Friday, October 18, 2013

Slammin' Smoothies: How To Make A Delicious Shake

Smoothies can be a delicious, quick breakfast or a refreshing recovery drink after a tough workout. Making your own gives you control over the ingredients, cost and portion. Are smoothies healthy? It depends on what’s in ‘em and how much you’re drinking. Just because it is blended doesn’t mean it is healthy - I’m looking at you, milkshake!
 
 
 
    How to make a healthy smoothie? Here are tips for making your own and a few recipes to get you started.
 
    Skip the added sugars. Fruits come from nature sweet enough! Cinnamon and vanilla add flavor without unnecessary calories.
    Use whole fruits. Whole fruits contain every nutrient they grew with, especially fiber. Juice doesn’t contain the same benefits - maximize the benefits by using whole fruits.
    Grab the greens. A handful of fresh baby spinach gives your smoothie a great green boost with no change in flavor. Toss it in!
    Welcome some fat. Fats are essential for healthy bodies and glowing skin. Use nuts and avocados in your smoothies for sustained energy to keep you powered through your day and glowing skin you can smile about.
 
    To make any of these recipes, simply add the ingredients and blend until creamy and smooth. Pour your smoothie into a thermos or mason jar and you’re all set for class or a trip to BlueTique to get your hands on your next fashion statement!


Choco-nana
  • 1 cup chocolate soy milk
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1 handful fresh baby spinach


Raspberry Freeze
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 cup frozen raspberries
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter
  • ½ cup juice or water
  • 3-5 drops vanilla extract
  • dash cinnamon powder


Pumpkin Pie
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • ½ cup canned pure pumpkin (not pie filling)
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • ½ frozen banana
  • handful of ice cubes
  • 3-5 drops vanilla extract
  • dash cinnamon powder


For more tips and tricks, visit Grass Roots Nutrition, LLC in Oxford, Ohio. Grass Roots Nutrition is owned by by Holly Larson, Registered Dietitian and is your source for accurate and reliable nutrition recommendations. Visit Holly online at www.hollylarsonrd.com and follow her on facebook at www.facebook.com/hollylarsonmsrd, twitter @HollyLarsonRD and see what’s cooking in her kitchen on pinterest. Holly loves writing for BlueTique - a company that provides affordable fashion on your campus and online. Have a delicious, healthy day!


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