The process is easy. When making a smoothie, you’ll need a base. This could be water, milk or yogurt depending on your dietary requirements or planned calorie consumption. Each base has its own benefits, for example water will help keep your body hydrated in order to boost your metabolism and transport nutrients, while low-fat milk can provide nutrients such as Vitamin D and calcium, keeping your bones strong as well as creating a richer flavor.
Simply add your chosen fruits or vegetables to the base and whirl them in a blender for a sweet beverage that can help to ensure good health. Additionally, you can add a few extra ingredients to enjoy boosted health benefits, such as chia seeds, flax seeds, kale or spinach.
If you’re not sure what to put in a berry smoothie, why not try one of these?
Simple Berry Smoothie
Ingredients: 1 cup berries – choose your favorite, 1 banana, 1 cup low fat natural or vanilla yogurt, 1/2 cup skimmed milk.
Simply place in a blender and whirl to achieve your desired consistency.
Makes approximately 3 servings.
Blueberry Chocolate Smoothie
Ingredients: 1 cup blueberries, 2 tablespoons cocoa powder, 1 cup milk, 2 teaspoons maple syrup, ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract, 1 dash ground cinnamon, 1 dash ground nutmeg.
Blend the ingredients until smooth, using a strainer if you prefer an even smoother result, and garnish with whole blueberries for an irresistible finish.
Ingredients: Approximately 7 large strawberries, 2.5 cups spinach, 1 banana, 3/4 cup orange juice.
Place the ingredients in a blender and blend until you can no longer see large pieces of spinach leaf.
For further recipes or ideas, look online for a huge range of options, all featuring their own health benefits. Incorporating smoothies into your diet will give you the opportunity to get creative, find your favorite combinations and enjoy their nutrients with ease.