Is There Any Doubt That These Smoothies are Good for You?
TIP: Have you ever tossed out an over-ripe banana? Freeze them instead. You can easily freeze fresh fruits when abundant in season or buy them already frozen.
Most berries add not only flavor and color, but also come with a low glycemic load making them ideal for dieters and those who watch their blood sugar.
Add to the list some mangos, papaya, peaches, pears, plums, melon, and apples, and you have a variety of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytonutrients cleverly dispensed in your diet.
Most fruit comes sweet, so be slow to add sugars. A bit of honey, if needed, is best. A single Medjool date works as well. You can also spoon in maple syrup or drop in a natural stevia leaf (from a plant that is easy to grow and also looks charming in any home).
Flavorings, extracts, and spices are the extra goodies that can bring out your creative genius. Start with what you know you like and go from there. A spoonful of cocoa, a sprinkle of cinnamon, vanilla extract or even a bit of coffee can jazz things up.
When making a meal of your smoothie, top it off with flax seeds, toasted rolled oats, chopped nuts or almond butter. A few mini-chocolate or mint chips add a special touch. The list goes on and on.
Toss in the ice cubes, and you’re good to go.