Jamba Juice and Smoothie King are two of the most popular places to grab a smoothie. However, you better believe it’s more cost effective to grab your blender and get shaking at home to create those hard to resist smoothies. Don’t think you have what it takes to create that cup of blended fruit heaven you get from brand name smoothie places? Think again.
Be sure to include these next ingredients in your smoothie for a sweet treat that is healthy and tasty as well
1. Ice — This may seem like a “duh” statement, but one way you can be sure your smoothie packs the same amount of punch as the store bought ones is to include about one part (1/3) ice in your blend. The other two parts (2/3) should be from juice and fruit.
2. Bananas — In addition to the great source of potassium that bananas provide, it’s also a great source of fiber and vitamin b6. Vitamin b6 is vital to building and processing all essential amino acids. In addition to their health benefits, bananas taste great and provide the all important “thickness” that great smoothies possess.
3. Whey Protein — Speaking of amino acids, another great supplement designed to help with animo acid production is whey protein. It’s easily and rapidly digested and is optimal for post-workout consumption. When making a smoothie that includes whey protein, be sure to prepare and store your smoothie to enjoy 15 minutes after your workout.
4. Mangoes — Carrots aren’t the only source of beta cartone. Mangoes provide beta cartone, in addition to vitamins A and C; both of which fight off cancer causing agents and build healthy skin. That makes mangoes a wonderful addition to any smoothie.
5. Pineapple Orange Juice –– Pineapple orange juice is definitely something different than the usual addition of plain old OJ. We all know about OJ and vitamin C, but add the pineapple to the mix and you now have a healthy dose of bromelin, an inflammation reducing enzyme. And, who doesn’t need anti-inflammatory agents when working out at full capacity?
6. Cherries — Similar to the bromelin powers of pineapples, cherries have been linked to reducing the effects of arthritis symptoms. Cherries are a rich source of vitamin C and fiber as well.
7. Peanut butter — Peanut butter in a smoothie may sound like a totally insane idea, but with all the protein, naicin, and maganese it provides, peanut butter is a winner for smoothies. When consummed in moderation, peanut butter can aid weight loss. Try it out! There are enough great smoothie recipes online that call for peanut butter and one is sure to catch yourÂ taste buds.
8. Milk — Of course, milk is good in smoothies. However, beware not to include whole milk in your drink, as doing so will dramatically increase the fat content of your smoothie. Instead, opt for fat free or low-fat milk; which provides all the benefits of calcium and protein with little to none of the fat.
9. Blueberries — Google the benefits of blueberries and the results will show many links regarding brain function and antioxidant properties. In fact, blueberries not only enhance memory function, but are reported to help reverse some memory loss. Include them in your smoothie and you might start to remember where you placed your keys in the morning!
10. Raspberries — On the heels of blueberries where brain health and antioxidant properties are concerned, raspberries are filled with vitamin C, manganese and fiber as well. Oh, and they taste great as well.
11. Yogurt — A yummy addition, especially when fruit is involved, yogurt can be super helpful or super harmful to your smoothie. Yogurt contains enough phosphorus and calcium to make it a helpful addition to any smoothie. Keep it helpful by making sure it’s fat-free and you can add any variety of yogurt you like to your smoothie. And yes, that includes low-fat chocolate yogurt too!
These are just a few suggestions to take your smoothie blending skills from just great-tasting and somewhat beneficial to great-tasting AND super healthy. This list is by no means exhaustive. Strawberries, blackberries, and pomegranate are other great smoothie ingredient choices. Be sure to check out recipes that delight your taste buds and include these ingredients to maximize your workouts every time.