Smoothies are popular these days. We drink them as an alternative to unhealthy drinks or as a meal replacement. But are they really healthy? They can be.
The question is: What's in your smoothie?
At some smoothie stands, smoothies are made with 3 basic ingredients: frozen fruit, fruit juice, and sugar. If you take out the sugar, your smoothie will mostly consist of whole fruit, a whole food that is nutritious when fresh, and a little less so when frozen and pre chopped. You can also find smoothies made with cow's milk or yogurt, soy milk, ice cream, chocolate sauce, coffee, whipped cream, peanut butter, and more.
There are four basic types of smoothies:
1. Junk Food Smoothies: Yeah, you know what they are. You know that very berry blast, does not a superfood smoothie make.
2. Junk Food Smoothies Disguised As Healthy: Here you find your cow's milk, soymilk, agave nectar, pasteurized honey, and other questionable ingredients. Gyms and health food stores that don't know any better also have these types of smoothies and add cheap and toxic ingredients like nutritional powders, protein powders, soy, and vitamin & mineral powders.
3. Smoothies with Nutritious Ingredients: These contain any combination of healthy foods, without unhealthy additives or ingredients of any kind. These are really good for you.
4. Smoothies with Nutritious Ingredients AND Added Nutrition: Without a doubt, these are the best. If every ingredient in your smoothie is good for you and you use it as a vehicle to include other superfoods, nutritious oils, and nutritional powder made with whole, clean, nutrient dense foods, your smoothie has now become a powerful aid in restoring or maintaining health.
If you're just getting started in making smoothies, or are looking for a couple of new recipes, the following are two excellent examples of Smoothies With Nutritious Ingredients from a site called Healing the Body:
Raspberry Cream Smoothie
Be sure to check out the video for this; the link is at the end of the article.
Chocolate avocado crunch smoothie
For more information on some of these superfood ingredients in this smoothie, check out the links at the end of the article.
A basic recipe for smoothies with nutritious ingredients and added nutrition is to blend juice, fruit or frozen fruit, oil (flax seed oil or a high quality nutritional oil blend) and an excellent nutritional powder. All ingredients should be organic and the juice should be freshly juiced. You can use any type of fruit or any type of fresh juice.
Most supplements are poor quality, often toxic, and usually at best useless. Be careful and do your research when looking for superfood ingredients and supplements to add to your smoothie. The bigger brands that sell more tend to have lower quality. Ingredients from China tend to be full of toxins. To learn how to make your own nutrition powder powder, click here.
For more awesome smoothie recipes, visit Healing the Body. They also have a great articles on maca root and hemp, and checkout the video on the Cancer Fighting Raspberry Cream Smoothie.
About the author:
Kali Sinclair is a copywriter for Green Lifestyle Market, and a lead editor for
Organic Lifestyle Magazine. Kali was very sick with autoimmune disease and realized that conventional medicine was not working for her. She has been restoring her health by natural means and is interested in topics including natural health, environmental issues, and human rights.