Smoothly make smoothies healthy

By Cody Frank

Smoothies are the trend these days. The majority of food places sells smoothies and we the consumers love to buy them. Unfortunately, the majority of smoothies are loaded with sugar and could be called fruit milkshakes. These smoothies can actually do more harm than good. Made properly, smoothies condense large amounts of fruits and vegetables into one compact and very tasty drink. When creating a smoothie use the freshest organic ingredients from the farmers’ market or garden. Plants are most nutrient-dense at peak season and will give you the most health benefits. Below are some healthy smoothy recipes you can do at home.

Honeydew-Kiwifruit Smoothie

  • 2 cups  cubed honeydew
  • 1 small Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored, and cut up
  • 1 kiwifruit, peeled and cut up
  • 2 – 3 tablespoons  sugar
  • 1 tablespoon  lemon juice
  • 1 cup  ice cubes
  • Honeydew and/or kiwifruit slices
  • Combine ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.

Strawberry Mango Smoothie

  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 banana, peeled, sliced, and frozen
  • 1 mango, skinned and chunked
  • 5 large strawberries, hulled
  • Combine ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.

Stone Fruit Smoothie

  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 plum, pit removed, flesh roughly chopped
  • 1 peach, pit removed, flesh roughly chopped
  • 1 nectarine, pit removed, flesh roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen
  • Combine ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon agave syrup
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 apple, cored
  • Dried cranberries
  • Combine all ingredients except cranberries in blender and blend until smooth.
  • Top with cranberries.

Greens Smoothie

  • 1/4 cup carrot juice
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 cup roughly chopped kale, ribs removed
  • 4 small broccoli florets, sliced and frozen
  • 1 banana, peeled, sliced, and frozen
  • 1 appled, cored and roughly chopped
  • Combine ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.

Peanut Butter & Banana Smoothie

  • 10 ounces  skim milk or plain soy milk
  • 1 tablespoon  natural peanut butter
  • 1 medium banana
  • Combine ingredients in blender and blend until smooth

Thank you to Organic Gardening, Fitness Magazine and Women’s Health for the above information.

Cover Photo via FitNu Health
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