How To Make The Perfect Healthy Smoothie

By Gina Matsoukas April 17, 2014

When I’m in the mindset of getting my nutrition back on track, smoothies and I become BFFs. They’re quick, easy and can be a nutritional powerhouse if you know how to make them.

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For 1 serving, you’re going to want about 1-1 1/2 cups of a liquid base.

Milk – good old dairy milk is always a solid choice if you have no sensitivities. It’s packed with protein so you don’t necessarily have to add that back in later.

Coconut milk – Full fat coconut milk from the can is one of my favorite non-dairy options. If you’re using it as your only liquid, stir the cream into the water to get a more milk-like consistency.

Almond milk – If you’re buying a non-dairy almond milk in the carton, go for the unsweetened original flavor. It’s much better to add your own level of sweetness from natural sweeteners to the smoothie later on.

Greek yogurt – Another protein packed liquid option that creates a great smooth texture.

Fruit juice – Not feeling the milk base? Go for some natural fruit juice! Orange juice is one of my favorites, but any fruit juice will do. Keep in mind these are much sweeter than the milk bases so you’ll definitely want to be mindful of your fruit & sweetener add-ins later on.

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*This post was originally published on Gina’s blog, Running to the Kitchen. To read the rest of her Smoothie How-To, click here.

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