Smoothies are often hailed as one of the healthiest foods on the market, but you can easily load them with empty fats and calories without even noticing. If you’re trying to keep your smoothies on the healthier side, these tips will help you make them delicious and nutritious.
Ditch Unhealthy Ingredients
Some of the common smoothie ingredients aren’t so great for you and they’re best avoided, such as juices, canned fruits—and even milk!
If you want to reduce your smoothie’s fat and sugar content and make it 100% vegan, replacing dairy milk with some of alternatives, such as soy and almond milk, is always a good idea.
You might be tempted to add protein powder to your smoothies, but you can always up their protein intake by using such ingredients as avocados, nut butters, and plain non-fat Greek yogurt.
Moderation is Key
Like all healthy foods, smoothies are only good for you when consumed in moderation. Keep in mind they’re often so calorie-rich and filling they’re basically a meal, not just a snack.
Drink it Right Away
You might be tempted to make a double portion when you’re blending smoothies and save some of it for later, but their nutrients will decrease over time so it’s better to drink them right away.