A smoothie is a thick and generally cold beverage made from blended fruits/vegetables and other ingredients such as dairy products, sweeteners, ice, soy milk, ginger, honey, yogurt, tea, nuts, seeds and/or nutritional supplements.  While not all smoothies are heart healthy, several recipes can be found that promote a combination of ingredients that are good for the heart (and body in general). Fruit smoothies can be an easy way to nourish and replenish your body with essential nutrients. With a blender and some basic ingredients you can make your own smoothies. Smoothies are fun to make, take very little time and help to prevent the waste of otherwise unused fruits and vegetables.

Here are just a few that I’ve personally tried and recommend:


Services: 1
1 c plain nonfat yogurt
1 banana
½ c orange juice

6 frozen strawberries

Combine the yogurt, banana, juice, and strawberries for 20 seconds. Scrape down the sides and blend for an additional 15 seconds.
Nutrition (per serving) 300 cal, 14 g pro, 63 g carb, 5 g fiber, 45 g sugars, 0.5 g fat, 0 g sat fat, 180 mg sodium

Servings: 2
1 banana, sliced
¾ c (6 oz) vanilla yogurt
1 Tbsp honey
½ tsp freshly grated ginger
Combine the banana, yogurt, honey, and ginger. Blend until smooth.
Nutrition (per serving) 157 cals, 1 g fat, 0.8 g sat fat, 57 mg sodium, 34 g carbs, 28 g sugars, 1.5 g fiber, 5 g protein

Servings: 1
1 navel orange, peeled
¼ c fat-free half-and-half or fat-free yogurt
2 Tbsp frozen orange juice concentrate
¼ tsp vanilla extract
4 ice cubes
Combine the orange, half-and-half or yogurt, orange juice concentrate, vanilla, and ice cubes. Process until smooth.
Nutrition (per serving) 160 cal, 3 g pro, 36 g carb, 3 g fiber, 28 g sugars, 1 g fat, 0.5 g sat fat, 60 mg sodium
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