Spruce up Your Smoothie

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Spruce up Your Smoothie

November 29, 2017 AFIYA Magazine Posts 0

Smoothies are an excellent go-to for those who are constantly on the go. With so many different ways to add variety to your blend, it seems impossible to not find a smoothie concoction that we aren’t in love with. Often times, because of how easy it is to mix something up, we may forget of all the small additions we can make to boost the taste and health factor of our drinks. Consider some of these suggestions when you’re looking to mix things up.

1. Bring Out the Flavor
Adding a pinch of salt or some soaked, pitted dates to your smoothie can work to give your drink more of a punch. A dash of salt can help to suppress any bitterness and can balance the sweet and sour flavors, while dates are a natural way to increase sweetness. Vanilla extract and cacao powder can also be used for added sweetness. Ginger, mint, and parsley can add a wonderful, refreshing taste to green smoothies, as well. Other options that also provide a host of health benefits include cinnamon, nutmeg and turmeric.

2. Try Different Liquid Bases
A brand new smoothie taste could be as simple as switching out the liquid base that you use. Options like almond or coconut milk, coconut water, and natural fruit juices such as orange, pineapple, or cranberry can offer up a different taste for your smoothie. If you do choose to use fruit juices, be mindful of the amount as it will add additional calories to your blend, on top of the fruit you are already using. You could even use green or raspberry tea for something different.

3.Boost the Nutritional Value
Why stop at just fruits for your smoothie when you could add so much more to increase the health factor of your blend. Coconut oil, flax seeds, goji berries, hemp oil, chia seeds and sesame seeds are just a few of the many additives that can quickly be thrown into a smoothie. Maca root powder and protein powders are other supplements that can be easily used to boost nutritional content. Leafy greens such as spinach and kale can also be included in your smoothies, even if you’re not going for a green drink. While most people agree that spinach is barely noticeable within a smoothie (aside from the color change), kale does pack a stronger taste that can affect the flavor of the smoothie much more (heads up!).

If you haven’t given smoothies a chance to make it onto your menu, give it a shot. Need some ideas? Try out these smoothie combos!

-Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie
INGREDIENTS
1 banana, frozen
1 cup almond milk
1 TBSP peanut butter
1 tsp chia seeds
1 scoop vanilla protein powder (optional)
3-4 cubes of ice (if banana is fresh)

Raspberry Smoothie
INGREDIENTS
1/2 cup raspberries
1 cup strawberries
1 cup greek yogurt, plain or vanilla
1/2 cup almond milk,
unsweetened
Optional Sweetener: 1 tsp vanilla extract

-Green Goodness Smoothie
½ green apple
½ kiwi, cubed
½ lime, juiced
1 cup coconut water
Handful of spinach
Pinch of ginger