06/17/2021 | News release | Distributed by Public on 06/17/2021 15:49
An instant refresher, smoothies make for a nutritious breakfast or satisfying mid-day snack.
Summer hydration is critical to mental alertness and physical stamina. The liquid choices in smoothies run the road from coconut water to fruit juices.
Fruit juices range from cranberry, orange and pineapple to cherry, pomegranate and apple. Tap in to the antioxidant attributes of those dark reds for maximum benefit.
Watch the sugar intake as fruit and juices have natural sugars that need to be accounted for when creating a smoothie menu.
Dairy and non-dairy oat, almond and soy milks add their own version of liquid flavor. A yogurt of any type boosts the nutritional value of what goes into the blender.
Make it green. Plenty of green fruits and vegetables turn the daily smoothie into a BIGGreen energy machine. Avocado, kale, baby spinach, kiwi, cucumber, mint, lime, apples, celery and chard qualify.
Preparation shortcuts- washing, cutting and freezing fruits and veggies takes the hassle out of the actual blending and mixing.
Keep smoothie recipes in mind during those summer shopping trips. When great tasting peaches or strawberries show up on display, buy extra. They freeze nicely for future use.
If frozen fruits and vegetables are not available, consider do-ahead ice trays of the favored juices. Pop out a few cubes at a time to give each smoothie a frothy texture.
Protein powders, flax seed oil, vanilla extract, dates, or almond butter can contribute to higher nutritional sipping.
Start with the flavors we like before sneaking in bitter greens, carrots or spinach.
Serve them in festive clear-view glasses with colorful straws for sipping. Travel tumblers will keep them cool for lunch. Garnish with berries, herbs or fruit slices. No umbrella required.
Beat the heat. Boost immunity. Improve the mood. Set yourself free from at least one meal a day by adding smoothies to the line-up. They appeal to every age group. The smooth move is finding the perfect combination of ingredients.