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A More Nutritious Smoothie

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When you’re on the go, smoothies offer an easy and delicious way to maintain your energy. But most of the smoothies offered on the show grounds and in drive thrus are packed with more sugar than nutrition. Here are four make-at-home alternatives to shake up your smoothie routine.

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Go Berry

Still sweet but featuring the health benefits of chia seed and beets, this mix is a great introduction to the world of savory smoothies.

3/4 cup almond milk

3/4 cup frozen berries

1 small grated beet

1/4 cup mint leaves

2 Tbsp fresh lime juice

1 Tbsp ground chia seeds

1 Tbsp honey

pinch of salt

Blend thoroughly.

Chia seeds are excellent way to make a significant improvement to your nutrition without much change. just 1 oz of chia seeds is loaded with healthy fibers and Omega-3s (like that awesome supplement your horse probably

Go Green

Avocado might feel like an odd choice for a smoothie, but the creamy texture it brings makes this more a shake than smoothie.

1/2 avocado

1/2 cup chopped greens like Kale

1/2 cup frozen pineapple

1/4 chopped coconut

1 cup iced green tea

juice of half a lemon

1 Tbsp honey (adjust to taste)

pinch of salt

Blend thoroughly.

Avocados are the only fruit that provides a substantial amount of monounsaturated fat (the healthy kind) and contain nearly 20 vitamins and minerals.

Go Tropical

If your go to choice at Jamba Juice is a mango smoothie, boost your nutrition with this home made version.

1 orange, peel removed

1 large chopped carrot

1/2 cup frozen mango

1/2 cup coconut water

1 Tbsp shelled hemp seeds

1 1/2 tsp finely grated tumeric

3/4 tsp finely grated ginger

dash of cayenne pepper

pinch of salt

Blend thoroughly.

In addition to an exceptionally well balanced dose of protein, fiber and fat, hemp seeds contain all of the essential amino acids—something uncommon with plant protein sources—making them a great addition for people on a vegetarian or vegan diet.

What’s your favorite smoothie flavor?

 

 

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