Healthy smoothies are one of the fastest and easiest ways to get optimum nutrition for your body. Unfortunately, it can also load you up with too much sugar and calories. Here are five tips to keep in mind to keep your smoothies truly healthy.
It goes without saying but you should always use good food for healthy smoothies. Using all natural and organic ingredients will do wonders for your body. Just imagine all the pesticides and other harmful substances that’ll make their way into your smoothies!
Avoiding processed fruits, vegetables and other items is also best. When it comes to healthy smoothies, fresh is always best.
Yogurt give smoothies a thicker consistency. That means you won’t have to add more water to get the texture you want. However, the advantage of water is that it can help you find the consistency that you're llooking for when added to your ingredients. Water also have zero calories in itself and will help fill you up.
Fruit smoothies are delicious but they’re not always healthy. Fruits contain fructose, aka fruit sugar, which can affect your body negatively if not limited. A study found that fructose can harm the body by increasing body fat and decreasing physical activity.
But with proper fruit portioning, you can keep your sugar intake at safe levels and still get the good side of fruits: fiber, vitamins and minerals. Doing so will definitely make healthy smoothies.
Smoothies can be low-calorie, high-protein or however way you like it. The optimum smoothie calorie count is between 300 and 400 calories. But during the morning rush or when you’ve just come home from work, it’s very easy to go overboard that calorie count!
Always take time to plan out your healthy smoothies for the week. Plan smoothie ingredients and portions on a weekend and place them in individual resealable bags instead of popping random fruits and vegetables into your blender in a hurry.
Finally, a good blender is essential to making healthy smoothies. The last thing you want is to have nasty substances leaking into your supposedly healthy smoothies or blenders that stop working after one use! There are tons of blenders out there so pick the right one according to your lifestyle. If you’re always on the go, we recommend a portable blender which is light enough to take anywhere!