3 Different Ways To Make Smoothies Part of Your Diet

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Smoothies are a quick and easy way to get more fresh produce in your diet. Let’s face it, they are delicious too and make for the perfect meal or snack when you’re in a rush.

Since they are so versatile, it’s easy to find smoothie recipes that you love and can enjoy every single day. Let’s look at three different types of smoothies and how you can make smoothies part of your diet to incorporate more fresh and healthy foods in your regular routine.

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Fruit Smoothies

The first place to start is with simple fruit smoothies. Mix up one or two of your favorite types of fruit with some ice and a little milk or yogurt. It makes a refreshing and sweet drink that’s similar to a milkshake but better for you. Fruit and yogurt smoothies also make for a wonderful, portable breakfast option.

These types of smoothies work well with both fresh and frozen fruit, making them a great year-round option for you. Mix and match the fruit you use. For a boost of protein and for a more filling smoothie, try adding some Greek yogurt, peanut butter, or even a scoop of protein powder.

Green Smoothies

Green smoothies have become very popular in recent years. They are a wonderful way to work more leafy greens and raw veggies in your diet, without having to eat “another salad”. You can work quite a bit of greens along with the fiber and nutrients they provide in your diet by simply adding a green smoothie to your daily food intake.

Green smoothies make a great lunch. Blend it in the morning, store the smoothie in the fridge and just shake it up and enjoy for a healthy lunch that will provide you with lots of nutrients without leaving you stuffed and tired. For best results mix and match your greens and veggies from day to day.

Savory Smoothies

Most smoothies will be sweet because fruit is added to them, but it doesn’t have to be this way. You can also enjoy savory smoothies that taste more like cold vegetable soup. For example you can mix up greens, tomato, and cucumber, bell pepper along with a little water, onion, and vinegar to make a smoothie that’s inspired by Gazpacho – the Spanish cold tomato soup. Similarly, you can whip up a smoothie that tastes like salsa. Play around with different veggies, seasonings and liquids like tomato juice, chicken or vegetable broth.

Give smoothies a try. Start with a few different recipes and then start to tweak and change things around until you come up with your own personal collection of smoothies that you love and that fulfil your nutritional needs.

Smoothies Recipes Kids Will Love

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Getting kids to eat their fruits and veggies can be a bit of a challenge, particularly when you have a picky eater. Smoothies are a great way to hide all that food that’s good for them and instead hand them something that looks and tastes very similar to a milk shake. What’s not to love?

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Start Simple

Start your kids out with some simple fruit and yogurt smoothies. While green smoothies are delicious and good for everyone, they aren’t the best choice when it comes to getting your kids used to smoothies. Instead, blend up some banana, frozen strawberries, and a bit of vanilla yogurt for your kids. As they get used to and start to enjoy their smoothies, you can slowly start reducing the sugar. It’s easy to do by adding less banana and more berries and switching the sweetened vanilla yogurt for plain yogurt for example.

Be Creative

Once they have become big smoothie fans, start branching out and introduce them to green smoothies. Start with a few greens and lots of fruit. Giving the smoothie a cool name like “Green Monster Slush” will also help make these green drinks a little more attractive.

Keep Portions Small

Keep the portions small and make sure the smoothies taste great before offering them to your kids. A good trick to sweeten up a green smoothie is to add apple juice instead of water or coconut water. As with the yogurt smoothies, you can slowly reduce the amount of juice and fruit you use to make even healthier and less sweet smoothies.

This same trick works well for adults who aren’t huge fans of green smoothies. Your main goal should always be to get them to drink the smoothie and get those extra greens in their diet. If that means adding half a cup of apple juice to make it palatable, that’s better than replacing the green smoothie with a bowl of cereal or a plate of chicken nuggets and fries.

More Tips to Make Kids Love Smoothies

Here are a few more tips to increase your chances of getting your kids to drink their smoothies.

  • Start with some of their favorite fruits, veggies and foods in general.
  • If you have a big peanut butter fan in the family, blend up bananas, berries, milk and a spoon of peanut butter.
  • If your kid’s favorite fruit is peaches, start with peach smoothies, adding in other fruits and vegetables over time.

With a little trial and error and a bit of coaxing, you can find the smoothie recipes kids will love, turning your kids into fans and keeping lots of fresh fruit and veggies in their diet.

Smoothies Make The Perfect Portable Breakfast

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If you’re looking for a delicious and healthy breakfast option, look no further than smoothies. They make the perfect portable breakfast.

The beauty of smoothies is that they are incredibly versatile. You could easily have a different  smoothie each day of the year. For most of us though, it’s much easier to find a handful of smoothie recipes we enjoy and stick to those during the week.

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Quick and Easy

Having a few go-to favorites allows you to buy and prep the ingredients ahead of time, making it even easier to blend up your favorite breakfast drink in the morning. That’s the key to making breakfast smoothies work when you’re short on time.

Head to the grocery store and pick up your favorite smoothie ingredients. When you come home, go ahead and wash, peel and chop the fruit and veggies as needed. Add them to storage bags or containers in portions that are perfect for your smoothies and store them in the fridge or freezer as needed.

In the morning, just grab a container, (these are our favorite) add the contents to your blender along with anything else your smoothie needs (water, milk, yogurt, juice etc.) and blend away. Pour your smoothie, rinse your blender and breakfast is done. It doesn’t get much easier than that.

