When you’re feeling tired a healthy smoothie recipe may give you a better energy boost than caffeine. Smoothies with fruits, almond, soy milk or dairy milk, tofu and yogurt can raise your blood sugar level and keep it stable longer. You’ll also feel full and be more alert without the danger of crashing.
Tips for Making Healthy Smoothies Recipes
Smoothies are easy to make. You can have them for a snack or meal. To get the most nutritious and flavorful smoothies, follow these tips for making healthy smoothie recipes.
Use ripe fruit for optimum flavor and sweetness. Don’t forget to wash fruits before adding them to your smoothie. Bigger fruits can be sliced to make them easier to blend.
Frozen fruits make thicker smoothies. Berries, peaches, pineapple, melons and bananas can be frozen. To prevent bananas from darkening, sprinkle the slices with lemon juice. Spread the sliced fruit in a single layer on a cookie sheet or shallow baking pan and freeze. When frozen, transfer to a self-sealing bag and store in the freezer.
Reduce the fat and calories by using low-fat milk or yogurt.
Use crushed ice for a thick and refreshing drink.
Boost the nutrition by adding wheat germ, flaxseed, wheat bran and nuts.
Increase the calcium content by adding milk or yogurt. You can also mix nonfat dry milk powder.
Sweeten your smoothies naturally with honey or ripe bananas and other fruits.
Add different flavors such as cinnamon, nutmeg or cocoa.
Healthy Smoothies Recipes for Energy
The following recipes will give you an energy boost. To prepare, combine all ingredients in a blender. Puree to the desired consistency and serve immediately.
Recipe #1 – Banana Cocoa Smoothie
- 1 cup frozen banana, cut into pieces
- 1/2 cup chilled silken tofu
- 1/2 cup milk
- 3 tbsp cocoa powder
- 1 tsp flaxseed powder
Recipe #2 – Berry Alert
- 1 cup strawberries, preferably frozen
- 1/2 cup grapefruit juice
- 1/2 cup low fat frozen yogurt
- 1/2 cup silken tofu
- 1 tbsp almond butter
- 1 to 2 tbsp honey (to taste)
Recipe #3 – Berry Delicious Smoothie
- 2-1/2 cups soy milk
- 1-1/2 cups frozen berries
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1 tbsp flax oil
Recipe #4 – Blueberry Breakfast Smoothie
- 2 cups frozen blueberries
- 1 cup pineapple or orange juice
- 1 cup low fat vanilla yogurt
- 2 tsp sugar