Whether you enjoy smoothies for a breakfast, a snack or even just dessert, they’re a great way to make sure you’re getting your daily servings of fruits and vegetables. New to the smoothie game? Here are some of the healthiest smoothie ingredients (and unhealthy ones to keep away from the blender):
Fruits: Use fresh, frozen, or canned fruit in water or its own juice. Antioxidant-packed berries such as strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries can add a touch of sweetness, while fruits like bananas will add a little density.
Vegetables: Use raw vegetables such as carrot, kale, spinach, avocado and cucumber to add extra vitamins and minerals. These vegetables pair surprisingly well with sweeter fruits.
Toppings: Flaxseed and chia seed add texture and protein, while healthier flavorings like vanilla extract or coconut water add sweetness without adding a ton of calories.
What to Ditch: To get the most out of your smoothie, avoid adding anything too sugary such as flavored yogurt, ice cream, chocolate syrup or canned fruit (in syrup). If you have a sweet tooth, add berries or an apple instead.