Looking for a low-prep, nutritious meal or snack? (Who isn’t!) Look no further than the infinitely versatile smoothie.
I love smoothies partly because they are easy to tailor to individual preferences. Smoothies are endlessly customizable, from fruits and veggies to protein add-ins, to health “boosts,” and various ways to incorporate healthy fats. And there is no better way to replenish after a workout or refresh on a hot day than a chilled smoothie.
While smoothies can be packed with essential vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and other nutrients, not all smoothies are created equal. Pre-made packaged smoothies and those sold at smoothie stores often use fruit juice as a base and contain added sugar. The natural sugar found in fruit is no cause for concern for most people, but added sugar detracts from the healthfulness of a smoothie.
Often, the most nutritious smoothie is one you make yourself. Here are the key steps, components, and tips for building a healthy, balanced, and delicious smoothie!