The best way to enjoy a smoothie? Make it yourself.
It’s refreshing, easy to sip on the go, and packed with health-boosting nutrients. Smoothies from grocery stores and quick-service chains often contain ridiculous amounts of sugar and fat—providing “upwards of 600 calories, enough saturated fat to rival a double cheeseburger, and carbohydrate grams in the triple digits—and that’s just for the small size,” according to WebMD. But healthy smoothies with the right mix of ingredients “give you a fantastic nutritional bang for the buck,” Wendy Bazilian, RD, author of The SuperFoods Rx Diet, tells Women’s Health magazine.
Use the following tips to whip up the perfect drink to flood your body with nutrition without adding pudge.
Healthy smoothies have plenty of ice.
According to Health magazine, research shows that people who drank dense smoothies felt fuller than those who had a thinner version—even when the calorie counts were the same! The best way to thicken your smoothie without adding calories? Ice.