Smoothie became such a popular breakfast option recently. It’s easy to make, it’s quick to make and it’s a healthy breakfast option. The fact that smoothies are delicious doesn’t hurt as well.
Apart from being easy, quick and healthy smoothies are a portable breakfast. You can drink them straight away, or pack for later, take with you to eat on a train or at work. Yet another benefit.
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As with every meal, and breakfast being our focus here, we want this meal to be balanced.
What does that mean?
We want your breakfast to have all the necessary components to be a complete meal that is of utmost benefit to your health. Balanced meal provides all the energy, vitamins and other nutrients that your body needs. It’s made of clean and healthy ingredients, it has no added sugar and it makes your body healthier.
Big statement to describe a meal, I know. What does that mean in terms of a smoothie which is a throw in and blend kind of a meal?
Well, not every smoothie is equal. I’ve seen smoothies that describe themselves as healthy but are in fact a calorific sugar bomb that, yes, taste good, but besides that does more harm to your body than good.
I’m not saying that healthy smoothie is not very tasty. In the contrary, smoothies are sweet, creamy, delicious while being healthy at the same time. The key here is where is the sweetness coming from.
You just need to know what to add or what not to add to make the smoothie work for you and not against you. By work I mean make it taste good and be good for you as well.
Let’s talk about blending basics.
Try to add both protein and fat to your smoothie to make it a complete breakfast. You don’t want all carb meal that will just spike your blood sugar and make you hungry very quickly. Try adding oats, flaxseeds, avocado or nut butter to your smoothie.
Don’t add any artificial ingredients or sweeteners. Keep your smoothie as clean as possible and rely on fruit only as your sugar component. No matter how natural the sweetener claims to be it’s still added sugar. You can’t go more natural than fruit.
If you add yogurt go for all natural yogurt. Fruit or flavored yogurts are not a good option as they have added sugar in them.
Don’t use fruit juice, as your liquid base. Fruit juice, even all natural one, is loaded with sugar and is stripped of all the good fiber that comes with the fruit. You want the whole fruit, not just the juice.
For liquid base use, filtered water, milk, coconut water, kefir, or even green tea.
The one most important thing you can do to ensure your smoothie is healthy is to eat the rainbow.
Variety is the key here.
Try to think outside the box and expand your thinking as to what you can blend. Don’t focus on just one fruit or veg for your smoothie. And don’t just stop at fruit and veg either. Use nuts, seeds, grains like sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, flaxseed, almonds, oats, oat bran, chia seeds. The list can go on. There are loads to choose from.
Try to use a combination of few ingredients and change your ingredients around. The more variety you use the more vitamins and minerals you supply your body with.
For example our green smoothie aka the Hulk. It’s made from spinach, banana, pear, avocado and kiwi. A good mix to give you maximum benefits. Or the yellow kicker smoothie that has clementines, flaxseed, chia seeds, turmeric and banana Both smoothies are delicious and nutritionally good for you.
And it’s fun to mix things up and see what works and what flavor combos you can make. You can be surprised what ingredients blend very well together and absolutely rock. Like carrot. You can actually blend a raw carrot in a blender and get an amazing tasting smoothie. And you don’t need a high-speed blender for that. A good blender will do just fine.
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If you would like to try a smoothie for breakfast have a look at our smoothie recipes.