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5 Enjoyable Ways to Upgrade Your Smoothie

Jewel Osco Registered Dietitians

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Nov 1st, 2017

Building a smoothie can be an adventure for your taste buds. Pairing different proteins, fruits and vegetables can create a flavorful combination that will keep you full and energized during your busy morning routine or after a hard workout at the gym. Here are 5 great ways to help you make a better smoothie.

Pick a Protein

Adding a protein will help you feel fuller, longer. Try Odwalla Mango Protein Shake. This protein packed shake is a great way to add more protein to your smoothie. Do you like peanut butter? Adding in a type of nut butter can really pack in the protein. Greek yogurt or tofu are also a great way to increase your protein and add great taste and texture.

The ‘meat’ of the smoothie

The most important part? What to add to your smoothie! Choosing a variety of fruits can add great taste and texture. Selecting berries, such as raspberries and blackberries, can be a great way to add more fiber into your diet. If they are out of season, choosing frozen fruits are a great way to always have some on hand and to keep your smoothie cold without having to add ice. Other fruits can really help you give your smoothie a great base, like a tropical or berry twist.

Think outside the box

Be creative. Smoothies can be fun and really get you to think about what to add. Try adding some oats into your drink, giving you something to help keep you full and add a different texture. Chia and ground flax seeds are also a great addition, and are only necessary in small amounts. These small seeds can be packed with fiber and add some protein. Feeling adventurous? Try some spinach or kale. These leafy greens are pack with vital nutrients and can add a different flavor to your smoothie. Another unusual food to add is an avocado!  This can add a creamy texture to your drink.

Liquids- choose them wisely

When you are thinking about what types of liquids to add to your drink, rethink and maybe choose something different. Instead of going for a juice, try the Odwalla Mango Protein Shake. Trying almond milk or skim milk, and limiting the amount of juice will help keep the smoothie lower in sugar.

Remember, keep it simple

Overall, a smoothie can be a great way to get your daily intake of different food groups. But, keep it simple and easy. Some smoothies can be high in calories and sugar, and it is easy to get carried away with the fruits. Adding more vegetables can be an easy way to incorporate more vegetables to your diet and help cut down on the sugar. And go bold, it is fun to mix and match ingredients to make a fun smoothie.  Give this Tropical Sunrise Smoothie a try to start your day!

Mango Orange Protein Smoothie

 Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup Odwalla Mango Tango
  • 1 small banana
  • ½ cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 small orange
  • 1/2 small mango
  • ice

Instructions:

  1. Layer ingredients in blender.
  2. Blend until smooth and creamy.
  3. Enjoy!

Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

nutrition facts: 160 calories, 2g fat, 35g carbohydrate, 3g fiber, 5g protein

By: Karlyn Baird, Dietetic Intern

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