A smoothie is the ultimate way to begin your day with a low fat breakfast, they are the ideal guilt free treat after a heavy workout and the perfect pick me up on a sad, gloomy day. The components of any one smoothie vary drastically from the other owing to the endless available possibilities of trial and experiment under taken in order to achieve your favorite blend of ingredients. Drinking a healthy smoothie as an alternative to other heavy high cholesterol breakfasts is an idyllic way to remain healthy and active throughout your day.
A smoothie is a convenient meal for any time. Just blend the ingredients, pour in a glass and drink up! If done correctly smoothies can be a great source for vitamins and fiber. In contrast, an unhealthy smoothie can add a hefty amount to your waistline at a pretty fast rate. Following are the perfect must-have ingredients for a nutrient-dense high-protein smoothie every morning.
All and every type of fruit not only gives an amazing richness and flavor to any smoothie but it’s also full of antioxidants, replenishing electrolytes and anti inflammation properties. Fruit smoothies help to provide you with any vitamins and minerals that you may be deficient in. Although you can experiment in all dimensions but some recommended fruits include berries, apple, banana and avocado.
2. Peanut Butter (or other healthy Fats)
Packed with protein, fiber, manganese and healthy fats, peanut butter can help to maintain your heart health and promote weight loss with a filling creamy and delicious smoothie. You may also substitute Peanut with another type of Nut Butter. And you can even make your own Nut Butter by food-processing any of the nuts that you like.
3. Cinnamon (or other spices)
Cinnamon is the perfect addition to balance the sweetness in your smoothie with no added amounts of sugars. This herb is also known to manage your cholesterol and blood sugar levels throughout the day.
4. Leafy greens
Green vegetables, spinach or kale in particular add a hefty amount of vitamins and important minerals to your morning smoothie without adversely affecting the taste. With calcium, vitamin A, C and E along with iron present in large quantities, this green smoothie would help in maintaining your heart health and metabolic rate along with giving you smooth glowing skin.
Add liquid to your smoothie in order to achieve your desired consistency. This fluid may be water, soy, almond, or rice milk (mylk) to help you stock up on the hunger fighting proteins. In addition, juice concentrate can also be substituted as the liquid.
Studies show that you can build up your muscle strength, boost brain power, burn fat and improve heart rate in just under a minute. The magic trick is to just blend up a smoothie and slurp away.
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