioxidants, it will optimize your hunger levels and keep your weight in check. Mix ¼ cup cooked oatmeal with ½ cup strawberries, ½ cup blackberries, 1/3 cup raspberries, ½ cup low-fat milk, and flavor it with some freshly grated ginger and honey.