Would you like a glass of cool, creamy and nutritious goodness? Time to get out the blender and some healthy smoothie recipes.
Smoothies are a delicious and convenient way to prepare a nutritious snack, sweet treat, or even a real meal. "Smoothies are a good, easy-to-digest way to eat well if you don't have a lot of appetite when you wake up. This is something a lot of people struggle with," said Rachael Hartley, RD, intuitive eating consultant and owner of Rachael Hartley Nutrition tells SELF. They are also a pretty practical option for many of us who are currently experiencing burnout while cooking.
While only the basics (fruit and a liquid) should do this for a light snack or dessert, a smoothie should be a bigger snack, or eating requires a few more ingredients if it is to be really satisfactory, says Hartley. Fruit is high in naturally occurring sugar and fiber, but you want to add some protein and fat to your carbohydrates to get a more balanced and filling meal, says Hartley. Milk or soy milk and Greek yogurt are great sources of protein (and fat if you're fully fat), Hartley says, while nut butter adds creaminess and fat, as well as a hint of protein and fiber. A few other examples of great add-ins are avocado (for creaminess, fat, and fiber) and oats (for fiber and texture).
Well, of course, if you're a green smoothie person ̵
We've put together a number of creative, delicious, nutritious smoothie recipes. Smoothies are "pretty adaptable," says Hartley. So you can add or replace ingredients or adjust the liquid ratio to your liking. Here are 31 healthy smoothie recipes so you can get a mix.
A note on the word healthy here: We know that healthy is a complicated concept. Not only can it mean different things to different people, it's also a word that's fairly charged (and sometimes full) thanks to the influence of the diet industry on the way we think about food. When we talk about healthy food at SELF, we are mainly talking about food that is nutritious, filling and satisfying. But it also depends on your preferences, your culture, what is available to you and much more. We selected these recipes based on these basic criteria and at the same time tried to address a variety of nutritional needs and taste buds.