Is there a more delicious way to beat the summer heat than blending up a bunch of fresh fruit to make a healthy smoothie? That’s as good as it gets in our book, and not just because it’s the perfect way to chill out. A milkshake will cool you down just as effectively as a smoothie, but it’s just dessert in a glass. A tall glass of sweet tea is refreshing, but those are empty calories. The magic of the smoothie is that you can pack it with nutrients without sacrificing flavor.
So when we here at BerryBreeze™ make a healthy smoothie, we really do focus on the word “healthy.” We use it as a way to eat organic local fruits. Sneaking a few nutritious veggies into a smoothie is always a great food tip. And we also like to pump up the protein, fiber and antioxidants in our smoothies with a few special additions. To make a delicious snack that’s good for you too, see how creative you can get with the following 10 ingredients.
10 Add-Ins To Make a Healthy Smoothie Even Healthier
1. Kale and spinach. If you’ve never tried a green smoothie, you’re in for a real treat. Spinach and kale both provide folate, iron, fiber, calcium and vitamins A, C and K. And because neither has a particularly bold flavor, you’ll be surprised at how much your smoothie still tastes like a smoothie.
2. Ginger. You’ll add pleasant zing to your favorite frosty beverage with a little ginger. It also brings a bevy of medicinal health benefits, because it has anti-inflammatory, immune-boosting and digestion-aiding properties.
3. Wheat germ. Everybody knows this one, but let’s remind ourselves once again why wheat germ is such a great smoothie additive. Wheat germ is the embryonic portion of a wheat kernel, and one tablespoon of the stuff will add a gram of fiber, almost 2 grams of protein and only 25 calories to your smoothie.
4. Matcha. Our favorite food tip for adding antioxidants to your smoothie is a spoonful of matcha, a powdered green tea. Matcha has more than 10 times the amount of antioxidants as other green teas. It also boosts your metabolism, helping you shed pounds more easily.
5. Pomegranate juice. If you’re hesitant to sign up for a tea-based smoothie, you’ve got other options for some extra antioxidant content. Pomegranate juice is your best bet, and it’ll also provide high amounts of vitamin C and folic acid.
6. Avocado. An avocado is a fantastic way to add healthy monounsaturated fats to your diet. You’ll also get a dose of potassium and fiber, and it makes for an especially creamy smoothie.
7. Broccoli. When you eat organic broccoli, you’re getting lots of vitamin A, vitamin C and folate. Get a powerful blender and add one or two cups of this cruciferous veggie. It mixes well with the fruit sugars, so you won’t even know it’s in your smoothie.
8. Flaxseeds. Ground flaxseeds are a fantastic source of EPA and DHA, and if you’re making smoothies, they sure beat the other primary source of omega-3’s. Banana-salmon smoothies have yet to catch on.
9. Kefir. Kefir is a fermented milk product. It contains healthy bacteria (like yogurt does) and beneficial yeast organisms. You’ll also get a lot of calcium, but without all the lactose. The next time you make a healthy smoothie, add a pleasantly tangy flavor with a little kefir.
10. Nut butters. Sure, a bit of peanut butter is going to make your smoothie taste like a real comfort food, but the unsaturated fats, fiber, protein and potassium make it a particularly healthy flavor booster. Don’t forget other nut butters: almonds, hazelnuts and cashews are all nutritious and delicious.
Our favorite food tip for people who want to make a healthy smoothie is simple: focus on quality ingredients. If you add organic fruits and veggies to your smoothie, you’re going to max out the nutritive benefits. You’ll also need to make sure that everything you mix in is fresh – as your produce ages, vital nutrients are lost. Before you know it, those leafy greens and broccoli florets provide no real health benefits because they’re past the natural “use-by” date.
There’s no simpler way to keep food fresh than BerryBreeze™. Your fridge will be a clean machine, as activated oxygen from BerryBreeze™ fights bacteria, mold and other microbes. That stops decomposition in its tracks and helps to keep your fruits and veggies as fresh and nutritious as possible. Everything that goes into your blender will be as good as fresh-picked. Plus, you’ll waste less food and keep your family safe from foodborne illness. Nutritious smoothies are the icing on the organic, environmentally friendly, health-boosting BerryBreeze™ cake!
Let us know your favorite ways to make a healthy smoothie in the comments section.