Smoothies are a tasty, easy way to increase the nutrients in your diet without increasing your calorie intake too much. They can be used in weight-loss diets as a nutrient-dense, calorie-controlled meal substitute; as a way to add additional fiber or protein to the diet; or as an easily-digested way to increase calorie and nutrient intake for those going through chemotherapy, post-surgical patients, or patients with digestive issues.
Smoothies are versatile and delicious, and can be used to “sneak” healthy foods into a child’s diet, or into your own. Disguising the flavor of healthy foods you don’t care for in a smoothie is an easy way to increase the variety in your own diet, and in the diets of your family members. They can be substituted for high-calorie, nutrient-poor desserts without causing you or your family to feel deprived; and are easily adapted to special diets as well.
Your family doesn’t like dark green leafy vegetables? No problem. Make them a fruit smoothie and toss in a couple of fresh spinach leaves. They’ll never notice they’re in there, but they’ll still get the vitamins and minerals they need.
Are you taking antibiotics and need to replace the good bacteria in your digestive system, but don’t like the flavor of yogurt? A smoothie is the ideal solution. With fruits you enjoy, and a bit of honey for sweetness, you’ll never taste the yogurt.
Are you allergic to cow’s milk, or lactose intolerant? Substitute yogurt made from goat’s milk, soy milk, almond milk, or coconut milk.
Want to lose weight. Try one of my top three healthy smoothie recipes for weight loss.
Love chocolate, but hate all the fat and sugar added to commercial chocolate products? Make a smoothie with a good quality, unsweetened dark chocolate powder or a few chocolate nibs and add just enough honey to keep it from being too bitter. You get all the health benefits of the antioxidants in dark chocolate, without the disadvantages of hydrogenated fats and huge amounts of processed sugar you’ll find in cakes, ice cream or candy bars.
For even more variety, you can substitute sweeteners as well. Instead of honey; try agave nectar, rice syrup, or molasses. They’ll add different nutrients, and each sweetener will provide a different flavor.
Need extra protein in your diet? Add a good quality protein powder or a handful of raw tree nuts to your smoothies. More fiber? Toss in some ground flaxseed, and get the bonus of omega-3 fatty acids as well.
Looking for an antioxidant boost? Blueberries, cherries, raspberries, strawberries, blackberries and carrots are all great sources.
Author Bio: Daisy Raybould has a passion for solving health problems the way nature intended. She, along with a number of fellow natural health enthusiasts, share their tips, secrets and recipes designed to help you obtain perfect health using the power of nature’s wonders at RevitaliseYourHealth.com