Make Smoothies More Nutritious Using These Techniques
If you are going to go through the work of creating a smoothie from fresh ingredients, you may as well make the smoothie as nutritious as possible to get the most out of your efforts. While blending up a bunch of fruits and veggies are fine, there are a number of tricks and techniques you can use to boost the nutrition of the smoothies you are making. Using these techniques makes the smoothies more palatable while increasing the nutritional value and benefits to multiple areas of the body. Here are some great techniques to use.
Use Ingredients That Sweeten Naturally
Having a smoothie recipe that tastes good is very important, as you are more likely to stick to your plan if it does not feel like a punishment. If you find that you are having difficulty getting used to the taste of vegetable smoothies, try adding some ingredients that are naturally sweetening to the recipe. Adding ingredients like apples, carrots, and honey to the recipe will help you sweeten the juice without adding refined sugar or artificial sweeteners. This will help you neutralize the bitter taste of the vegetables and get more greens into your diet.
Add Some Protein
In order to get a great nutritional boost from your smoothies, add some protein to the mix. Protein helps the muscles of the body recover after a workout and helps the stomach feel fuller longer. You can add protein by mixing in some protein powder, silken tofu, or peanut butter into the recipe. If you do not mind a chunky smoothie, you can process some nuts into small pieces in the blender before adding the other ingredients. Make sure that the nut pieces are ground fine to ensure that you will not choke on the pieces while drinking the smoothie.
Here is a great smoothie recipe to try.
Good Green Tea Smoothie
3 cups frozen white grapes
2 packed cups baby spinach
1 1/2 cups strong brewed green tea (see Tip), cooled
1 medium ripe avocado
2 teaspoons honey
Combine grapes, spinach, green tea, avocado and honey in a blender; blend until smooth. Serve immediately.