Healthy Smoothies #bebetter52

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acbbcd07-8684-4fbc-8cca-5ff189ae8c5eWith May here and summer approaching, what sounds more refreshing than a smoothie? Not only are smoothies refreshing and enjoyable, but the fresh fruits and vegetables are filled with vitamins, minerals and fiber.

This week’s #bebetter52 challenge is to consume a healthy smoothie. You can drink it first thing in the morning to absorb all the nutrients or enjoy it as a treat after you work out to help rebuild your muscles. The important part is to make sure the smoothie is as healthy as possible!

Making a healthy smoothie isn’t difficult; you probably already have a lot of the ingredients in your kitchen.

First you need a base. The best and healthiest bases are almond or coconut milk, fresh fruit juice, or simply water. Be careful not to use conventional yogurt or juice because of the artificial flavoring and extra sugar.

Next, add fruits and veggies. Suggested fruits include strawberries, blueberries and pineapple. Bananas add a nice texture to the smoothie and complement all other fruits. For vegetables, spinach or kale are flavorful and give the smoothie a boost of energy. We suggest using frozen fruits to make your smoothie cold instead of using ice cubes.

Nuts and seeds will add extra nutrients to your smoothie. Almonds, peanuts, chia seeds and sunflower seeds are among the most popular. If you feel daring, you could even add a little peanut butter.

The last step is to add a supplement powder. Try to use plant-based proteins for maximum health benefits.

Feel free to be as creative as you want and to make the smoothie your own! As long as it is healthy, you are completing the challenge.

For more information on healthy smoothies and recipes, reference the links below:

20 Super-Healthy Smoothie Recipes

7 Tricks to Make a Healthy Smoothie

Health Benefits of Fruit Smoothies