Smoothies and juices are like the healthy milkshake cousins. Now, before you get mad at me, I’m not saying milkshakes aren’t healthy, with the right ingredients milkshakes can be a superfood, but smoothies and juices have a different appeal, they are light, crisp, and fresh and full of goodness!

Health Benefits of Smoothies and Juices Recipe 

  • When in liquid form, many of the nutrients can be easily digested by the body
  • They are concentrated sources of beneficial nutrients.
  • By blending or juicing we can increase the servings of fruits and vegetables we intake in a day (who is going to eat a whole banana, a whole orange, half a mango, one apple, and three carrots in one sitting??? I got full just typing that!) But when in the form of a smoothie or juice it is easier to consume all those fruits and veggies in just 8 ounces of liquid!
  • Most fruits and even some veggies provide natural sweetness to the mix, helping us reduce the number of refined sugars typically found in some drinks.
  • No junk! No artificial flavours or colours, and no preservatives, additives that can cause adverse reactions such as allergies or behavioral issues in children
  • They can help in weight loss and weight maintenance, and detoxification.

Smoothies Benefits Recipe

  • Quick and easy to make.
  • You can pour them into to reusable food pouches, or popsicle moulds for a great frozen treat for the whole family.
  • They are a great way to use scraps of fruits and vegetable
  • Perfect for sneaking in healthy ingredients and trick treat your kids to complete and healthy snacks.
  • They taste fantastic!

Tips for making smoothies and juicing successfully

  • You need the right equipment. For example, small blenders just don’t cut it when crushing ice. A high-speed blender and a good juicer will make the job much easier and quicker! (Here are some suggestions for smoothies Vitamix 5200s, and the Breville BJE510XL for juicing.)
  • Use the freshest fruits and vegetable possible
  • When using strongly flavoured spices add only half of the suggested amount and work your way up if needed
  • Only make one or two servings a the time to avoid overflowing
  • Add a bit of fat. Fat, like coconut oil or butter, aid in the absorption of nutrients
  • Read more on tips for better juicing from Girl Meets Nourishment
  • Learn how to build a better smoothie from Mary Vance, NC Holistic Nutrition & Wellness Coaching
Tropical Smoothie Recipe
Tropical Smoothie Recipe
  • 1/2 cup of whole milk (full fat) yogurt
  • 1 orange, peeled
  • 1/2 cup frozen mango
  • 1/2 cup frozen pineapple
  • 1 tbs coconut flakes
  • 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract (optional)
  • 2 tsp pure maple syrup

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