With the right blend of ingredients, a smoothie can be a nutritional powerhouse—full of antioxidants, minerals, vitamins, and protein. Just a few misguided add-ins, however, and you’ve got a high-calorie, sugar-laden dessert on your hands. To ensure your blend is both delicious and nutritious, follow these simple smoothie tips.
DON’T: Throw everything into the blender.
It’s easy to think of a smoothie as a free-for-all, tossing in handfuls and drizzles of various ingredients. But this carefree method is destined for danger, adding calories, sugar, and fat to your drink.
DO: Measure your ingredients.
Measuring ingredients will keep the nutrition stats in check, while also ensuring a good solid-to-liquid ratio.
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Think about liquid.
DON'T: Add fruit juice.
The liquid component of a smoothie is essential—it’s what helps the ingredients blend with ease. Fruit juice is a popular choice, but using it can load your smoothie with sugar.
DO: Use Greek yogurt or coconut milk.
Plain low-fat Greek yogurt and light coconut milk are optimal choices for creating healthy, creamy smoothies. Greek yogurt provides a boost of protein, while light coconut milk adds a hit of rich flavor and creamy texture.
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DON’T: Reach straight for kale.
We’re all about adding greens to our smoothies, but don’t dive into kale right away. If you start with such a bitter green, you may be tempted to pile on too much sugar.
DO:Start with spinach.
It’s easy to mask the flavor of spinach, making it the perfect choice for green-smoothie starters. Once you’ve acquired a taste for greens, begin branching out to kale or parsley.