Smoothies are one of the easiest and simplest ways for you to fit bunches of fresh, healthful produce into your diet. Smoothies. Tasty, smooth, and sweet, one drink can be packed with serving after serving of vegetables, and you won’t even notice them.
We recommend using only fruit, instead of sugar, for sweetness, but you can try blending in coconut sugar, honey, or lucuma powder, which is a low-gylcemic index option. For a brown sugar flavor, you can always add a bit of honey mixed with blackstrap molasses — which has the added benefit of boosting iron content.
We’ve written before about ways to make kale smoothies you actually want to drink — there are some excellent tricks to masking kale’s flavor. One simple solution is to freeze kale in advance, which softens the leaf’s bitter flavor. Incorporate pungent, sweet fruit — especially pineapple and strawberries — in order to cover up the flavor some. Almond, cashew, or peanut butter can also mask the flavor while boosting protein.
No matter what kind of smoothie you’re in the mood for, we’ve got the drink for you. Start with our smoothie recipes like the Banana Smoothie Recipe, Strawberry Smoothie Recipe, and the Tropical Smoothie Recipe, and move on to your own personalized variations.
This article was originally published on August 15, 2014.