For a sweet treat, quick breakfast, or healthy snack, smoothies pack a powerful punch. With loads of vitamins and nutrients in one glass, smoothies are a wonderful addition to your health food arsenal.
For a balanced and delicious smoothie, there are three things to remember: sugar, protein and fat. The smoothies that are best for you are low in sugar, high in protein, and low in fat. To achieve this balance, smoothie ingredients are chosen for the benefits they bring to your drink as well as flavor. And click here for two bonus videos and recipes: a lean, mean, green kale smoothie and a dairy free goji berry smoothie!
For instance, the Strawberry Avocado Smoothie blending the high vitamin C content of strawberry with the vitamin E from avocado creates an antioxidant rich drink that is perfect to jumpstart your day. The Triple Berry Smoothie is rich in antioxidants thanks to the mix of strawberry, blueberry and blackberry. Sweetened with a touch of agave and full of protein and flavor from vanilla soy milk, Triple Berry is a trifecta of nutrition. For sweet seekers the Almond Butter and Banana Smoothie hits it big with potassium, for better bone health and lower blood pressure, almond butter, for a boost in protein, and a mix of soy and coconut milk creating this smoothie’s creamy, thick shake taste.
If you want to go green, start with the Powerhouse Strawberry Banana Smoothie. Strawberry and banana is matched with kiwi, adding loads of vitamin C and protein. The addition of flax, full of fiber, will keep you full longer. But the ultimate green drink, the Green Power Smoothie, brings together vanilla soy milk, banana, almond butter, kiwi, spinach, for its antioxidants and vitamin K, and chia seeds, high in omega-3’s, fiber and protein, making this drink the power snack of power snacks.