Smoothies have been given a bit of a bad name in recent times with some containing whopping amounts of sugar which can easily exceed that of a Mars bar. Not good when it’s likely that the reason you’re having a smoothie is to do something beneficial for your health! But smoothies can also be a really useful way of cramming a lot of nutrients into 1 hit which some people would otherwise struggle to consume in a day. And yes they can be extremely tasty as well which is always a bonus.
If you look at the labels on shop bought versions you will generally find that yes, the sugar content is shocking. This does vary between brands though so if you are buying one, take care to read the labels carefully to compare. But if you really want to be able to monitor it, then have a go at making your own – if you’ve got a blender you can experiment with all sorts of concoctions and find what tickles your tastebuds the best! Low sugar fruits include raspberries, strawberries and cherries which are all excellent additions and useful for buying frozen and storing in the freezer. Avocado is great for adding creaminess as is ripe banana (but this contains more sugar). Add some unsweetened plant based milk (I play around with cashew, almond, hazelnut and oat) and avoid adding yoghurt or ice cream – this really will be a sugar bomb! The addition of greens is fantastic for including as well – squash in as much as you can; again I sometimes use frozen spinach instead of fresh as it’s so cost efficient. I sometime add a scoop of protein powder to mine too but that’s entirely optional.
Here’s a recipe to get you started 😊
1 small ripe banana
Handful of frozen berries (blueberries work well)
Big handful of spinach
Heaped teaspoon of cashew butter
Cashew milk (fill container with half cashew milk, half water)
More smoothie recipes coming your way soon so keep your eyes peeled…