Are you making healthy smoothies or are they not as healthy as you thought they were? We came across this article from Breana Lai, M.P.H., R.D. at EatingWell, in which she lists the:
- Best high-proteins to use in your smoothie – I was surprised to see how many variations of milk were on this list, yet not surprised to see yogurt … not sure why?
- Best fruit, whether fresh, frozen or canned, in water or its own juice, of course! Yes, we know berries and cherries are good, but many folks would question banana!
- Best vegetables, with the recommendation to use them raw – no surprises to see kale here, but cucumber?
- Healthy smoothies additions for flavor and nutrition – yes, flax seed is there, and so are oats and would you believe cocoa?
- And the best ingredients to Ditch to keep your smoothie within healthy sugar limits – some were obvious like ice cream and chocolate syrup, but did you expect to see fruit juice and fruit yogurts on this list?
Check out their website to see what else falls into each category.
Breana recommends …
The healthiest way to enjoy a smoothie is to make your own. Blending your own choice of ingredients assures you know how much of and what foods you are getting. Wondering how to make a smoothie? A good smoothie should contain a blend of ingredients with protein and fiber to help keep you full and provide antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.
And when it comes to smoothies, don’t forget to keep an eye on portion sizes! If you are having a smoothie as a meal, aim for 300-400 calories. If your smoothie is a snack between meals, make it small and aim for less than 300 calories.
Here’s an example of a good healthy smoothie incorporating the advice given in this article. Please turn to the Next Page (click button below) for a Cantaloupe Papaya Smoothie recipe …