Family Shortcuts

You can use your main blender and mix up a batch of smoothies for the whole family, or get out a personal blender so each family member can whip up their own favorite smoothie. There’s no right or wrong way to do this as long as it works for you and your loved ones.

Pour your smoothie in a blender bottle or an insulated cup to take it with you to the office or school. Adding frozen fruit or ice to your smoothie will make sure it stays cool even if you aren’t able to drink it right away.

One of the reasons I love smoothies for breakfast is because they help me start my day off right with a boost of nutrition. It’s much easier to ensure you get at least 5 servings of fruits and veggies per day when a big chunk of it is in your breakfast smoothie. Plus these smoothies are made with real, unprocessed foods. That alone is a big improvement from the usual breakfast choice of cereal, toast, or breakfast sandwiches.

The vitamins and natural sugars from the fruits and veggies give you the boost you need first thing in the morning and it’s easy to add some protein and a bit of healthy fat to your smoothies by using peanut butter or Greek Yogurt and flax seeds for example. This will give you a filling breakfast drink that will keep you full even if you’re taking a late lunch.

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The Smoothie Weight Loss Diet Secret: More Greens

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One of the best things about the smoothie weight loss diet is that you can use it to sneak more fruits and veggies into your diet and that of every member of your family. This is, of course, particularly true for green smoothies.

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Changing Your Diet Thinking

Think of smoothies not as a drudgery but as a condensed salad. You can blend up a big serving of spinach, kale, and other dark leafy greens that you know are good for you and drink it all in a smoothie, and it’s easier to eat than a salad!

Add a little fruit – particularly berries with high amounts of antioxidants and a little coconut water to replace much needed electrolytes and minerals and you have a healthy meal that’s hard to beat. Best of all it’s portable and you can sip it anytime anywhere.

Making the Greens Diet Easy

Eating plenty of healthy fruits and vegetables isn’t always easy. Add to that the fact that we’re encouraged to eat our veggies raw, and frankly there are only so many salads you can eat in a given day.

Green smoothies are a great way to turn that same amount of greens and veggies and turn it into a yummy drink by adding nothing more than a bit of fruit and water – two ingredients we’re encouraged to consume more of as part of a healthy lifestyle.

Replace Junk with Quality Nutritious Foods

Don’t give up your salad or your plate of steamed veggies. Instead, use smoothies as a way to add even more good nutrition to your diet and give processed and junk food the boot instead. You’ll feel better and it will have a positive impact on your waist line.

Don’t stop with just yourself. Get the entire family on board with smoothies. They are the perfect way to sneak healthy food into your kid’s diet and who couldn’t use a little more “real food” in their diet. Sneak the smoothie weight loss diet into your meal plan and see how the whole family benefits!

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Green and Red Smoothie Recipes for Kids

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There’s a smoothie out there for anyone. That’s great news especially for families wanting to get healthier.

Once you start to look for smoothie recipes, you’ll hear people talk about fruit smoothies, yogurt smoothies, protein smoothies, green smoothies, red smoothies…. The list goes on and on.

Variety and options are a good thing. They help you find smoothie recipes that you and your kids enjoy drinking that also help you fulfil your nutritional needs.

Let’s run through some of the basics to give you a basic understanding of the types of smoothies out there. This will also help you find smoothie recipes your kids will enjoy too as you begin to incorporate them into your family meal plan.

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Fruit Smoothies

These are usually the first types of smoothies people try. You blend up fresh and frozen fruit with either water, coconut water, milk, juice or yogurt. There are thousands of recipes out there, but feel free to experiment and come up with something you like. For creamy smoothies add some yogurt or banana. For lighter smoothies, stick with frozen berries and coconut water.

You can easily adjust the consistency of your smoothies by adding more or less liquid. Mix and match fruit and try different smoothies until you find a few you enjoy. Try adding things like cocoa powder or peanut butter for different flavors.

Green Smoothies

The big benefit of green smoothies is that they incorporate lots of fresh veggies in addition to the fruit. Think of them as a big drinkable salad. They can be sweet or savory. For best results add lots of leafy greens like spinach, lettuce, kale, and chard to your smoothies.

The color of your smoothie will be bright green. This can take a little getting used to, but once you take your first sip of a good green smoothie, you’ll never look back. The trick in the beginning is to add plenty of fresh fruit.

As time goes by, you may choose to reduce the amount of fruit in your smoothies and increase the greens. For a delicious and simple green smoothie blend one banana with one head of romaine lettuce. Add enough water or coconut water to get the consistency you like and drink up.

Red Smoothies

Red smoothies are similar to green smoothies but add lots of delicious “red” foods like red beets, berries, raw cocoa powder etc. They also include lots of fresh greens. The idea with red smoothies is to add lots of nutrients that help you detox and nourish your body. They make a great addition to “regular” green smoothies.

Protein Smoothies

Last but not least, let’s talk about protein smoothies. These are fruit smoothies that you add a scoop of protein powder too, or use natural sources of protein like peanut butter, hemp, or Greek yogurt. They make for a filling meal and a great recovery drink after a hard workout.

Of course you can mix and match and come up with your own variations and combinations that please your taste buds and fulfil your nutritional needs and find something the kids will love.