Who doesn’t love a good smoothie? I don’t know why, but there’s something really soothing and satisfying about drinking your food… Maybe it brings us back to when we were babies and everything was easy? Does it really matter anyway? The point is that smoothies are a delicious and convenient treat, so a smoothie is a great opportunity to get in some nutrition! Here are some of the best ingredients you can add to your smoothie:
Bananas are a great for smoothies since they add natural sweetness and creaminess, and they’re a good source of potassium. Frozen bananas take your smoothie to the next level, so peel, break into chunks, and freeze in a ziploc bag and you’ll always have some frozen banana ready for your next smoothie.
2. Greek yogurt:
Greek yogurt is full of protein and will add creaminess to your smoothie. Make sure you use plain unsweetened yogurt to avoid extra sugar.
3. Ground flax seed:
Flax seed is an excellent source of omega-3 fat, and it has protein, too.
Berries are natural sweeteners for your smoothie, and they also have fiber and antioxidants. Berries are great for your immune system and for brain health. Keep frozen berries on hand so you can just throw them regardless of what’s in season.
Get calorie free flavor by adding spices like vanilla, cinnamon, or ginger. It’s good to know that cinnamon is good for stabilizing blood sugar, which will keep you feeling satisfied for longer.
6. Almond butter:
Add great flavor and texture, and important nutrients like healthy fat, iron, protein, and fiber.
7. Leafy greens:
Greens like kale and spinach add fiber, iron, and anti-inflammatory benefits.
Get gorgeous color, sweetness, fiber, iron, and antioxidants with beets.
9. Protein powder:
A scoop or two of protein powder turns a smoothie into a meal!
10. Soft tofu:
Tofu also packs a protein punch, and it adds creaminess to your smoothie.
Sounds weird, but try it before you judge! As a whole grain, oats add satisfying bulk, fiber, and other heart healthy nutrients!
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