Healthy smoothie recipes can produce meals that are the most nutrient-dense you can make. They're also just about the quickest, too! The secret to a healthy smoothie recipe is knowing which ingredients to use — and which to avoid.
Healthy smoothies contain only natural, whole foods, in a form that's easily digested and assimilated. They're loaded with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and enzymes. The good news is that anyone can make perfectly delicious and healthy smoothies. It's easy to experiment and substitute ingredients to suit your taste, using your favorite beverage, fruits and vegetables.
The most common liquids people use to make smoothies are milk, yogurt, fruit juice, soy milk or some type of nut milk. Of all these choices, dairy-substitutes such as rice milk, hemp milk, coconut milk and almond milk are your healthiest ones, unless you use plain water. The only objection I can make about them is that they're factory-made, packaged beverages — essentially, processed foods.
Make your own healthy smoothie starter!
If you have one of the more powerful blenders such as the BlendTec or VitaMix, you can make the freshest and healthiest smoothie starters in the world. They're easier to make than you'd think — and it only takes a couple of minutes.
You can use either of these as a substitute for milk in any healthy smoothie recipe — or drink them as is. They only keep for a few days in the refrigerator, but because they're so quick to make, it hardly matters.
Combine in your blender:
Blend until smooth and strain through a nylon-mesh nut bag to remove the almond meal. Sweeten with stevia, if desired.
Combine in your blender:
Pre-soak dried, shredded coconut in water to soften it up (optional). Blend until smooth and strain out the coconut meal with a nylon-mesh nut bag.
About Stevia. If you want to add some type of sweetener to your smoothie recipe, I recommend using stevia.
Stevia is an herbal extract that's many times sweeter than sugar, so you only need a small amount. It comes in powder, liquid or tablet form and has no calories. Stevia also does not raise blood sugar levels and is safe for diabetics. It's probably the healthiest sweetener you can get.
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Transform your ordinary healthy smoothie recipe into one with superior nutritional value, protein and fiber content by using these tricks.
Boost the Protein Content of Your Healthy Breakfast Smoothie
Adding a quality source of protein turns your smoothie into a complete meal. I recommend raw organic eggs or a protein powder made from hemp, rice, peas or whey.
Hemp protein powder is a great way to add healthy omega 3 fats and fiber to your smoothie as well.
Undenatured whey is another excellent source of protein for your smoothies. Both whey and hemp protein are very mild tasting; the hemp powder is not as concentrated and will thicken up your smoothie quite a bit more than the whey protein will.
I don't recommend using cheap protein powders, especially any with artificial ingredients. The whey protein should be cold-processed (undenatured) and derived from grass-fed cows, free of hormones and chemicals. Cold-processing whey protects the nutrients in their natural state.
Increase the Antioxidant Content of Your Healthy Breakfast Smoothie
Green superfood powders like chlorella and spirulina make any smoothie a super-nutritious green smoothie. They give you the equivalent of several full-size servings of dark green leafy vegetables in just one tablespoon.
Superfood supplements like maca root, raw cacao, hemp, flax, chia seeds and others increase the antioxidant content and nutritional benefits of your smoothie in their own unique ways.
Antioxidant superfruits like acai, goji, mangosteen and noni, available as concentrated juices or powders, add lots more antioxidants and a natural fruit sweetness to your smoothies.
There are many great reasons for using superfood products.
Coconut Oil gives your healthy smoothie a richer, creamier texture. It has many healthy properties that provide benefits for your heart, immune system, digestive tract, hair and skin. Coconut oil contains a rare medium-chain fatty acid called lauric acid, also found in breast milk. Because coconut oil solidifies below a temperature of 76 degrees F, it doesn't work as well in cold smoothies.
Herbs and spices
like cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves have higher concentrations of
antioxidants than any fruit or vegetable, and add a warm flavor to your
healthy smoothie recipe. Just a half teaspoon or so of these spices
contains as much antioxidant power as a full serving of most fruits or
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