Smoothies are everywhere: in Shopping center, at fast-food restaurants, in coffee shops. But for the most part, those smoothies might be better termed fruit milkshakes. Stuffed with sugar, frozen yogurt, even ice cream, they do more harm than good. But made properly, smoothies condense large amounts of fruits and vegetables into one compact and very tasty drink. Just two go-to smoothie recipes won’t do, though. Plants are most nutrient-dense at peak season. So when putting together a smoothie, try to use the freshest organic ingredients from the garden or farmers’ market. When something is in season, it packs the healthiest punch.
1. Invest in a blender with at least an 800-watt motor.
2. Prepare frozen fruit ahead to save time. Cut and freeze on a baking sheet, then transfer to a freezer bag or container.
3. Frozen bananas go a long way. Peel, slice, and freeze them. This go-to smoothie recipe ingredient adds thickness without taking over other flavors.
Smoothie Recipe Add-Ins
Keep these smoothie staples on hand for an easy and intense nutrition boost:
Vegan protein source with a mild, nutty flavor.
Rich in fiber, protein, and omega-3s.
One gram of dietary fiber per tablespoon.
Use shelled seeds for a boost of copper, magnesium, and selenium.
Fiber-loaded and protein-rich to control blood sugar; take on flavor of other ingredients.