smoothie [ˈsmo͞oT͟Hē]: A thick, smooth drink of fresh fruit puréed with milk, yogurt, or ice cream. (Wikipedia)
I never used to make smoothies at home. I usually went out to Booster Juice for a Matcha Monsoon but never made it at home. However I decided it was something I should make as they are good for you and I should have it more often than once in a blue moon. Smoothies requires just a few ingredients you can find in your local grocery store and a blender. That’s it, it’s just that simple.
Depending on the smoothie you make, they can provide you with a number of benefits. For someone like me who normally doesn’t eat breakfast, it provides me with all the nutrients I need to get through the day all in one serving. I like to incorporate almond milk as it contains a lot of water keeping me hydrated, and the calcium and vitamin D needed to keep my bones strong. Almond milk promotes good cholesterol levels while decreasing bad cholesterol, good for those who have high cholesterol. I don’t think I need to go into the benefits of eating vegetables and fruits but smoothies do help meet your daily intake of them. One other benefit worth mentioning is that it helps lose weight, though it does depend on what you put in your smoothie. For example, if you have a smoothie as a meal replacement, it’ll definitely help you lose weight if you replace a 900 calorie meal with a 500 calorie smoothie. Smoothies are filling but delicious at the same time.
1 cup frozen berries, no sugar or preservatives added (I like mixed berries consisting of strawberries, blueberries and rasberries)
1 cup plain yoghurt
1/2 almond milk
honey to taste
handful of ice
Add all the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Garnish with a sprig of mint. Enjoy!