Smoothies are often thought to be a healthy meal replacement or a nutritious snack. They also make regular appearances on detox plans and weight loss programs. This leads many people to wonder, are all smoothies healthy? They can come in many forms, from homemade to store bought. The key to making a smoothie healthy is to find the right balance of vegetables, protein, fruit and good fats.
Smoothies are an excellent way to fit in extra nutrients and antioxidants to your day. They’re also portable and compact for an on the go meal. Just watch out for store bought smoothies or homemade recipes with large amounts of juice, sugar and calories. A balanced single serving smoothie can include about 1 cup fruit (fresh or frozen), 1 cup greens, 3/4 cup to 1 cup liquid (almond milk or plain yogurt) plus an additional protein (nut butter, chia seeds, cooked quinoa, flax seeds). Check out the Clearly Organic blog for healthy smoothie recipes.