These 9 healthy smoothie recipe boosters will make any smoothie more nutritious!
Smoothies can be excellent for breakfast, lunch, snacks, or desserts and are a simple way to increase nutrition in your diet. They provide a convenient way to add more fruits and vegetables if you struggle to incorporate enough into your daily routine.
Additionally, they are easy to make. And smoothies are ripe for a boost of healthy ingredients – simply blend them in!
My kids and I make smoothies every weekend for breakfast or a snack. I find them quick, simple, and easy to clean up. So, this type of recipe fits my definition of “healthy eating made easy.”
I’ve been making smoothies for 20 years and have tried it all. (See the “Resources” section at the bottom for my favorite blender.)
It is easy to add any number of ingredients to your smoothies; add fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds, spices, herbs, and even protein powders.
Healthy Smoothie Recipe Boosting Ingredients
Choose one or more to boost any smoothie:
Spirulina is a gorgeous green powder made from dried algae. Doesn’t that sound delicious? This exceptionally nutritious food disappears when mixed in a smoothie in small amounts.
Also, spirulina contains vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants and is known to get rid of candida, lower blood pressure and cholesterol and increase energy and memory. Your regular grocery store or natural food store will carry it. If not, you can grab it online.
We have all heard about the benefits of fiber, but only half of average Americans get enough. As a reminder, it keeps you regular, supports weight loss (by helping you feel full), and is beneficial for your heart and digestion.
Whole fruits and vegetables are an easy source of fiber. But, you can add grains or seeds such as oatmeal, flaxseeds, or chia seeds.
3. Protein Powder
Protein powders are an easy way to add more protein to your smoothie, which may be high in sugar if you don’t watch it. This addition will balance out the carbohydrates that may be in your smoothies.
Plus, adding protein will turn your smoothie into a “one pot meal” – easy to make and clean up. An organic pea protein is a great non-meat option that I use weekly.
I suggest a meal smoothie contains 20-25 grams of protein, and a snack smoothie contains half that, 10-13 grams, to keep blood sugar stable.
4. Leafy Greens
Leafy greens like arugula, spinach, and kale are high in fiber, vitamins, and minerals. They also offer excellent nutrition and help keep you full longer.
If you need to ease into the transition of adding greens to your smoothies, start with mint leaves. The familiar flavor of mint is easy to incorporate as a healthy smoothie recipe boost while getting your greens.
5. Coconut Milk – The secret to creamier healthy smoothie recipes.
Make any healthy smoothie recipe thicker and creamier without a high-sugar banana. Also, add coconut milk to give your smoothie more body.
Coconut milk is creamy and nutritious and is a healthy fat. It also has a higher fat content than other non-dairy milk, so it’s better suited to make thicker smoothies. Remember, healthy fat is good. Without fat, our bodies cannot absorb vitamins A, D, and E.
Additionally, coconut milk contains lauric acid, which helps boost your immunity and fight off infections.
6. Low Sugar Fruit – My favorite Healthy Smoothie Recipe Ingredient
It’s easy to throw in large amounts of juice, a banana, and sugar-sweetened yogurt into a smoothie and end up with a sugar bomb. I prefer the sweetness of berries in my smoothies and use them most of the time.
Blueberries and Strawberries
The easiest frozen berries to find at my grocery store are blueberries and strawberries. Additionally, they are usually cheaper to buy frozen rather than fresh.
These berries contain antioxidants that help protect against aging. They also contain vitamin C and fiber.
I almost always use frozen fruit in my healthy smoothie recipes to avoid diluting the flavor with ice. Although, if ice is your only frozen choice, it does a fine job.
Flax seeds contain omega-3 fatty acids, which have been shown to reduce inflammation and improve memory and attention span.
Cinnamon is an excellent addition to blueberry and chocolate smoothies in particular. It is an anti-inflammatory and aids in blood sugar regulation.
Any healthy smoothie recipe will be boosted by you chewing it thoroughly.
Chew a smoothie? Always. It is more satisfying to chew a smoothie. Also, it helps with digestion. And, your smoothies also will last longer, allowing your body time to recognize it is full.
Try these healthy smoothie recipe combinations:
Chocolate Coconut Smoothie
-chocolate protein powder
– rolled oats (preferably soaked to reduce phytic acid)
Blueberry Vanilla Smoothie
– coconut milk
– vanilla protein powder
– frozen blueberries
Green Tea Strawberry Smoothie
– green tea, cooled (or frozen into ice cubes)
– chia seeds
– frozen strawberries
Resources for healthy smoothie recipes:
The Best Blender :
I have had my reconditioned Vitamix for over ten years. Although I bought it used on Amazon, I have never had an issue. It makes the creamiest smoothies, and I have not wasted money on several cheaper models that don’t perform.
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This blog post is for informational and educational purposes only. It is not intended to treat any health condition or to be prescriptive for anyone. Always be sure to work with your healthcare practitioner before making any changes.
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