Smoothies are an excellent way to ensure that we are meeting the nutritional needs of our bodies. The combinations are endless and the result is a smooth, delicious treat that happens to be extremely nutritious.
You can pack smoothies with whatever you like. I prefer to prepare healthy smoothie recipes, making my smoothies as nutrient rich and low fat as possible. This means I leave out things like ice cream, yogurt and milk. But, if you are looking to make a treat, a smoothie that includes ice cream or yogurt will fit the bill.
To blend my smoothies, I typically will use coconut water. It is rich in electrolytes (sodium, magnesium, calcium and phosphorus) and is nature’s Gatorade. It has a slightly sweet taste so it enhances the flavor of your favorite smoothie combination, without adding the bad fat and calories. It is loaded with potassium, more than you will find in a banana, has zero fat and is low in acid.
I drink a smoothie at least 4 times each week. I like to pack them with blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, banana, mango, kiwi and some type of green. Typically, I will use a handful of baby spinach. Often, I will add a scoop of green powder to pack in more nutrients.
The days that I drink my smoothie, I don’t need to eat breakfast. It is actually the same as eating 5-6 servings of fruits/vegetables each day. When I drink a smoothie, I am ensuring that I am certain to meet the recommended daily allowance of 5 fruits and vegetables. The amazing thing is that I am getting this nutrition in my first meal of the day!
Other great smoothie recipes include fruits such as pear, apple and even pomegranate. The sky really is the limit. The more you vary your smoothie ingredients, the more you are covering your bases as far as fitting in all of the nutrients that your body needs for good health.
Viva La Smoothie! They are delicious, nutritious and when coupled with the proper diet and exercise, will keep you fit and fabulous!