So, you bought your blender with the intentions of making super-healthy smoothies every morning, but it’s now lying forgotten at the back of your cupboard, or you just end up making the same peanut-butter, banana and yoghurt number every morning. Smoothies are a great option for breakfast because they’re quick, easy and you can drink them on the go. Which means there are no more excuses for skipping breakfast ‘cos you were in a rush!
Here, a few ingredients you might not have thought of to try that have great health benefits and won’t make your meal taste like you’re eating grass (yes, we’re still not into wheatgrass, sorry).
This thick and delicious yoghurt is a great base for any smoothie to build on. Yoghurt is full of probiotics and the Greek kind contains loads of protein too, so you don’t have to waste your time and taste buds with sad and runny fat-free yoghurt.
Apricots are sweet and contain potassium, so they’re a great replacement for when you’re bored of bananas. Cut them up into segments and keep them in a container in the freezer. This way, they’ll last all week long and won’t get pulpy in your blender.
Everyone needs a bit more fibre in their diet, right? Add raw oats or cook up a small batch if you’ve got time. You’ll have a thicker, chewier meal on your hands. Yum.
Sugar-Free Peanut Butter
This will make any smoothie taste delicious (provided you like the taste of peanut butter, obviously) and thicken it up nicely too. Take care to only use ones that are labelled ‘sugar-free’ because otherwise you might as well be eating a Snickers bar for breakfast.
Not only does drinking cranberry juice regularly help to prevent UTIs, it’s also good for teeth and bones, guards against kidney stones and reduces your risk of stomach ulcers. Without a liquid element your smoothie will be undrinkable, so add some juice to make it easy to sip on.
We all love putting berries in our smoothies, but blueberries are expensive AF. Think of grapes as a more affordable alternative. Just keep them in your freezer for a similar texture and use when you need a sweet element in your smoothie.
We know: you’re bored of hearing about how wonderful kale is for you – but there’s a reason why everyone goes on about it so much. It’s full of vitamins! Can’t stand the taste? Simply add a variety of other ingredients to your smoothie mix and you’ll barely taste it.
This is great for its anti-inflammatory properties. If you’re feeling achy, throw some flaxseed in. Flaxseed loses its health benefits quite quickly after being ground though, so it’s best to buy the seeds whole and grind them yourself before using it.
Soya milk doesn’t have to be only for vegans. It’s really nutritious and a great way to cut down on dairy, which can leave a lot of people clogged up, especially if you’ve already added four massive spoons of delicious Greek yoghurt.
Now, go forth and start blending!
From Cosmo ZA
Cranberry Juice is terrible for you. It’s full of sugar! NOT GOOD FOR YOUR TEETH! However, whole frozen cranberries are good for you and are great in smoothies!
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