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How to Make a Healthy Smoothie: Best Smoothie Ingredients & 10 to Ditch

By Breana Lai, M.P.H., R.D., December 16, 2016 - 9:57am

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Breana asks: What do you put in your smoothie?


Green smoothie:
spinach, apple, cucumber and frozen pineapple, a little non sugar apple juice or orange juice and ice water.

Dessert smoothie:
frozen banana, unsweetened vanilla almond milk, natural peanut butter, organic cacao powder. or if you want sweeter, use dark chocolate almond milk (use sparingly, 17 gr. of sugar per serving)

Breakfast smoothie:
spinach, frozen blueberries & strawberries, banana, almond milk and a ground blend of cacao, maca, goji and chia (made by Nutribullet)

I would like to know what people d about the foam when making a green smoothie with a high speed blender.


05/01/2014 - 1:30pm

Natural apple juice
Plain Greek yogurt
Costco Frozen fruit mix (strawberry, mango, guava, pineapple)
1 scoop protein powder


05/01/2014 - 1:39pm

Your page has been a source of healthy help for my post baby weightloss.i have been on a diet of smoothie for a month now.i ditched spinach because i read that it increases kidney stones (which ive just treated)kindly let me know if this smoothie is healthy or advice on a healthier choice.
Carrot juice(extracted),pineapple,banana,raspberry,strawberry,blueberry,papaya,orange juice(extracted.
Thank you.


05/01/2014 - 3:59pm

Greek yogurt, kale, ground flaxseed, Mixed frozen fruit green tea or almond milk


05/01/2014 - 4:07pm

Kale, spinach,Apple, almond milk, China seeds,wheat germ, protein powder.


05/01/2014 - 7:05pm

I use
Water, organic integral oats,,Green tea (the hole bag), linen sead, ginger, cucumber, Green Apple, lemons orange juice, a mix of Green leafe ( spinich, celery, cilantro ,brocoly,colifolwer) and abocado.
Do not peall anithing! welll maybe only the abocado..sorry for my Inglish..yo soy española!


05/01/2014 - 8:41pm

Coconut water, frozen kale, frozen silverbeet, parsley,frozen pineapple,cucumber, spirulina, wheatgrass, hemp protein powder.


05/01/2014 - 11:25pm

I put in 3 cups coconut water, 1/4 lemon with rind, 1/2 carrot, chia seeds, hemp seeds, flax oil, stevia/agave....then about 1 pound of greens...then 2 bananas....then about 1.5 cups of fruit.


05/01/2014 - 11:35pm

Bananas, plain Greek yogurt, avocado , cinnamon, almond milk 30 calories vanilla. Super good!


05/01/2014 - 11:55pm

I love this one that I created for a healthy to-go breakfast:
1 c - plain unsweetened almond milk
1 ea - small very ripe banana
1 ea - very ripe small avocado
1 ring - fresh pineapple cut up (or 1 ring canned in its own juice)
2-3 tbsp - wheat germ
2 tsp - agave nectar or local honey

Buzz everything together until smooth and enjoy!
322 calories, healthy fats, slow burning carbs and great fiber!
Keeps me full and energizes all morning!


05/02/2014 - 1:22am

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