3 Tips to Make the Perfect Healthy Smoothie

Healthy Recipes Tuesday, May 14, 2013 Written by

Smoothies. They seem a bit like cheating, right? Healthy treats that taste like dessert. And you can have them for breakfast. It’s almost too good to be true…

Well, bad news. A lot of the time, that “healthy” smoothie is too good to be true. Chances are that if you picked up a smoothie from a fast food place or bought something premade from the grocery store, that smoothie wasn’t nearly as healthy as you might think.

But never fear. Here are three tips that will help you make a smoothie that not only tastes good, but is good for you, too.

Drop the sugar.

Next time you make a smoothie, take a look at the ingredients in the stuff you’re adding to it. You might be surprised by how much of that flavored yogurt was flavored with sugar or high fructose corn syrup. Choose plain yogurt instead. That way you’ll get the maximum health benefit.

Fruit tastes good. Use it.

Whatever happened to just using fruit to add a sweet flavor? There’s almost always something good that’s in season and ready to add some variety to your breakfast smoothie. And if you don’t like what’s in season, you can use some frozen berries, bananas or cans of unsweetened pineapple.

Just remember: you need to use fruit – not fruit juices. If you want all of fruit’s benefits (like fiber and nutrients), stick to whole fruits.

Use good proteins.

A lot of people are relying more and more on protein powders to add protein to their smoothies. But why not try actual food? It’s a much healthier option. Plus, Consumer Reports did some research a few years ago and found out that many protein powders contain lead, cadmium, and even arsenic. Not good.

So use good proteins like yogurt, peanut or almond butter, or even cottage cheese. Again, just be sure to watch the added sugar.

Keep these tips in mind, and you’ll be “cheating” your way to good health in no time!