Smoothies are a go-to for many of us looking for something quick and healthy. Whether you're in need of a grab-and-go breakfast or a fuss-free snack, smoothies are a great option that can satisfy even the pickiest of eaters.
With that said, not all smoothies are created equally. Loading up on high-sugar fruit and juices or adding lots of sweeteners can result in a less than healthy offering. Instead, try to balance the different elements in your smoothie when aiming for something that will keep you fuller for longer. Mixing both fruits and vegetables can result in a higher fibre content, while still maintaining a sweet taste. Additionally, including items like nuts, milk and yogurt can boost the protein and healthy fat content, helping you to feel fuller throughout the day.
1. Avocado & strawberry
This creamy avocado & strawberry smoothie is a great choice for a high calcium breakfast. Not only is it low in calories, but the addition of avocado and natural yogurt add protein and healthy fats to keep you satisfied throughout a busy morning.
2. Minty pineapple
If you're looking for a smoothie that packs a serious nutrition punch, then this minty pineapple blend has you covered. Combining oats and linseeds for healthy fats and fibre, the addition of spinach offers a whole host of minerals and antioxidants, without the strong flavour of some green vegetables.
3. Vitamin booster
This sunshine smoothie is like a multivitamin in a glass. Combining orange, carrot, celery and mango, it strikes the perfect balance between fruit and vegetables in a blend. While the fruits provide all the sweet, juiciness you'd expect from a smoothie, the vegetables boost the fibre so you're less inclined to experience a sharp spike in blood sugar like some sweeter varieties.
4. Green avocado
Everyone needs a great green smoothie recipe in their repertoire, right? Look no further than this green avocado smoothie which combines a plethora of greens including kale, spinach and avocado. Coconut water and cucumber offer super hydration, while pineapple provides a sweet fruitiness to balance the vegetables.
5. Heart helper
This smoothie is a wonderful option if you're looking for a way to boost your fruit and vegetable intake. You might struggle to consume two whole beetroot, an apple, blueberries and ginger separately throughout the day, but combined in this smoothie, they offer a sweet and refreshing drink to keep you going when you meet that mid-morning or afternoon slump. Not only are blueberries and ginger filled with antioxidants, but beetroot is beneficial in supporting healthy blood pressure too!
6. Acai bowl
If you're looking for something a little more substantial, why not give this delicious acai bowl a try? Combining frozen berries, bananas and antioxidant rich acai powder, this fruity bowl packs a nutritious punch. Try it for dessert or as a healthier sweet snack.
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This article was published on 7th March 2022.
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