How to Make a Healthy Smoothie 3 Ways
Learn how to make a smoothie healthy and delicious without extra sugar and calories. Learn which ingredients to avoid, healthy ingredients to use and how to make 3 healthy smoothie recipes for a veggie-packed Green Smoothie and fresh fruit smoothie recipes.
I'm going to show you how to make a healthy smoothie. Smoothies are a great way to get more fruits and vegetables in your diet but, if you're not careful, they can be surprisingly high in calories. So, you want to limit less-healthy ingredients such as full-fat dairy, sorbet, sherbet and sugar-sweetened juices. I'm going to show you some healthy ingredients you can use in any smoothie, and give you three healthy smoothie recipes to try. First up, Thermos-Ready Smoothie. This dairy-free smoothie has protein from tofu, which helps keep you full, then we add berries, which are high in antioxidants, then banana, which gives it a nice creamy texture, and apple juice. Then blend it all together until it's smooth. Next up, Green Smoothie. Place bananas, pear or apple, orange juice, water and ice cubes in the blender. Now, add kale and you get your daily dose of dark green veggies from that. Then, add flaxseeds, which provide omega-3s which are important for heart health and can help keep your blood pressure down. Pulse it a few times, then puree until smooth. Scrape down the sides if you need to. And with a touch of sweetness from bananas and pears, this tastes amazing. You'd never know there was kale in here. Finally, the Creamsicle Breakfast Smoothie. Start with no-sugar-added coconut water. It has electrolytes, which are important for muscle function. Then, add thick yogurt, which adds protein and bone-building calcium. Add mango, orange juice concentrate and ice and blend until smooth. This one tastes amazing. Creamy and orangey like a creamsicle. For these recipes and more healthy recipes, come to eatingwell.com.