Smoothies have become a very popular food beverage in the past ten years. Smoothies are popular beverages because they are nutritious, filling, satisfying and delicious. Smoothies are easy to prepare and can be taken on the go. Smoothies can be eaten for breakfast or as a snack. The typical smoothie is made with either fruits or green vegetables or a mix of both. Cow’s milk, non-dairy milks, coconut water or plain water can be used as the liquid base. For added fiber and protein, add yogurt, protein powder, chia seeds or flax seeds. Also varying spices such as cinnamon, cardamon, nutmeg or vanilla extract can be added for an extra kick of flavor.
Unfortunately, the nutritional punch of a smoothie can be negated by adding sweeteners or by adding too many fruits. Fructose is the naturally occurring sugar found in fruits. Fructose when metabolized in the liver is converted to glycerol, glycerol in turn is converted into fat. Yes, sugar can make you fat! Needless to say, adding sugar, maple syrup, honey or agave will increase the sugar content of your smoothie. Another source of unnecessary sugar, is fruit juice. Unsweetened liquids are preferable as the liquid base of a smoothie.
So the next time you prepare a smoothie, ditch the sugar and avoid adding too many fruits. Kick up your smoothie’s flavor by adding your favorite spices instead.
Below is my go-to Blueberry-Spinach smoothie:
1/2 cup Coconut milk (unsweetened)
1/2 cup Water
1-2 cups Spinach
1/2 cup Frozen Blueberries
1 small Banana
1/4 tsp Cinanmon
Directions: Blend all ingredients and enjoy. Bon Appetite.