Top Tips for a Healthy Smoothie!
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As soon as summer's heat hits, I'm all about the smoothies! Especially after a walk outside or my Sunday distance runs, I crave smoothies like crazy. These drinks are the only meal that cool me down while replenishing my body. Today after my #sundayrunday, I treated myself to Smoothie King's Pineapple Spinach smoothie and it was DELICIOUS. 10/10 would order again.
So let's talk about a few tips to make sure your smoothies are healthy and taste amazing, whether you're going out for a smoothie or making it at home!
- Sneak in low-cal, micronutrient-dense ingredients like spinach
- Smoothies are a GREAT food to sneak in extra micronutrients because you can hardly taste sneaky greens like organic spinach, carrots, and kale! If you're out and about, Smoothie King via its Cleaner Blending initiative has great options that already have organic spinach like their Vegan Pineapple Spinach and Lemon Ginger Spinach smoothies. If you're worried about tasting the spinach, rest assured - my ultra-sensitive taste budded boyfriend confirmed he had to really try to find the spinach taste.
- Add in that protein!
- To make sure your smoothie keeps you fuller for longer, add protein! The Pineapple Spinach smoothie I ordered already came with Sunwarrior Raw Plant-Based protein, but I requested additional protein be added to my smoothie. If I don't have protein in my smoothies, I think I get hungry about 30 minutes later. So, add that protein! Most smoothie stores will even add in protein powder that you bring in!
- Substitute ice cream + fruit juice sweeteners for stevia
- If you want to ensure your smoothie isn't packing on too many calories, check the ingredients list for ice cream and fruit juice! These ingredients can add a lot of flavor, but also a lot of calories. Try substituting some or all of these sweeteners with no-calorie, natural sweeteners like stevia. Smoothie King's Pineapple Spinach smoothie already had a combination of fruit juice and stevia, instead of all fruit juice. Perfect to lighten the calorie load while maintaining that sweetness!
- If calorie conscious, skip the calorie-dense ingredients like peanut butter
- Don't get me wrong, I love peanut butter. However, it can add tons of calories to your smoothie without adding THAT much flavor. My vote is: eat a spoonful of peanut butter, don't drink it. I promise, you'll get much more peanut butter flavor from that spoonful than you will in that smoothie. If you want peanut flavor in your smoothie, opt for powdered peanut butter! It has 1/4 of the calories but will still give you that peanut buttery goodness taste.
You want a smoothie now, huh? :) Well, equipped with these tips...let HEALTHY smoothies #FuelYourPurpose and enjoy the (almost) summer heat! If you stop by Smoothie King, take advantage of their $5 Fridays and order their new Vegan Pineapple Spinach or Lemon Ginger Spinach smoothies, which are packed with fiber, potassium, vitamin A and vitamin C AND have no added sugar! Happy smoothie-ing!