Without a doubt my nutri-bullet and my blender are two of the most used appliances in my kitchen – especially come summer when it’s time for smoothies and smoothie bowls!
This is seriously the quickest and easiest way to get more fresh produce in your diet. Let’s face it, smoothies are delicious as well and make for the perfect meal or snack when you’re in a rush – which is usually me, most of the time. Since they are so versatile, it’s easy to find smoothie recipes that you love and can enjoy every single day. Don’t forget to check our recipe section to get some of our favourite smoothies and smoothie bowls
Let’s look at three different types of smoothies and how you can use them to incorporate more fresh and healthy food in your diet.
The first place to start is with simple fruit smoothies. Mix up one or two of your favorite types of fruit with some ice and a little milk or yogurt. It makes a refreshing and sweet drink that’s similar to a milkshake but better for you. Fruit and yogurt smoothies also make for a wonderful, portable breakfast option.
These types of smoothies work well with both fresh and frozen fruit, making them a great year-round option for you. Mix and match the fruit you use. For a boost of protein and for a more filling smoothie, try adding some Greek yogurt, peanut butter, or even a scoop of protein powder.
Green smoothies have become very popular in recent years. They are a wonderful way to work more leafy greens and raw veggies in your diet, without having to eat “another salad”. You can work quite a bit of greens along with the fiber and nutrients they provide in your diet by simply adding a green smoothie to your daily food intake.
Green smoothies make a great lunch. Blend it in the morning, store the smoothie in the fridge and just shake it up and enjoy for a healthy lunch that will provide you with lots of nutrients without leaving you stuffed and tired. For best results mix and match your greens and veggies from day to day.
When you think of smoothies, you think of fruit – but try getting outside the box for a minute – push those boundaries!
Most smoothies will be sweet because fruit is added to them, but it doesn’t have to be this way. You can also enjoy savory smoothies that taste more like cold vegetable soup. For example you can mix up greens, tomato, and cucumber, bell pepper along with a little water, onion, and vinegar to make a smoothie that’s inspired by Gazpacho – the Spanish cold tomato soup. Similarly, you can whip up a smoothie that tastes like salsa.
Play around with different veggies, seasonings and liquids like tomato juice, chicken or vegetable broth. the other thing to remember is that the sugar content will be much lower. Anytime you add fruit to a smoothie you are upping the fructose – something to consider if you are on a weight-loss program or diabetic.
So if you haven’t already, why not give a smoothie a try. Start with a few different recipes and then start to tweak and change things around until you come up with your own personal collection of smoothies that you love and that fulfil your nutritional needs. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for some of our upcoming recipes for delcisious and easy to make smoothies.