Smoothies are everywhere; they are healthy, convenient, portable and much more than just fruit, yoghurt and ice. Smoothies can be a healthy option for breakfast, dessert or a snack and when made right can be packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, protein, healthy fats and more. The beauty of smoothies is with so many different ingredients to choose from you’ll never get bored of them and all you need is a blender. Why not try making some smoothies for yourself by following these five easy steps:
Choose at least two pieces of fruit (either fresh or frozen) from the following list to add to your smoothie and remember the greener the smoothie the healthier it is for you. Fruit options: Banana, apple, pear, berries, pineapple, kiwi, watermelon, peach, cherries, mango, avocado, spinach, kale, beet, greens or dandelion greens.
Add 1-2 cups of liquid to your smoothie. The more juice your chosen fruit has the less liquid you will require. Liquid options: Almond milk, fruit juice, iced green tea, coconut water/milk or water.
3. Thicken It Up
Make your smoothie more nutritious and creamy by adding some of the following: Peanut butter, yoghurt, frozen yoghurt, ice cubes, chia seeds or oats.
4. Flavour It
Add some of the following spices, herbs or sweeteners to give your smoothie flavour without the calories: Vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, figs, maple syrup, mint, basil or honey.
5. Power Boost It
Add some nutritious super foods to your smoothie to get the real health benefits. Super food options: Fish oil, sprouts, ground flaxseeds, vitamin powder, protein powder, goji berries or wheatgrass.