Healthy Smoothie Recipes

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Is a smoothie healthy? The question really depends on what you put in healthy smoothie recipes. Smoothies in themselves are neither healthy nor unhealthy – there’s nothing wrong with taking in food in liquid form. There are many benefits to adding smoothies to your diet, provided you use healthy ingredients to make them. Let’s take a look at some of the benefits of smoothies and a few tips to avoid accidentally creating unhealthy smoothies.

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Benefits of Smoothies
One of the most obvious benefits of smoothies is that they are quick to make and consume. This means that people who may otherwise be inclined to skip meals can get the nutrients they need while on the go. A smoothie is a great way to pack the nutrients, vitamins and energy contained in a whole meal into a single drink that can be consumed in a matter of minutes. Since missing meals and irregular meal times are big contributors to developing weight problems, this is no small benefit.

You might be thinking – so what, I can get all the vitamins and minerals I need from a dietary supplement. Unfortunately, the human body doesn’t work that way. Your intestinal system was designed by nature to digest food, not vitamin pills. The body absorbs vitamins much more effectively when they are ingested from food in a natural form – such as fresh fruit – than when they are ingested from a capsule or pill.

What’s more, healthy smoothie recipes can serve as a delicious snack as part of a solid diet program that will help you stave off cravings for less healthy foods. Although smoothies are liquid, they can be made with ingredients that will fill you up and switch off your body’s hunger response for a while.

Healthy Smoothie Recipes -Ingredients
The most obvious healthy ingredients to put into your smoothies are the common sense items like fresh fruit. Bananas, apples, oranges, berries, cherries, mangoes, pineapple and kiwi are all popular choices. Different fruits have their own particular advantages – blueberries, for example, are very high in antioxidants, which are believed to stem the effects of free radicals in the body, slowing the aging process. Bananas are high in potassium. Oranges are known to be a great source of vitamin C.

Other ingredients that often go into a smoothie include milk, juices, yogurt and sometimes cream or ice cream. These are the ‘danger areas’ where a healthy smoothie can go bad – let’s look at some of the considerations you need to make here.

Unhealthy Smoothie Recipes-Ingredients
Still asking, “Is a smoothie healthy?” You should be asking, “Is my smoothie healthy?” When it comes to ingredients like milk or yogurt, you want to go for a low-fat option. Avoid juices that are high in sugar content, and opt for natural fruit juices whenever possible. Remember that an excessive sugar intake can be just as bad for your health and weight as too much saturated fat.

Of course, you’re allowed to indulge yourself now and then – every good diet has room for treats. Just don’t go drinking smoothies full of ice cream and telling yourself it’s good for you – adding a little ice cream is fine now and then, but shouldn’t be a regular occurrence.

Healthy Smoothie Recipes

Nut Smoothie
2 Cup plain yogurt
1 Cup 100% orange juice
1 Cup grapes, seedless
1 banana, cut in chunks
12 walnuts or almonds
1/2 Cup grape nuts or bran cereal
Add ingredients to blender and blend until smooth.

 

Fiber Smoothie
1 Cup blueberries
1 Cup strawberries
1 Cup soymilk
dash of cinnamon
2 Tablespoons wheat germ
Add ingredients to blender and blend until smooth.

 

Banana Blueberry Smoothie
2 bananas, cut in chunks
1 Cup blueberries
1 Cup low fat vanilla or banana yogurt
Blend ingredients until smooth.

 

Peach Raspberry Smoothie
1 Cup apple juice
1 Cup raspberry yogurt
1 peach, cut in slices
1/2 Cup raspberries
5-6 ice cubes
Blend ingredients until smooth.

 

Protein Smoothie
2 Cups skim milk or soymilk
1 banana, cut in chunks
5 walnuts, pecans or almonds
1/4 Cup whey protein
Add ingredients to blender and blend until smooth.

 

Juice Smoothie
by Challie Sipp (Hermiston)
1 cup of orange juice
1 cup of apple juice
1 banana in slices
1/2 of yogurt or milk
2 tablespoons of honey or sugar
Blend.
Healthy Start Smoothie
2 Cups orange juice 100% or other flavor juice
1 banana, cut in chunks
2 Cups vanilla or plain yogurt
5-6 strawberries
1/4 Cup wheat germ
1 Tablespoon honey
Add ingredients to blender and blend until smooth.

 

Almond Bran Smoothie
by Erin (Canada)
1 Cup of yogurt
1 banana
1 Handful All-Bran
2 Tablespoons Almonds
2 Handfuls of any berries(strawberries,blueberries or raspberries)
1 Tablespoon Honey (optional)
1/2 cup Milk

Add everything to the blender and blend until desired. This smoothie this good for breakfast.

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