Smoothies are a great way to enjoy the nutrition as well as fibre of fruit and vegetables in a delicious drink. Think of the joy from drinking milk shakes when you were younger, but good for you and filling too! The more fibre in the glass, the more full you will feel!
Use a high-speed blender to get a finely blended smoothie, especially if you include some greens in the mix. Make sure you enter our giveaway to get your own single-serve blender for an awesome smoothie!
Skip the refined sugar, maple syrup, or honey. Go au naturel: dates and frozen overripe bananas add more body to your smoothie with a natural sweetness, plus lots of fibre and nutrition.
We love adding spinach and dark greens to smoothies, but mixing greens with strawberries does not make a beautiful smoothie. To make green smoothies visually more appealing, try adding some frozen wild blueberries (they’re the smaller ones) to add a deep purple. This will hide the colour that greens would make when mixed with red fruit.
Smoothies are a great way to get your nutrients in after a big workout. Replenish your body with protein from some nuts, protein powder, a splash of soymilk, or even watermelon! Did you know that watermelon has electrolytes which support cardiovascular health and muscle recovery?
Do you prefer your smoothies thick or thin?
For a thin smoothie that’s easy to drink, use fresh and/or refrigerated fruit and use a liquid like coconut water or unsweetened orange juice. Add a bit of ice for a cold temperature and sip away!
For a thick smoothie, use frozen fruit: frozen watermelon, mango, pineapple, blueberries, strawberries and bananas will all add body to your smoothie without adding ice. You may need some liquids like almond milk, coconut water, or acai berry juice to get your blender moving, but you can add a dollop of Greek yogurt to make it luxurious and creamy.
Just like a milkshake
Make your smoothie feel like a milkshake with frozen fruit! Instead of adding a cube of ice, try adding frozen watermelon or bananas! It won’t water down your juice and at the end, and it adds flavour plus a health benefit.
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