Unlike juices, smoothies retain all the fibre of the raw fruits and vegetables used, making them an easy way to pack in plenty of nutrients without losing the benefits of fibre!
So what is the definition of a smoothie?
A smoothie (alternatively spelled smoothy, the name comes from the smooth property of the emulsion) is a blended and sometimes sweetened beverage made from fresh fruit (fruit smoothie) and in special cases can contain chocolate or peanut butter. In addition to fruit, many smoothies include crushed ice, frozen fruit, honey or contain syrup and ice ingredients. They have a milkshake-like consistency that is thicker than slush drinks. They can also contain milk, yogurt or ice cream. Smoothies are often marketed to health-conscious people, and some restaurants offer add-ins such as soy milk, whey powder, green tea, herbal supplements, or nutritional supplement mixes.
Golden rules about smoothies
1. Steer away from pre-made smoothies that may be packed with sugar. Blend your own at home so you know exactly what goes in and what you can get out of it.
2. Smoothies are a healthy substitute for high-calorie drinks or snacks. Steer away from that chocolate bar and grab a nutrient-dense smoothie instead!
3. Add protein powder to balance out the sugar content. Fruit is high in natural sugars so add some protein powder (or use mostly vegetables) to your smoothie to avoid spiking your blood sugar levels.
4. Add ginger! This will give the smoothie a zesty kick and with all of ginger’s incredible health properties, your immune system will get a kick too!
5. Blend in batches or pre-make the night before. Make a double or triple batch and keep refrigerated to keep yourself smoothie-stocked for a few days. Store in single serving drink bottles so they’re ready and easy to take with you.
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