Wendy Lord Freelance Health Writer & Dietitian

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Recipe: How To Make a Healthy Smoothie

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Smoothies are very popular. I am often asked if smoothies are healthy? When I demonstrate how to make a smoothie people always seem to be amazed at how simple and quick it is to make a meal in a glass. You don't need any special foods or fancy equipment.

A smoothie is a great way to start the day, especially in summer. Make sure your smoothie is balanced and not full of sugar so that it is a healthy addition to your daily diet, rather than a meal that should rather be an occasional treat.

Step 1: Choose your fruit

  • Use half to 1 cup of fruit per person.
  • Choose fruit such as firm bananas, berries, apples, pears, peaches, mango and kiwi.
  • Do not peel the fruit unless absolutely necessary.
  • Chop and freeze any excess fruit you buy to be used in smoothies all year round.

Step 2: Add fibre

  • Unpeeled fruit provides plenty of fibre, but you can give your fibre intake a boost by adding ingredients such as oats, oat bran or digestive bran to your smoothie.

Step 3: Protein

The following ingredients add protein to your smoothie:
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  • Milk
  • Yoghurt
  • Protein powder
  • Egg

Step 4: Healthy fat

Boost your intake of omega-3 fatty acids by adding:
  • Nuts
  • Seeds
  • Nut butter
  • Avocado pear
  • Macadamia or avocado oil

Place all of the ingredients in a blender.
Add ice blocks if you prefer.
Blend until smooth.
Serve immediately and enjoy!

Thanks to Gabi Steenkamp and Celynn Erasmus for these ideas from their book Fast Food for Sustained Energy
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