Smoothies are King. And no, I’m not talking about Smoothie King! This satisfying and quick breakfast, snack or post-workout treat is what I claim to be the secret sauce of a nutritious diet. When built with the right ingredients, smoothies can be a fantastic way to boost and sustain energy, sneak more fruits and veggies into your diet and improve health from the inside out.
Why are smoothies the “secret sauce”?
Just think for a moment about how many nutrient-dense foods you can fit into one glass. The protein, healthy fats, fiber, vitamins and minerals work to:
That’s just scratching the surface, but you get the point.
Now let’s talk about the healthy smoothie formula: 1/2 cup frozen fruit (one serving) + protein + healthy fats + handful of leafy greens + 1 cup liquid
The flavor combinations are endless when it comes to making a smoothie that you enjoy and look forward to. Here are some of the foods you can use to build your own nutritious smoothie at home:
Eating healthfully is always done best when foods are made at home. But if there’s anyone that understands that sometimes life gets busy and you just don’t have time to make it yourself, it’s me!
Let’s talk about what to be on the lookout for when ordering a smoothie out.
It’s important to pay attention to what’s going in the blender at your favorite smoothie shop and ask questions if you need to. Health marketing can be sneaky and your frozen treat can go from nutritious to indulgence quickly!
Ingredients to watch out for include: juice blends, juices, yogurt (unless Greek yogurt), frozen yogurt, sherbet, granola and added sweeteners (fruit is sweet enough!) such as turbinado, honey or “stevia-sweetened”.
My other pro tip is to order the kids size smoothie because even when you’re talking about the good stuff, you can still go overboard and wind up with your daily quota of calories in one cup.
Happy blending and cheers to a healthy summer!
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