There are so many great things about fruit smoothies, which is why they are my favorite meal of the day. You can mess around with the ingredients in various ways, making them healthier for your skin, hair and body.
Whether you’ve been drinking smoothies forever or just started, knowing how to spruce up your smoothie so that it gives you maximum benefits is essential. After all, the purpose of drinking them is to gain optimum health.
If you’re in a rut with your smoothie recipes and would like to give them a boost, then you should try one or more of the following tips to make them healthier!
1. Mix it up every now and then
It’s easy to get sucked into making the same ol’ smoothie recipe(s), especially when you’re in love with the flavors of certain fruits.
So if you’ve been hanging on to mango and citrus fruits for a while, try switching it up with some berries and bananas. This will help give you a well-rounded diet with a variety of different vitamins and minerals that can only be found in certain fruits.
2. Use organic fresh or frozen fruits
You can’t expect to get much nutrition from fruits that are sprayed with toxic chemicals like preservatives, herbicides and pesticides. Buying organic ensures that you’re not drinking any of those poisons, which can be harmful to your health. Just make sure that they have the USDA certified sticker on them.
3. Use herbal tea instead of water
Medicinal teas are excellent sources of nutrition, especially those like ginkgo biloba, which helps boost brain function, and moringa leaf, which is packed with vitamin C and many other vitamins and minerals. Just create an infusion/tea and use that as the base for your fruit smoothie.
4. Avoid artificial sweeteners
Sometimes, fruit smoothies need a boost in sweetness, especially when they aren’t completely ripe. Whatever your reason for needing some sugar, avoid at all costs white sugar, brown sugar, stevia and other sweeteners that are toxic to the body.
Instead,you should opt for coconut sugar or 100% pure maple syrup (my favorite). Although, I find adding two ripened bananas(with plenty of brown spots) to my smoothies to be sweet enough.
5. Add juice into the mix
You can juice your own fruits or buy a 100% unpasteurized fruit juice (no sugar added) to use as the base in your smoothies instead of water. Not only will this boost the nutrition value, but it will also add some sweetness.
6. Spice things up a bit
A lot of people overlook the value of spices, believing that their only place is on a dinner plate. However, they can also be used to add flavor and nutrition to your smoothies. Some great ones to try include ginger, cinnamon, cayenne pepper and turmeric. Turmeric and cinnamon are my fave (both help burn belly fat, by the way).
7. Include natural proteins
For those looking to get their daily dose of protein (vegans and fitness heads), you can spruce up your fruit smoothies with natural proteins like hemp, spirulina and almonds. Pea protein is another option, if you don’t mind the fact that it’s starch-based.
8. Fatten it up with oils
If you want to bulk up or get extra energy, then turn to healthy fats from oils like coconut, hemp, avocado and flax. A lot of vegan athletes add coconut oil for the extra energy/fuel to burn.
9. Add minerals from the sea
Some folks don’t think to add salt to their smoothies, but just a little can go a long way. My top pick for this is Himalayan pink salt, which has trace minerals. It comes from deposits that are untouched by man, giving you the benefits that only ancient salt could!
10. Add a bit more from the sea
Seaweeds are also excellent sources of iodine and over 90 different vitamins and minerals. If you want a mult-vitamin for your smoothie, then go with seaweeds like Irish moss, kelp, dulce and nori.
11. Make it an herbal delight
I can never stress enough the importance of herbs in smoothies. By far, they have the highest content of nutrition than any fruit or veggie you can add to your smoothie. My preferences include the likes of moringa, baobab, ginkgo biloba, turmeric and gotu kola.
12. Have a shroom party
Mushrooms are my latest fetish and I include them in majority of my smoothies. They are very high in nutrition and have benefits like combating and preventing cancer/tumors and are high in antioxidants. My two fave right now are chaga and reishi, but there are a variety of others that you can bring to the party.
13. Alkalize your smoothie
Sure, there’s already plenty of alkaline in your smoothie, but you can turn it up a notch by using living water like alkaline ionized water. But if not, you should at least use distilled, spring or filtered water.
Treat your smoothies like the lifeline they are and make it really count. This is the most nutrition you get out of the day, so make sure you make the most of it. Try one or more of these tips to transform your daily fruit smoothies into super smoothies!