So, I have been fascinated with the juicing/smoothie craze that seems to have health buffs and blogs in a frenzy… did some research and in the name of healthy living, have jumped in head first.
Initially, adding a scoop of creamy ice cream and chocolate syrup was the yummy picture I had in my mind, but I had to call myself to order and focus! Just in case our great minds think alike, I thought I’d share my findings, so here are the key ingredients you will need to get the best out of your healthy homemade concoction…
A Liquid Base
Go for 2% or non-fat milk, because it’s rich in vitamin D and calcium, which can help your body break down fat. Flavoured water is also ok, but wouldn’t suggest you use juice as it usually has added sugar, I like using a cup of ice as well.
Getting in some protein with every meal can help you maintain lean muscle mass, which would mean you can burn more calories through the day. I prefer plain non-fat yogurt, but you can also try throwing in some silken tofu, or unflavoured protein powder.
To get some energy and help your body absorb vitamins, Monounsaturated is the word. These fats are healthy fats found in abundance in olive oil, canola oil, avocado, seeds, nuts, and nut butters. Using up to two tablespoons of an ingredient that contains the good is about enough, cause like other fats, monounsaturated fats are high in calories so you’ll want to carefully watch portions if you’re trying to lose weight.
Any fruit will do, but raspberries and blueberries deliver the most fibre and the least amount of sugar. As for veggies, spinach and cucumber have the mildest, easiest-to-mask flavours.
The way I’m so eager to get to it… I think I might get on one of these 7day Detox programs just to get through all these receipes I’m itching to try!
Care to share your fave smoothies and tips?