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Healthy Smoothie Recipes For A Healthy Life

healthy smoothie recipes

There is a health epidemic going on right now. The majority of the US population is overweight. Being overweight and unhealthy is linked to killers such as diabetes, kidney disease, and even cancer.

If someone could hand you a magic drink that you could have everyday to help you lose weight, feel better, provide more energy, clear your skin, help you sleep better, and lengthen you life… wouldn’t you take it? Especially if it tasted good? Well, that magic drink is a healthy smoothie.

My name is Drew and I am a health coach and healthy food crusader. My mission in life is to get people to start making healthier food choices and hopefully save some lives along the way. In my experience the average person is not too excited about eating fruits and vegetables. I could sit here and tell you to eat 5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day but would you really do it? The average person has barely one serving a day and that still is questionable because that iceberg lettuce on your Caesar salad for lunch does not count. The worst part is that instead of fruits and vegetables people are consuming pounds and pounds of sugar and refined flour products that just add to the health problems. So that is where smoothies come in.

What is a healthy smoothie?

I know you’re idea of a smoothie is probably the one you get at Jamba Juice that has all sort of extra sugar in it (ask them what the liquid is they use to make the smoothie) or something with a handful of fruit and 3 scoops of ice cream in it. Well this is not what I am talking about. A healthy smoothie is all the healthy things that you are supposed to eat but don’t, all blended up into a great tasting shake. They taste amazing and will make you feel amazing. The fact that they taste great is one of the major reasons to give them a try. And all it requires is a blender and few ingredients.

Why can’t I just eat my fruits and vegetables?

The recommended serving of fruits and vegetables per day is not realistic for most people. It’s actually hard to find a lot of places that sell vegetables on your lunch break. And in the morning, you are probably more concerned with sleeping in and getting out the door than eating anything healthy. So that is where smoothies come in. They are quick and easy to make and give you all the health you need in a glass. Instead of having to eat 2 bags of spinach for breakfast you can have a delicious healthy smoothie instead.

What sort of Blender do I need?

You will need a blender that is capable of at least crushing ice. This will ensure that it can also blend up greens and fruits. For more information on blenders and blender recommendations for smoothie making see this article Best blender for smoothies.

I have a blender, now what?

The first thing to do is cover the basics of smoothie making. It isn’t too complicated but there are certain steps you should be aware of. Read all about the basics of smoothie making here.

Healthy Smoothie Recipes

Now it’s time to try out some smoothie recipes and see just how good they actually tasted. Pick any smoothie that sounds good and give it a shot.

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MixStirs in Sewickley Now Open

MixStirs is proud to announce the opening of its newest location in Sewickley, PA.

The Sewickley MixStirs opened last week with a bang with lines out the door most of the day.  Kids enjoyed taking pictures with Banana Boy, many of which can be seen at the MixStirs Fan Page on Facebook.

Smoothies, wraps, paninis, protein shakes………you can’t get enough!

If you are in the area please stop by and see what has got the town of Sewickley going wild!

Keep a look out for our newest location opening soon in Washington Heights, NYC.

Stir It Up!

Top 10 Healthy Cooking Tips

  1. A smoothie can cover a multitude of needs. Throw a banana along with frozen berries, kiwi or whatever fruit is to your liking, some orange or other juice, some fat-free or low-fat yogurt and protein powder. You can get 4–5 servings of fruit in one glass of a yummy shake. Try getting your loved one to sip on a smoothie. It’s easy, cool, refreshing and healthy.
  2. Preserve the nutrients and colors in veggies. Cook them quickly by steaming or stir-frying.
  3. Use herbs, vinegar, tomatoes, onions and/or fat-free or low-fat sauces or salad dressings for better health, especially if you have high blood pressure or high cholesterol.
  4. Use your time and your freezer wisely. When you cook once, make it last longer by preparing enough for several other meals. Freeze it and have a ready-made healthy treat for the next time you are simply too tired to bother.
  5. Prepared seasonings can have high salt content and increase your risk for high blood pressure. Replace salt with herbs and spices or some of the salt-free seasoning mixes. Use lemon juice, citrus zest or hot chilies to add flavor.
  6. Canned, processed and preserved vegetables often have very high sodium content. Look for “low-sodium” veggies or try the frozen varieties. Compare the sodium content on the Nutrition Facts label of similar products (for example, different brands of tomato sauce) and choose the products with less sodium.
  7. Prepare muffins and quick breads with less saturated fat and fewer calories. Use three ripe, very well-mashed bananas, instead of 1/2 cup butter, lard, shortening or oil or substitute one cup of applesauce per one cup of these fats.
  8. Choose whole grain for part of your ingredients instead of highly refined products. Use whole-wheat flour, oatmeal and whole cornmeal. Whole-wheat flour can be substituted for up to half of all-purpose flour. For example, if a recipe calls for 2 cups of flour, try 1 cup all-purpose flour and 1 cup minus 1 tablespoon whole-wheat flour.
  9. In baking, use plain fat-free or low-fat yogurt or fat-free or low-fat sour cream.
  10. Another way to decrease the amount of fat and calories in your recipes is to use fat-free milk or 1% milk instead of whole or reduced-fat (2%) milk. For extra richness, try fat-free half-and-half or evaporated skim milk.

Good Looks Smoothie

Want to make yourself more attractive simply by drinking?

We don’t mean looking in the mirror after 10 pints of Stella, either – root vegetables such as parsnips are high in potassium, which strengthens hair and nails, while the carrots, peppers and melon are full of skin-healing and cleansing vitamins A and C.

Ingredients

2 peeled carrots
1 ½ peeled and diced
Galia melon
1 peeled parsnip
1 deseeded green pepper
100ml fresh orange juice

Blend all the fruit and veggies together, adding the juice at the end to improve the drink’s texture and give an extra boost of vitamin C.