Smoothie Starters and Other Fridge Essentials for Healthy Smoothie Recipes

Smoothie Starters and Other Fridge Essentials for Healthy Smoothie RecipesWhat’s a quick, easy to make breakfast (or snack) that won’t leave a stack of dirty dishes in your sink? Smoothies are nutritious, filling, and portable—which is perfect for an on-the-go mom. There are an endless amount of smoothie recipes available online that cater to a range of tastes (sweet, salty, savory) and feature healthy ingredients. How do you start your smoothie-making habit though, if you’ve never concocted one yourself? Glad you asked—here are a few fridge essentials and basics that will serve as your smoothie-making foundation:

It’s all in the blender

If you do not already own a blender, you’ll want to get one for making smoothies at home. Luckily, you don’t have to buy the top of the line model to make great smoothies. Also take into consideration how many people you’ll be making smoothies for at one time, because if it includes the entire family then you might want a larger model. Easy to clean, powerful enough to crush ice or frozen fruit—those are two key components that make a good blender for smoothies.

The basics – what kind of liquids make a good foundation

Water, milk, almond milk, coconut water, fruit juice—these are all healthy, viable liquid options that make good bases for your smoothies. Since you’re in charge of what to use and how much, you can switch between different bases depending on flavor and thickness preferences. Yogurt and Greek yogurt also make good smoothies if you like a thicker consistency and will keep you full longer. Try to stay away from liquids or yogurts that have additional sugars added to them; you’ll add your own smoothie sweeteners for healthier, tastier results.

Tackling all five food groups in your smoothie

Here’s where experimenting gets fun: you can add all kinds of fruits, veggies, and supplements until you’ve created the perfect smoothie for you. It’s good to keep frozen fruit on hand in the freezer just in case you’ve run out of bananas or it’s winter—berries, peaches, pineapple, and mango slices are found in most grocery stores. Again, pick brands that don’t add sugar to fruit before freezing for healthier results. You can add spinach to get more choline and healthy vitamins without having your smoothie taste too much like a salad. Adding flaxseed oil or ground flaxseed to your smoothie will boost your Omega-3 intake, as well as reduce your risk for breast cancer. Peanut butter makes a great protein source if you’re making a smoothie on your way to work, and will help you stay full longer.

Where’s the sweet stuff?

To replace high fructose corn syrup, try one of these sweeteners that has a lower glycemic index and less calories: honey, agave syrup, maple syrup, or even stevia. With all of the fruit you’re bound to include in your smoothie, follow the “less is more” rule for adding your sweetener of choice.