What do you think about when you hear “superfood smoothie”?
Most people associate qualities of extreme health, great for weight loss, low fat, and easy to make. While those things are all true, there are some details you should keep in mind when making superfood smoothies in order to get the most of these delicious, nutritious and filling drinks.
Freeze your bananas – When you buy a bunch of bananas, peel all of them and cut them into ½ inch slices. Put them into an airtight container and freeze. Frozen bananas puree wonderfully and make your smoothies creamier. They also allow you to use less of a banana and more fruits or vegetables with less sugar content. Frozen bananas would work great in our Fountain of Youth Smoothie.
Use natural flavor enhancers – Sprinkle cinnamon or cayenne into your superfood smoothies for added flavor. You can also use the zest from citrus fruits like oranges, lemons and limes for an added kick. Ginger is a great added flavor, too, like in this Pomegranate Banana Ginger Blast smoothie.
Use water to thin out your superfood smoothie – If your smoothie isn’t pureeing enough for you to drink it, add water instead of fruit juices which are often high in sugar. Almond milk and soy milk are also an alternative to thin out a smoothie without adding too many additional calories.
Use vegetables in your superfood smoothie – Kale, spinach, fresh herbs and broccoli are great green items to add to your smoothie without comprising flavor, like in this Detox Smoothie. You can also boil red beets and carrot for a heartier flavor.
…make your superfood smoothie with more than half fruit. Fruit is healthy, but it’s also very high in sugar. Watch your intake by only making your smoothie 50% fruit and compensate by adding vegetables. Try these four Mean Green Juices to incorporate more leafy greens.
…buy cheap yogurt. The flavors and prices of the yogurt in the dairy aisle might seem intriguing, but leave them on the shelf. If you want to use yogurt in your smoothie, opt for nonfat Greek yogurt.
…buy smoothies while eating out (unless you absolutely have to). Not all smoothies are created equal! When you order out you don’t know exactly what products are being put into your smoothie. Try to keep it as natural as possible while ordering, and avoid the add-ons like peanut butter and protein powder unless you know exactly how much they are using.
…go overboard. Try to keep the variety to a minimum when making one smoothie to maximize the nutritional benefits of those particular fruits and vegetables. Try this simple breakfast smoothie.
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