If there’s one thing to know about me, it’s that I am a huge sucker for smoothies. I don’t know about the rest of you, but I really can’t go more than a few days without a healthy, creamy smoothie. I know my love of these sweet treats started way back in childhood, but I also am aware now that my choice ingredients for those smoothies weren’t exactly the healthiest.
In fact, since many of the smoothies I indulged on as a kid were made by chain stores and the like, they were often loaded with added sugar, mysterious powder mixes, and sweetened fruits. Now I didn’t necessarily mind this as a kid, but I know now that I can make much healthier choices when drinking a smoothie, especially since I now tend to whip up my own concoctions at home for the most part. The good news is that these days, smoothies really can be pretty healthy and good for you, as well as being delicious. Of course, it’s easier to have a healthy smoothie if you make it in your own home, but many smoothie chains tend to offer some healthy add-in ingredients for a small additional fee. If you really want to boost the health factor of your favorite smoothies, here are the best add-in ingredients to choose, some of which are profiled by Prevention – I highly recommend them all!
To start, smoothies can be a great place to up your intake of protein. There are all kinds of protein powders out there that can serve as great additional ingredients to your smoothies. Some of them are completely flavorless, so they won’t interact with the flavors you already have, but you can always add in protein powder that’s flavored with chocolate, vanilla, or even strawberry. You can also add a tablespoon of your favorite nut butter for an increase of protein content as well as a more creamy structure. I personally love adding nut butter to my smoothies at home. Chia seeds are one more fantastic ingredient you can sprinkle into your blender for added protein, fiber, and omega 3 fatty acids.
If you are ready to dive into the world of green smoothies, you may be wondering how you can sweeten your drink without dumping a ton of white sugar into the blender. Honey is a great way to sweeten your green smoothies. It’ll balance out the sharp taste of ingredients such as kale and romaine, and it will also provide healthy antioxidants for you. Dates are another great natural sweetening agent, and they provide a wonderfully thick texture for your drink.
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