Mango Flaxseed Super Smoothie By Brown & Medina NutritionJune 29, 2015
There’s nothing quite as refreshing as a cold smoothie on a hot summer day. While smoothies can be a nutritious choice, buying one from your local health food store could be adding a meal’s worth of calories to your day. Some smoothie shops add ingredients that are unnecessary (such as added sugar and juice) or they add ingredients in excessive amounts. For example, some fruit smoothies can contain three, four, five, or more servings of fruit in just one drink! In that case, you’d feel much more satisfied if you had eaten that amount of servings of fruit throughout the day rather than drinking them all down in one sitting. Using juice as your smoothie base adds even more servings of fruit, and that can cause the sugar content of your drink to exceed that of soda.
By making your own smoothies, you can choose how much of each ingredient to add. It is always a good idea to add some protein and/or fat to your smoothie. This will decrease your spike in blood sugar, so you are less likely to feel hungry after you’ve had your smoothie. Some great choices for fat and protein additions include Greek yogurt, milk, protein powder, faxseeds, chia seeds, nuts, nut butter, and avocados. It’s nearly impossible to mess up a smoothie, so get creative and see what combinations you can come up with! Here’s a great recipe to try.
Mango Flaxseed Smoothie
3/4 cup frozen mango chunks
2 tablespoon flaxseeds
½ cup plain greek yogurt
½ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
Handful of spinach (nutrition bonus!)
Unsweetened coconut flakes
Squeeze of lime
Dash of cinnamon
Fun Tip: Although you don’t need to add ice when you use frozen fruit in your smoothie, you can try adding your favorite milk to ice cube trays and freezing them for extra thick smoothies!