April 16, 2015

The best kinds of food are the kinds that are healthy, but still taste like dessert. Smoothies are sweet, easy to make, full of nutrients, and perfect for warm spring days. The beauty of smoothies is their multitude of options. The flavor is whatever you want it to be and the nutrition is whatever you feel that you need. Smoothies may taste fruity, but there is much more to them. They can easily hide the taste of vegetables. The taste is masked by fruit, but the nutrients are still there. Smoothies are a superfood - versatile, healthy, and delicious. It’s time to whip out your blender. Here is your guide to making the smoothie that’s perfect for you.

Superfoods: healthy ingredients to hide in your smoothies

  • Peanut butter adds a nutty flavor and a punch of protein to any smoothie.
  • Carrots pack in Vitamin A, keeping your hair, eyes, and skin healthy.
  • Kale comes with the benefits of Vitamin C, helping to maintain a healthy immune system.
  • Ginger is full of antioxidants and helps to soothe the stomach.
  • Flaxseeds contribute fiber and Omega-3 fatty acids to improve heart health.
  • Aloe vera juice in not only filled with fiber, but helps the immune system as well.

Don’t be afraid to experiment with the flavors in your smoothies. Add any of the superfoods to your smoothie in order to enhance the nutritional value. And don’t be afraid to experiment with how much you add – you may discover that you love the taste of ginger in your smoothies. The healthy flavors do not always have to be hidden.


Peanut Butter Banana Bliss: 1 serving

Nutrition facts: 239 calories, 8.5 g fat, 22.4 g sugar, 9.3 g protein, 35.4% Vitamin B-6, 17.4% Vitamin C, 16.3% Calcium, 20.9% Phosphorus

  1. Fill 1/3 of your blender with ice
  2. Add 1/2 cup of milk (use skim milk for the healthiest smoothie)
  3. Add one banana, sliced
  4. Add one tablespoon of peanut butter
  5. Add chocolate syrup to your liking
  6. Blend and enjoy

Banana Berry Kale Smoothie: 1 serving

Nutrition facts: 560.6 calories, 5.5 g fat, 67.5 g sugar, 41.5 g protein, 363.5% Vitamin A, 55.6% Vitamin B-6, 237.8% Vitamin C, 71.7% calcium

  1. Put 12 ounces of plain Greek yogurt into the blender (flavored yogurt may also be used)
  2. Add one cup of raw kale
  3. Add one banana, sliced
  4. Add 1 1/2 cup of berries (any berry or combination of berries will do, but blueberries and strawberries are recommended)
  5. Add 1/2 cup of milk (use skim milk for the healthiest option)
  6. Add 1 1/2 tablespoons of maple syrup for sweetness
  7. Add one tablespoon of flaxseeds
  8. Blend and enjoy

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