Sensational Summer Smoothies: 3 Healthy Recipes
Summer is here, and it’s a great opportunity to pick up your green smoothie habit. It’s common for your taste preferences to change with the seasons, and during the winter time, you probably craved more grounding and warm meals. Now that it’s the summer, it’s time to enjoy lighter and fresher foods.
If you tend to be someone who rushes in the morning, a smoothie might be the perfect breakfast for your on-the-go schedule. Once you have the ingredients, your smoothie routine will take less than five minutes to complete.
Keep in mind, though, that not just any smoothie will do the trick. Many smoothies that you find at restaurants and smoothie bars are packed with fruit juice, fruit, yogurt, or ice cream. When you add all of this up, you have a sugar bomb instead of a nutrient-dense booster. If you make your smoothies at home, you can have more control over the ingredients.
Adding one smoothie per day to your diet is a great way to pack healthy nutrients into one meal (or snack). You can get your fruit, vegetables, protein, and healthy fats all in one beverage.
If you’re new to the smoothie world, don’t feel overwhelmed. Here is a basic guide on how to Build Your Own Smoothie (BYOS):
1. Choose a Low-Sugar, Non-Dairy Liquid Base
Start by choosing your favorite liquid. Some great choices include:
- Unsweetened almond milk
- Unsweetened coconut milk
- Coconut water
2. Pick a Fruit (Fresh or Frozen)
Be sure to pay attention to how much fruit you add to your smoothies. Even though fruit is healthy, it contains natural sugars that can add up really quickly. Choose between ½ cup to 1 cup of fruit depending on your blood sugar levels and health goals. If you are pre-diabetic or diabetic, make sure to stick to the lower sugar fruits like berries or green apples. Some delicious fruit options include:
- Green apples
3. Add a Healthy Fat for Increased Satiety
Adding some type of healthy fat to your smoothie will help keep you full for longer and increase the nutrient value of your smoothie. Healthy fats typically have a high level of Omega-3 fatty acids, which are helpful for reducing your risk of inflammation, auto-immune disease, and heart health. Some options for your smoothie are:
- Natural almond butter
- Hemp seeds
- Chia seeds
- Flaxseed oil
- Coconut oil
- Coconut butter