Being on the standard unhealthy western diet first thing I figured out was: I need more fruit in my diet. We all need more fruit in our diet. Eureka!!!
Even though I always enjoyed the taste of fruit I just rarely ate it. Coming from a bad place health wise I wanted to eat enough fruit to stay healthy and something extra to make up for the lost years. Smoothies!!!
Yup smoothies are a great way to get some extra nutrients, anti-oxidants and fiber into our depleted bodies. Conveniently they are super easy to make. Get a blender and throw some random fruit in it. Maybe add some water to make it more fluid. It’s just that easy to start making smoothies.
However, there are many hacks to make your smoothies even better.
All fruits are healthy but some are even healthier, like berries. They top the anti-oxidant charts by a mile and are packed with phytonutrients. Having a sweet taste they are a delight to the tongue. Where some other fruits can have a negative effect on blood sugar control after being blended, berries negate this and even help you control your blood sugar level. That’s why I always include berries in my smoothie. Blue berries are my favorite.
Living this fast lane life we often don’t have time to go out and get our groceries. Here is were frozen fruit comes into play. You can keep it for weeks if not months in the freezer. So you always have fruit available. Where I live not all fruits (like berries) are fresh available throughout the year, but most stores do have them frozen. Frozen strawberries and raspberries have the same nutrients as there fresh counter parts.
Because life is expensive enough as it is it can be a challenge to fund your glass of smoothie every day. Bananas are a cheap way to fill up your blender so you can have a smoothie today, tomorrow and even the day after tomorrow. The natural fibers found in bananas make them a treat for the good bacteria in your gut.
Stay away from canned fruit. The canning process destroy most of the nutrients. Extra sugar is added to the syrup and the can linings leak harmful chemicals into the product.
There are more cheats for more interesting smoothies, those include adding ingredients from outside the realm of fruit.
Step by step. Let’s talk about that another time. For now just enjoy your smoothie!