Healthy Smoothies – A New Twist to Your Daily Diet

So you’ve got that smoothie blender. It makes smoothies as well as purees and is versatile enough to be used to make a variety of different foods, including healthy smoothies. The only thing is, with all the healthy goodness that comes from a smoothie, you could end up getting tired of it, especially if you’re eating a healthy diet. So how do you add variety and health to your smoothies?

Start with fresh fruit, preferably organic. You can blend your own, but you don’t have to. A great, healthy idea is to use the same fruits as you might find in a store. Or, even better, buy frozen fruit that is already blended.

Fresh fruit should be blended or pureed in order to add even more vitamins and nutrients to the mix. Don’t toss out the pulp – it has an amazing source of nutrients and vitamins! For example, frozen strawberries have an abundance of water, but because of the bulk of the pulp, they are not as nutrient-dense as fresh or sliced strawberries. So, just keep those pulp bits and keep blending them, until you get to the same level of natural goodness as fresh, but at a fraction of the cost.

Don’t forget the Apple! Again, if you buy frozen, look for apples that are frozen until they’re nearly crisp, with no hard or brittle outer layer. This makes them great for blending, but even better is to simply puree them in the blender or in a food processor. Apples are a good source of vitamin C and are full of potassium, fiber, and important anti-oxidants. Add them right into your smoothie as a healthy snack on their own, or try blending an entire apple with juice or milk to help quench your thirst.

Pineapple! Pineapples are also great for smoothies. Just be sure to cut it into slices first before blending, as soft pineapple is most likely going to deflate and stick to the blender blade instead of blending together. If you can, freeze pineapple slices, then thaw before blending. And if you’re in a pinch, simply puree the pineapple juice right into your smoothie blender.

For a little caffeine, try adding a teaspoon of green tea to your smoothie. It’s packed with antioxidants and has less sugar than regular black tea. Just be sure to chill your green tea before you add it to your smoothie.

And of course, no healthy smoothie would be complete without some cold-pressed juices! This is one of the best, as cold-pressed juice extracts like pineapple, celery, and celery seeds are loaded with antioxidants, vitamins, and nutrients. Simply blend your own juices, or grab a bottle at the grocery store and blend it in with your smoothie. Add a squeeze of fresh lemon or lime, if you’d like.

Healthy smoothies can be an excellent addition to your daily diet. Adding a healthy twist to your normal smoothie routine, including healthy ingredients, fruits, and vegetables, can be a satisfying way to go, helping you maintain your weight while energizing you and maintaining a healthy digestive system. And who knows? If you really want to fit into your favorite pair of jeans again, your everyday smoothie can actually make you feel like a fitness buff.