How to Build A Healthy Smoothie

It is officially summer! I don’t know about you, but over the summer I crave all of the hydrating fruits and vegetables. What better way to eat your fruits and veggies, but in a smoothie?

Smoothies are a staple for me. However, not all smoothies are created equal. My biggest pet peeve is going into a seemingly healthy smoothie shop only to see that their smoothies are basically the equivalent of froyo. In this post, I wanted to lay a foundation of how to build a great, healthy smoothie. You can mix and match ingredients to your taste preferences, or you can check out the Smoothies Tab on my blog for a variety of different smoothie recipes.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie

Chocolate Peanut Butter Milkshake or a Smoothie Bowl? You will be shocked to see the simple, real food ingredients in this smoothie that tastes like an indulgent treat!

This smoothie is made with primarily fruit and vegetable and, of course, peanut butter.

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Shrimp with Mango Avocado Salsa

As the weather gets warmer and we approach summer, I love fresh, hydrating recipes. This shrimp bowl is one of my favorites! It is so simple and delicious and tastes so refreshing.

The shrimp is cooked to have a honey- garlic flavor. The fruit salsa it is paired with is a mango-avocado salsa. You can substitute the mango for 1 cup cubed pineapple as well and it tastes equally delicious. The recipe is topped with a fresh squeeze of lime juice.

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Black Bean Brownies

I’m not gonna lie, I had seen Black Bean Brownies before and was a bit skeptical about how they’d taste. Since it’s quarantine time due to COVID-19 in NYC and I have some extra cans of black beans, I decided to give it a try. I was honestly so surprised how easy it was to put this recipe together and how much the batter tastes like brownies! Only this recipe is gluten free, vegan, contains no refined sugar, is rich in fiber, and made with real food ingredients!

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Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

✨Healthy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies✨ Fun Fact: when I was younger oatmeal raisin were my favorite cookies, but none of the other kids ever liked them because they were “healthy” cookies. The other day, out of curiosity, I looked up oatmeal raisin recipes and realized there is nothing healthy about them! So I decided to make my own. Warning: these are addicting!

Unlike most oatmeal raisin cookie recipes that are made with white flour and refined sugar, this recipe is made with real food ingredients, gluten free, and rich in fiber.

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Low Sugar Blueberry Smoothie Bowl

I started making this smoothie this past winter after reading Kelly Leveque’s book Body Love. In this book, Kelly promotes eating according to the Fab 4 Method (protein, fat, fiber, and greens) in order to help turn off your hunger hormones and keep you feeling satiated for longer. Additionally, the book talks about a diet that is lower in sugar and carbs. I was inspired by this book to make a low sugar smoothie bowl that is full of protein and healthy fats in order to feel satisfied for long after consumption.

Like I said in my last post, this is not turning into a keto or low carb blog. I believe different ways of eating work for different people. I want to share a variety of different recipes that support several different ways of eating. All of my recipes, however, have one common thing- they are all made with real food. I’m a real food enthusiast, meaning I believe in eating food in its most natural and unprocessed form. In my mind, eating real good is #1 and any other diet that you follow comes second.

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