How A Simple Recipe For Smoothies Can Be Healthy

Smoothies can be one of the healthiest foods that you can eat. They can also, in the wrong hands, be one of the worst foods you can eat. If you are used to getting smoothies from fast food joints and similar establishments that don’t have an eye on health, than you are likely to know intimately how unhealthy a smoothie can be. There’s nothing healthy about a frozen beverage that’s flavored with sugar, corn syrup and fruit concentrates, mixed with some low quality yogurt and blended with ice cubes for 30 seconds. While these establishments might bill their smoothies as healthy alternatives (and while they probably are healthier than a Big Mac) that doesn’t mean they are good for you.

If you’re going to consume smoothies regularly and stay healthy, than you’re going to need to learn how to make them yourself.

The first thing you’re going to need realize is that smoothies offer one of the best ways to consume foods or supplements that you otherwise would have a hard time choking down. This includes superfoods like flax seed oil or brewer’s yeast that taste pretty rancid on their own. By mixing them into a delicious smoothie, you’re unlikely to even notice that you are consuming them- while still getting all of their benefits.

Of course, to be able to mix in less than savory ingredients you need to make sure that you’re starting with a delicious base to begin with. Most people find that bananas form a good start for most smoothies because they add an appealing texture to the final product. Bananas provide a little bit of flavor, but overall they are more likely to take on whatever other flavors you put in there, so make sure you include something like fruit juice, agave nectar or even flavored protein powder before you start blending it all together. Other healthy and delicious additions to smoothies include peanut butter, almond butter , avocados, and fresh fruit like strawberries or oranges.

Now, not everyone is going to find the above ideas particularly appealing. Not everyone is going to want to make a smoothie that is a nutritional powerhouse and filled with green algae and spirulina and all sorts of other strange ingredients. Some people just want to make a delicious and refreshing smoothie that can make quickly and easily to replace an unhealthy breakfast. For these people, they don’t have to do anything other than throw a bunch of fresh fruit into their blender and hold down the mulch button until it all combines together into a vibrant mix. If they want to throw a scoop or two of protein powder in their all the better, but it’s not necessary to make a meal that’s better than white bread toast and coffee.

If you’re interested in some smoothie recipes to get you started, try one of the following two.

Frozen Fruit Smoothie

  • 1 whole banana (you can use frozen bananas if needed)
  • 2 cups frozen berries (you can use strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, or a bag of pre mixed berries)
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • 1 scoop vanilla or strawberry protein powder (OPTIONAL)

All you have to do is throw this into your blender, turn it on high until it reaches a smooth consistency, and then pour into a glass and enjoy!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Smoothies

  • 2 whole bananas
  • 2 scoops chocolate protein powder
  • 3 tablespoons peanut butter (or almond butter if you prefer)
  • Handful of ice cubes

Blend together for a healthy, frosty and delicious smoothie!