When you think of a smoothie, you probably imagine some blend of fruit, yogurt, ice and maybe some juice. Of course, fruit smoothies are delicious and nutritious, but sticking to fruit and dairy only can deprive you of many healthy (and tasty) blender opportunities!
Move over, strawberry banana – there are some new smoothie recipes on the block that might make the blender a permanent fixture in your life!
Okay, technically an avocado IS a fruit, but it’s not your average smoothie addition. You won’t even mind the green hue this ingredient gives your smoothie once you taste the supremely creamy texture it provides. Use it in addition to or in place of yogurt in almost any of your favorite fruit smoothies. It tastes especially good with mangoes.
As tasty as it is, you can also feel good knowing you are enjoying a fantastic source of fiber, potassium, vitamin E, B-vitamins and folic acid. Plus, they enable the body to absorb more fat-soluble nutrients like beta-carotene and lutein from the other foods eaten with the avocado – making those berries and other fruits work overtime!
You might not be looking for a crunch in your beverage-snack, but what about omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin E, potassium and manganese? When you blend nuts into your smoothie, you get the delicious taste of your favorite varieties – whether pistachios, hazelnuts, almonds or walnuts – plus some amazing health benefits. The protein in nuts makes your smoothie extra filling, too! Almonds are great with cherries, raspberries and blueberries, while pistachios are great with avocados, peaches and mangoes. Truly, almost any nut you enjoy will give great flavor and even better health benefits to your next smoothie. Try using nut butters for a nice, smooth blend.
Dark, leafy greens
Talk about a smoothie with superpowers! We all know that dark, leafy greens like spinach and kale are good for us, but you don’t have to eat salads for every meal to reap the health benefits.
Whether you buy it fresh or frozen, kale and spinach are wonderful additions to otherwise-fruity smoothies. Add a half cup to a smoothie for a fantastic source of vitamin K, C and A, as well as manganese, folate and iron. When these greens are mixed with the rest of your fruits, you really can’t even taste them!
Add all three of these “weird” ingredients to your next fruit smoothie for a truly wholesome snack that will boost your energy levels, your immune system and nourish your entire body.