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5 Ways to Make Smoothies More Delicious

 
As the weather gets warmer, cold foods like smoothies can be more appealing. Though tasty, it is common to feel hungry soon after drinking one. The following are helpful tips to make smoothies more filling, nutrient dense, and delicious.

1. Mix up the fruit. Try a mix of berries and half a banana for a creamy texture. Using a mix of colorful fruits will ensure that the smoothie is rich in nutrients.

2. Add a date. Instead of adding a syrup, try a medjool date! They are naturally sweet, and add minerals and fiber to the mix.

3. Add veggies. Add a handful of spinach or other greens for a hidden veggie boost. Frozen cauliflower can also be used to add creaminess to the blend.

4. Include fat. Fats digest much slower than fruits and veggies, which helps to keep you feeling full. Try chia seeds, almond or peanut butter, avocado, full fat yogurt or cottage cheese.

5. Include protein. Protein also helps to keep us fuller and satisfied for longer. Try a protein powder, nut butter, Greek yogurt, or hemp seeds.

Since smoothies are a liquid, it is normal for them to move through your stomach faster, even with these tips. Try having your smoothie alongside your usual meal if you still do not feel satisfied.
 
Berry Blue Smoothie
Servings: 2
 
Ingredients:
 
2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
8 ounces Greek yogurt
1 cup 2% milk
2 medjool dates
1 1/2 cups ice cubes 
 
 
Preparation:
  
1. In the container of an electric blender container, place blueberries, yogurt, milk, and dates; whirl until smooth.
2. Add ice cubes, a few at a time, whirl until finely crushed. Serve immediately.
 
Serving Size: 1/2 of recipe

Nutrition Information per Serving: 273 calories, 3.8 grams total fat, 1.7 grams of saturated fat, 46 grams carbohydrate,5.8 grams fiber, 17 grams protein, 100milligrams sodium, 581 milligrams potassium, 35 grams sugar
 
 
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