Healthy Smoothie Recipes

Healthy Smoothie RecipesUse healthy smoothie recipes as a part of your daily routine. As we move toward living a healthier lifestyle and eating fresher, healthier meals, we become interested in options that can be prepared quickly and easily. Smoothies should be near the top of the list of quick, easy and nutritious options. Have one for breakfast as a meal, before your workout, or as a healthy snack between regular meals.

Why Smoothie?

While a smoothie is similar to a “milkshake” the approach is very different. A properly planned and prepared smoothie can add the nutritional value of green leafy vegetables, dietary fiber, complex carbs for energy and fuel, and plant protein from algae, flax or wheat germ or your choice of protein supplements. Add some milk or your favorite milk substitute (soy, almond or coconut), a banana for sweetness and “thickness” and an ice cube or two, blend and enjoy.

Very Berry Smoothie – If you are reluctant to jump in with both feet and make a “green” veggie-based smoothie, try this fresh (or frozen) berry based option, packed with good taste and antioxidants, Vitamin C and anthocyanins (flavonoids), which help protect against chronic disease and some kinds of cancer. All you need are:

1 cup Greek plain or cherry yogurt
½  cup cranberry juice
1 cup frozen pitted cherries or strawberries
½  cup frozen unsweetened blueberries

Combine the yogurt and cranberry juice in a blender. Add the cherries and berries and blend until smooth. For a thicker smoothie, add an ice cube or two and blend. This makes two servings, each has 230 calories, 49 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of fat, 5 grams of protein and 3 grams of fiber.

Pineapple Power – Another fruit-based smoothie made with pineapple and soy protein suitable for a Vegan or vegetarian diet that tastes like a healthy Pina Colada. In a blender, combine:

½ cup soft tofu
One cup of pear nectar
½ cup fresh or frozen pineapple
½ frozen banana and
One teaspoon lime juice

Blend until smooth and garnish with a pineapple chunk or ring. This makes two healthy servings and contains only 170 calories, 38 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of fat, 4 grams of protein and 3 grams of fiber.

Basic Green Smoothie – Quick and tasty way to add green veggies to your diet. Use any fresh or frozen vegetable, cover with your favorite fruit and juice, blend and enjoy. This example uses spinach or kale leaves as the “green” ingredients.

1 cup diced or shredded spinach or kale leaves
1 cup water or juice suitable for your fruit choice
1 cup fresh or frozen, unsweetened strawberries, mango or blueberries
½ frozen banana for thickness
1-2 ice cubes

Blend the greens and liquid first, then add the fruit, banana and ice. This recipe will work with ANY vegetable that will blend and any fruit you enjoy. This basic green smoothie contains about 152 calories per serving (1 medium glass), 32 grams of carbohydrate, 0-1 gram of fat, 2 gram of protein and up to 15 grams of fiber! For more healthy and delicious smoothie recipes check them out here.

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