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Spoonable smoothies are the new breakfast (and Instagram) star of the healthy-food world. But beware: Most of those big, beautiful bowls are hiding crazy amounts of sugar and far more calories than you need. We came up with a customizable way to get a delicious, nutritious meal every time—just follow these simple steps!
STEP 1: BLEND YOUR BASE
The trick to a healthy smoothie is to blend the right ingredients in the right proportions. Use unsweetened liquids (like nut milks or vegetable juices) in lieu of sugar-laden fruit juices, and blend with a combo of fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables that are low in sugar and rich in fiber so a smaller portion will fill you up. (Keep in mind that one serving should be about
11/2 cups—filling, but not enormous.) Skip mangoes and bananas; instead, try avocado, berries, papaya, pear, leafy greens, or cruciferous veggies.
PUREE ALL INGREDIENTS IN A BLENDER UNTIL SMOOTH. EACH SERVES 1.
STEP 2: BOOST YOUR BASE
Just a spoonful of any of these mix-ins can kick up your bowl’s tastiness factor and its health profile.
Nut butter powder (2 Tbsp): all the protein, none of the fat (vs. its oil-filled counterpart)
Matcha powder (1 tsp): antioxidant-rich green tea
Maca powder (1 tsp): made from a nutrient-rich cruciferous root vegetable
Spirulina powder (1 tsp): made from protein-rich algae that—surprise!—tint things blue
Ground flaxseeds (2 Tbsp): the powdered version of seeds rich in omega-3 fatty acids
STEP 3: TOP IT OFF
Now for the pretty part! Go nuts (literally) adding a sprinkling of small superfoods on top of your beautiful base: Just watch the portion size and skip anything that’s mainly for show
(like sugary cereals and drizzles of honey or sweet syrup).
Raspberry base blueberries raspberries cinnamon oats and almonds clusters