Nutritional Benefits of a Healthy Smoothie Recipe
A healthy pineapple smoothie recipe makes one of the most nutritious — and delicious — meals imaginable. Healthy fruit smoothies are loaded with phytonutrients, vitamins, minerals and enzymes that come in a whole-food form.
Healthy smoothies retain the fiber from the fruits and vegetables you use. The fiber works to improve digestion and helps your body naturally rid itself of toxins. Fiber also helps you feel more satisfied, and maintains that feeling longer.
In addition, when fruits and vegetables are blended, the plant fibers are broken down just like when you chew them; the blender literally does most of the “chewing” for you. Breaking down food more thoroughly means that you'll absorb more of the nutrients.
Pineapples Make a Great Ingredient for Healthy Smoothies!
Pineapples are second only to bananas as America's favorite tropical fruit, and are a popular choice for healthy fruit smoothie recipes.
Pineapples have exceptional juiciness and a tropical flavor that is both sweet and tart. They're high in manganese and vitamin C, as well as a protein-digestive enzyme called bromelain. Bromelain has been studied for its beneficial digestion and anti-inflammatory properties.
Fresh pineapple that has been cut up should be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container. It will stay fresher and retain more taste and juiciness if you also place some of the juice from the pineapple in the container. Although pineapple can be frozen, this will cause it to lose some of its flavor.
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Many smoothie recipes are relatively low in protein, so they're not complete meals by themselves. The easy solution is to add a protein source to any healthy smoothie recipe.
The simplest way to do this is by adding a couple of raw organic eggs to your basic recipe. Raw eggs won't change the taste of your smoothie at all, and the argument that they're bad for you because of the cholesterol content is just not true. Eggs are one of the most beneficial foods you can eat, especially when consumed raw.
can also increase the protein content of your healthy smoothie recipe by adding a protein powder. Be
sure to use a high quality product; most cheap protein powders are excessively heat-processed and aren't really good for you.
There are many other ways to transform your ordinary smoothie recipe into one with enhanced nutritional value. You can add superfood powders, healthy fats, herbs, spices and extra fiber. My complete guide to making a smoothie has lots of tips and tricks to make your smoothie better.
Whenever a smoothie recipe calls for milk, I recommend you use any type of non-dairy
milk product instead — there are many different ones to choose from: hemp, almond, soy, rice,
etc. These are healthier alternatives to dairy foods, and are extremely easy to keep on hand, since they have a rather long shelf life.
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