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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?


Coconut water, especially after a workout!


04/26/2013 - 10:11pm

A banana (usually half) always makes for a creamier smoothie. I typically use half fresh and half frozen fruit. The frozen fruit thickens it up and slows down my consumption. An added tablespoon of chia & flax seeds to ensure some fibre! :)


04/29/2013 - 11:17pm

I make my smoothie with the following: 7 oz Ensure High Protein Shake, 1/2 cup Fresh strawberries, 1/2 Banana, 2 Tbsp Crushed Pineapple, 2 Tbsl Flax Seed, and 4 oz Greek Non fat Yogurt. Put it in a Blender and you will just love it. I do not put any type of sugar, as it is not needed. Sometimes I freeze the berries and banana so that I feel like I am enjoying a milk shake. Try it. You will love it.


05/10/2013 - 1:06pm

Since retiring 6 years ago I've gotten into long distance swimming as my fitness regime. I swim 2000 meters non stop on MWF and have experienced some wonderful results. I've found that having a homemade smoothie on those 3 days a week a hour or so before my swim works quite well and I'm not ravenous after the swim either. If I eat even a light breakfast or brunch it can affect the comfort of my mid afternoon swim whereas having a smoothie doesn't. I had my gall bladder taken out some years ago so digesting takes a bit longer it seems.

I make a two serving smoothie, for my wife and I, which typically consists of 2 cups of non fat milk, 2 frozen bananas, 10 frozen strawberries, one cup of banana-strawberry non fat yogurt and 4 packs of Splenda to sweeten it up. It all comes to less than 400 calories a serving and is quite tasty!

When wifey isn't in a smoothie mood I often make one with ingredients she's not fond of...
frozen peach slices and frozen mango slices with a cup of non fat milk and a cup of non fat peach yogurt with 2 packs of Splenda. Its YUMMY!

I am 66 years old and a 3 heart attack/double bypass survivor due to bad genes from Mom. My last heart attack was 11 years ago. I'm 5'7 and 168 and can run up stairs and have more energy than my 25 year old son. He even admits dad is in better shape! It takes me about 45 minutes to swim the 2K.


05/17/2013 - 1:24am

This is a GR8 veggie/fruit blend that provides many necessary nutrients and vitamins. Use organic produce and filtered water to keep it as fresh and wholesome as possible.
Cut the following into pieces that your blender will easily pulverize - stronger blenders can handle larger 'chunks', smaller, less powerful blenders may need to have smaller 'chunks' to start. Start with first 4-5 ingredients with enough water to blend completely. Add remaining ingredients and enough water and blend to your favorite consistency. Use in 2 days. May be halved or quartered....add or sub in new ingredients!

1 med. beet
2 med. carrots
2 stalks celery
1 whole lemon - unpeeled
1/2 cucumber - unpeeled
1 med. banana
1 med. avocado
1/2 med. apple
2-3 leaves kale
2 cups spinach (or about 1/2 bag)
1/4 bunch Italian parsley
3+ cups filtered water


05/17/2013 - 1:44am

Fresh Frozen strawberries, fresh frozen pinnaple, a little OJ, protein powder with spirulina, vanilla flavor Dasani non fat yogurt a little bottled water


05/17/2013 - 5:20am

Pasnips also are fine in a smoothie...they are very similar to carrots


05/17/2013 - 6:56am

Hi guys,

I think smoothies should be someting special to enjoy and not something you use for proper nutrition, after all - chewing is most important for many reasons. Therefore I like a bit of ice cream in my smoothie now and then.


05/17/2013 - 8:17am

small banana, 1/2 C frozen blueberries, 1/2 C nonfat plain greek yogurt, 1/2 C orange juice


05/17/2013 - 8:25am

Favorite: 2% milk, peanut butter and a banana. Great.


05/17/2013 - 8:42am

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