For several years now, the smoothie has been all the rage. However, some smoothies have good intentions but do not taste very good at all. As a matter of fact, the more healthy ingredients you have in a smoothie, sometimes the less taste there is to offer.
However, not all smoothies have to be full of high sugar fruits or bitter vegetables. If you combine the right ingredients that are personal favorites of yours, then you can come up with a win/win combination. You can experiment until you find the smoothie that is right for you.
Strawberries and Bananas – An All-Time Smoothie Classic
This is your basic smoothie recipe for those who have never made their own smoothie. It is a great way to start off your experimenting. This smoothie has a nice sweet flavor thanks to the banana and strawberries and also includes vitamins - as well as a bit of protein.
You don’t need a fancy food processor either; a simple blender will do the trick. Use one banana, one cup of low-fat milk, a cup of ice, approximately 3/4 cup non-fat yogurt, and about six strawberries. Toss all the ingredients into the blender. Once you have had the courage to make and try your own smoothie, you will see how easy it is to add different ingredients and even try it with some vegetables, perhaps some spinach or carrots.
Of course, if you are looking for added fiber in your diet, then you have to consider what foods or additives contain fiber and add them to your smoothie.
Mixed Berry Smoothie
For this smoothie, you will need approximately one cup of fresh or frozen berries. Strawberries, blackberries, and raspberries are naturally high in fiber and when added to your smoothie can give you the added boost of fiber that you are seeking without the awful taste of some fiber alternatives. Add about 1/2 cup of non-fat yogurt and 1/2 cup non-fat milk to your berries with some ice and blend away.
Another great idea is to add peanut butter, all natural of course, to your smoothie mixture. Peanut butter that is all natural is a great source of fiber and tastes great. Of course, if there are any sort of peanut allergies, peanut butter is obviously not the way to go.
Depending on your taste buds and how far you are willing to experiment, you can always try to add things such as flaxseed (properly ground up) or some wheat grass. Adding honey to these smoothies might help offset the taste of these ingredients while still offering you the added fiber you need.