Smoothies

These days, smoothies are everywhere! You can find them in the mall, at fast-food restaurants, and even in coffee shops. They are a very quick and convenient way to pack a ton of nutrients, carbohydrates and protein in your diet to keep you going through the day. This is especially helpful if you have trouble eating healthy, which is difficult to do when you are always on the go.

Smoothies can also be a great way to eat the fruits or vegetables that you don’t like or normally wouldn’t eat on their own. Spinach is a great example of this. We know that not everyone likes this leafy green, but we’ll share a little secret with you: when put in a smoothie, you can barely taste it! Now we’re talking, right?! A lot of fruits actually overpower the flavor of the whole drink, a definite bonus in our eyes.

However, there are so many smoothie recipes out there that it is tough to choose. Well fear not friends, we’d like to share a killer smoothie recipe that will not lead you astray.

Below are the ingredients:

  • ½ cup of non-fat milk

  • ½ cup of plain yogurt

  • 1 banana

  • 1 teaspoon of honey

  • ½ cup of strawberries (fresh or frozen)

  • 1/3 cup of spinach

  • 3 pieces of ice (if you’d like a thicker/chilled smoothie)

If you mix all of these together in a blender for a minute or two, you have a perfect basic smoothie that you can drink on the go or while you are relaxing at home.

Now, if you aren’t a fan of some of those ingredients, you can definitely use this recipe as a basic guideline and throw in different combinations.  For example, swap the strawberries and banana with different kinds of fruit. You could also add almond or soy milk instead of regular milk for a little bit different flavor or if you are lactose intolerant.

We also have a secret for all you chocolate lovers out there! If you like to put protein powder in your smoothie, try adding chocolate flavored powder to your smoothie with a dash of cinnamon. Those are a perfect pair if you are looking to have a healthy, but dessert flavored smoothie.

As you can see, smoothies are a great way to enjoy a quick meal or snack on the go. They allow you enjoy a variety of flavors while being healthier than grabbing fast food.  On top of that, one purposely healthy action makes it more likely that you’ll do other healthy things throughout the day.  So try it out for yourself, and have fun creating combinations of your own!

Photo via Mitch Altman