Written by Ashley Woods
Photo by Ashley Woods
Meal replacements, protein shakes, juicing…all just trendy forms of blended fruits, veggies, and the stuff that’s deemed “good for you.” However, there are plenty of benefits to the health craze of this day and age.
Recipes are up to your discretion, but before just throwing a bunch of things in a blender it’s best to know what suits your taste and your needs. For included fiber in a smoothie, it’s best to stay away from juicers, as they only extract juice from the fruit or veggie and subtract the pulp. Benefits of the fiber provided by pulp is that you will feel full for a longer period of time. This method of smoothie/juice making can be used when you are aiming for a meal replacement.
For added nutrients and to diversify the taste, protein is always a great mix. Some good sources are almond milk, Greek yogurt, flaxseed, and peanut butter.
A go-to summer blend has been the pineapple cucumber smoothie. This hydrating yet cleansing combo has a great flavor and adding ice gives this fruit and veggie combo a super refreshing feel. It is a great aid for weight loss as cucumbers are high in water content and pineapples are high in the antioxidant vitamin C, as well as helps with digestion.