Fruit smoothies are well-known as a quick, easy, healthy meal-in-a-cup. However, when you start to examine the ingredients in pre-made or mass-produced smoothies, one has to wonder what happened to the “healthy” part? With an abundance of added sugars, unnecessary calories, and artificial ingredients, the secret to the most healthy smoothie starts within your own blender!
Stay simple with the ingredients.
Experimenting with different combos and new flavors is fantastic— just be sure your ingredients are as pure and basic as possible when they go into the blender. This means fruits and vegetables with no syrups, sweeteners, or preservatives, pure filtered water, and clean protein powder.
Boost health benefits with add-ins.
Adding cinnamon, ginger, spinach, kale, and chia seeds are a great ways to boost your smoothie’s health benefits— not to mention enhancing the flavor! On the Smoothie Shakedown, 2 tablespoons of flaxseed oil is recommended and many people have found that adding the oil to their smoothies is a great way to get that daily helping without having to consume a spoonful of oil. This secret is great when you’re trying to sneak some extra vitamins in on the picky eaters in your house. (Spinach? Blends right in! They’ll never even know!)
Keep frozen goods on-hand.
There are lots of benefits when it comes to frozen produce, the most obvious is convenience. You’re more likely to enjoy a healthy smoothie for breakfast when you always have supplies ready and waiting, right? Fruits and veggies keep longer in the freezer, plus they are frozen at the peak of freshness so you’re sure to get a full dose of vitamins and minerals.
Remember the importance of protein powder.
The main component of any healthy fruit smoothie is protein powder. There are lots of options out there so it’s important to be diligent when shopping around. The Fat Flush Body Protein is a plant protein specifically designed to be used with the Smoothie Shakedown protocol for healthy weight loss and successful weight maintenance. If your protein powder is laced with artificial ingredients, soy, and other additives, you could be doing more harm than good with your daily smoothie.