10 Unbelievable Tricks to Make the Perfect Smoothie

10 Unbelievable Tricks to Make the Perfect Smoothie

1. Keep it unique

The smoothies available for purchase are not as healthy as what we can prepare at home with little effort. If you prepare your own smoothie at home with your own ingredients and mixes, you know what’s in it and control calories and nutrients yourself.

2. Cut down on milk

Milk, whether its dairy, soy, almond, or hemp is an important component of smoothies, and a high source of calories. You can cut calories in your smoothie by bringing down the volume of milk or using a lower-calorie option or just replace it with juice or another liquid. My favorite milk for a weight loss smoothie is unsweetened almond milk.

3. Use more fruits and berries

Fruit has numerous health benefits. An apple a day keeps the doctor away, imagine what a mix of fruits can do. Adding fruits and berries to your smoothie will add health benefits and a dose of freshness.

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4. Don’t add sugar

If you cannot resist sweetness try alternative sources like seedless grapes, dried pitted dates, or slices of apple. The more sugar you add to your smoothie the more calories you will consume making it unhealthy.

5. Avoid excess fruit juice

Fruit juice does not contain fiber and can lack other nutritional elements present in fruit. Fruit juice is high in sugar. If you choose a little juice pick 100% juices and opt for lower-sugar fruit. The 15 sweetest drinks available are fruit juices and not soda.

10 Tips to the Perfect Smoothie

6. Kick ice cream

Adding ice cream to your smoothie might make it taste better, but at a cost. Low-fat Greek yogurt gives a protein boost while giving the creamy taste and texture many love.

7. Use avocado

Avocado is an excellent source of monounsaturated fat and can be used as a milk replacement. It makes the smoothie more creamy and adds nutrition like potassium and fiber. Avocado is also great for weight loss.

8. Nut butters

Using nut butters makes the smoothie taste great along with other benefits. Unsaturated fat, fiber, and protein present in peanut butter make it a rich flavor booster. Cashews, almonds, and hazelnuts are other nuts that can be used to make your smoothie delicious and healthy.

9. Ginger for flavor

Adding a hint of ginger to your smoothie will contribute to the nutritional value and bring an irresistible flavor. Various healthy properties of ginger like anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting abilities make it wonderful for your smoothie.

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10. Add some raw greens

Adding raw green vegetables can make a big difference. If you are not comfortable with the taste of raw greens start off with a small amount. Adding a small amount of spinach or kale is a great idea. It adds nutritional value and makes the smoothie more colorful.

Courtesy of: PositiveMed

10 Unbelievable Tricks to Make the Perfect Smoothie

By PositiveMed-Team
Edited By Stephanie Dawson
[Last Updated on June 1st 2014]