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4 Steps To Make A Nutritionally Balanced Smoothie At Home

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To make a healthy green smoothie, add a handful of spinach or romaine to half a cup of coconut water or unsweetened, unflavored almond milk. Add any fresh fruit you like or a very ripe banana. Add a frozen fruit (mango or any berry) or a veggie (carrot or sweet potato). Blend well and drink up. But remember: one serving of veggies and two servings of fruit are a must.

Eat Healthy, Drink A Smoothie

A big green smoothie is basically the poster child for any health and wellness website. Each has its own twist on a green smoothie and what secret, special ingredients to add. But when it comes down to it, there aren’t any special, secret ingredients that you HAVE to add to your smoothies.

A homemade smoothie that contains whole food will give you a lot of bang for your buck (literally and nutritionally). Smoothies are a go-to for me as they’re quick and portable. For me, it’s also such an easy and tasty way to get in AT LEAST two servings of fruit and a serving of vegetables.

smoothie-set-up

A Quick Smoothie In Four Steps

1. Blue: Liquid

I choose coconut water or unsweetened, unflavored almond milk, usually about half a cup.

2. Green: Greens

Next, I add a big handful of greens – milder ones like spinach and romaine. I have also had success with kale, but I do not recommend arugula – it’s great for salads and sandwiches but too bitter for a smoothie.

3. Red: Fresh Fruit

This is where I add a very ripe banana – when I say very ripe, I mean very spotty. Add other fresh fruits you like or move on to the next step if you have frozen fruit.

4. Purple: Frozen Fruit/Veggies

Depending on what I have on hand, these third and fourth steps can look a bit different. Some days, it’s all fresh, and other days, it’s all frozen. I love mango, pineapple, berries, carrots, sweet potatoes, etc. In fact, frozen fruit and veggies can be a good way to get more out of your food budget.

So there you have it, my guide to making a smoothie!

Smoothie Must-Haves

I try to ALWAYS add at least one serving of veggies in the form of leafy greens and two servings of either fresh or frozen fruit.

What are your favorite smoothie ingredients?

Amy Good
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My name is Amy! and I'm a Registered Dietitian that practices a holistic view of health. I like to consider the many different facets of our lives when trying to help others achieve their health and wellness goals.

Amy Good
Expert

My name is Amy! and I'm a Registered Dietitian that practices a holistic view of health. I like to consider the many different facets of our lives when trying to help others achieve their health and wellness goals.