Smoothie Your Way to a Healthier Life
Having a tough time consuming your
recommended servings of fruit per day? Ever tried making a smoothie? Smoothies
are a quick and easy way to fit in your daily recommended intake of fruits
while enjoying a delicious sweet treat. All you need is a blender, some fruit,
and some juice. The best part, you can hide other healthy foods in them too! My
personal favorite smoothie is what I call the Tropical Island Smoothie. Here’s the recipe:
cup frozen mango
cup frozen strawberry
inch slice of banana
cup of orange juice
Put all the fruit into a blender with
approximately ¾ cup of the orange juice. Blend until it starts to get smooth
and gradually add the last ¼ cup of orange juice until desired thickness.
Occasionally I mix my orange juice with a little bit of water so the orange
flavor isn’t overpowering over all of the other delicious fruit flavors.
Other great options to add into your
smoothie to give it an extra healthy punch are vegetables! Adding just a few
leaves of romaine lettuce, kale, or even some carrots or broccoli can add the
benefits of vegetables while masking the taste with the fruit.
The rule of thumb
with smoothies is to put in whatever fruits and vegetables you like and test it
until you get your desired flavor. Some people use yogurts and sherbet, while
others use frozen fruit or ice. Whatever your preference, remember that
smoothies are a great way to get your recommended daily intake of fruits, and
are great snacks or meals to keep you full longer.