I love smoothies, especially the ones from The Juice Shack. My favorite is their Soy Smoothie - a smoothie that is slightly less sweet than all the others and is incredibly filling. And I thought I was doing good with that occasional treat - until I came across a list of unhealthy ingredients many smoothie companies and people alike are adding to their smoothies. The list?
Juice, sugar, random vitamins, sorbet, too much protein, more than 2 cups of fruit, a larger than 16oz size, so-called nut butters (sometimes simply a spoonful of Skippy...), and (gulp) soy protien.
All of these add more calories to the smoothie, making it not much better (and in some cases, worse) than dessert. So what can you put in a smoothie to have it be beneficial? Because looking at this list, it almost seems like only air and ice will suffice.
Thankfully, I found that soy protein and soy milk were two separate things. Phew! Some more healthy things you CAN add to your smoothie:
Frozen bananas - great natural sweetener instead of using sugar
Non traditional fruits - figs, grapefruit,
Vegetables - believe it or not, avocados, spinach, and other veggies can make for a great tasting smoothie with healthy benefits. Try the recipe for the Creamy Green Smoothie, if you don't believe me.
Healthy nut butters - like almond or coconut, and in limited quantities
Non-dairy options - soy milk, almond milk, or rice milk make yummy bases for smoothies. So do soy yogurts and the like.
And I also found some great recipes for smoothies that included much healthier options than juice, sugar, sorbet, or anything else that is taking away from what should be a healthy meal alternative. Here's one:
Spring Forward Smoothie
vegan, serves 2
1 cup frozen bananas (freeze as thin rounds)
1 1/4 cups soy milk
1/2 cup vanilla soy yogurt
3/4 cup organic frozen strawberries
1/2 cup frozen peaches
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup ice (coconut water ice cubes are my fave)
Blend. Pour. Serve.
I call it it a Souther peach smoothie
This is my favorite smoothie to make in the summer!
Sometimes I add sub juice for the milk and add a little ice!