I love smoothies! In fact, I love them so much, I created this recipe page so I could share my favorites with you. Taking less than a minute or so to make, smoothies provide a really easy way to eat more fruit and vegetables. Some are also high in protein, making them a perfectly balanced meal in a glass.
You can also use them to help you lose weight – just consume a low-calorie smoothie instead of a high-calorie meal. Simple!
My friends like smoothies too, and we often spend time in the summer at one another’s houses making refreshing drinks while catching up on the news and gossip. Smoothies are the perfect social, summer drink!
But, I don’t just like smoothies in the summer, I enjoy them in the winter too. In fact, from a nutritional point of view, winter smoothies make even more sense. My friends think this is a little crazy but, to me, wintertime smoothies are a very sensible choice.
Smoothies contain fruits or vegetables. Fruits and vegetables contain vitamins and minerals. Vitamins and minerals are vital for your health. In fact, if you consume adequate vitamins and minerals, you will probably suffer from fewer winter colds, and that’s good news if, like me, you work in an office, or have to spend time with large groups of people where germs and illnesses are easily spread.
Ironically, doing a lot of exercises can also increase your risk of suffering colds, especially if you exercise in a gym with recirculated air, or frequently go from very hot to very cold i.e. after sweating, you cool down too quickly.
Let’s face it, no one enjoys being ill, and it’s wintertime when colds and other illnesses are most common. More vitamins and minerals mean fewer illnesses – and that’s nothing but good news. You can even supercharge your smoothies to make them even more healthy by adding superfood powder. You can learn more about that topic in my article Superfood powder guide.
Because they are high in nutrients, but low in calories, smoothies are the perfect health food for people who want to avoid gaining weight, or would like to lose weight. They are also great for anyone who wants to eat healthily but doesn’t have the time to cook.
That’s why I love smoothies so much – convenience. When I’m in a hurry in the morning before work, or tired and feeling lazy afterward, I know I can whip up a nutritious, delicious smoothie in just a couple of minutes. That’s much better than skipping a meal, leading to hunger and junk food snacks later on, or eating something unhealthy like a takeout.
Of course, to make great-tasting smoothies, you need a blender. My blender is my most used, most loved kitchen gadget. I’ve had a few different models in the past, and have finally settled on what I think is the best model for me.
If you don’t yet have a blender, or want to make sure your next purchase is right for you, make sure you check out my article The best blender for you, in which I steer you through making the right blender choice for your needs and budget.
Summer or winter, breakfast, lunch or dinner, smoothies are the perfect way to prepare a nutritious, delicious meal in minutes. If you aren’t drinking smoothies regularly, I really do recommend that you start!