There's also healthy smoothies and then there's "smoothies" which are actually just milkshakes in disguise. Smoothies can be a great meal replacement if made correctly and be amazingly beneficial to your health. Adding Kale into your smoothie everyday is an easy way to get those extra greens.
A run down of some of the smoothies offered at "on-the-go" places:
A waffle at IHOP (no syrup/no butter) is
Now I'm not saying go grab a waffle instead of a smoothie but I'm showing you that a smoothie is pretty much a meal and can sometimes be considered an unhealthy meal if you don't know what's going into it.
The BEST thing to do : Make them at home so you know what is going into them and how much is going into them. That way you can also make meal sized or snack size.
Here's an example of a smoothie I make at home most mornings for breakfast:
|Magic Bullet - your best friend in the kitchen!|
- 1 small frozen banana
- Handful of frozen mango chunks
- Handful of blackberries
- Large handful of Kale
- 1 scoop of Vega (Natural) Energizing Protein Powder
- 1 tablespoon of Flax Seeds
- 1/2 cup of water
- 1/2 cup of almond milk
Amazing added ingredients for smoothies:
Kale : High in Vitamins A, C & K. Great source of Iron and fights fatigue. I can notice a huge awesome difference in my skin when I add Kale.
Flax Seeds: Great source of fibre and Omega 3's.
Coconut Water: Filled with potassium and 5 different electrolytes. My favourite brand is Zico.
To milk or not to milk?
I'm not a fan of using milk but instead I like to use almond milk or soy milk. I find that milk is not easily digested by anyone and causes more harm then good.
What do you put into your smoothies? Are you a smoothie lover?