5 Ways to Make a Super Healthy Smoothie (Infographic)

Get the right blend of nutrients and flavors

Learn how to maximize the nutrients and minimize the calories in your smoothies below. Infographic on HealthHub from Cleveland Clinic

Smoothies seem super healthy. How can you go wrong with so many fresh ingredients? But your smoothie may not be all that nutritious. Fruit and juice are high in calories, and ice has no nutritional value. Learn how to maximize the nutrients and minimize the calories in your smoothies below.

5 Ways to Build a Super Healthy Smoothie

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  • Kelly

    try fresh apricots in smoothies too.

  • Dehlia Lopez

    Thanks Ms. Jeffers! I have lost at least 11 – 15 lbs eating basic. My smoothies start with 1 cup of Mocha Mix alternate days, and 1 cup of water, 1/2 cup of frozen strawberries, blue berries, and raspberries mixed fruit, a handful of baby organic spinach, small container of greek yougart, 8 baby carrots, capful of apple cidar vinegar and a sprinkle of hot pepper flakes three days a week; the other days…plain
    Oatmeal, 1/2 cup of frozen strawberries, blue berries, raspberry mixed fruit, and turkey frozen patty with hot tea. It has worked for me. I on occasion will use frozen strawberries, apricots, and banana mix in ooties and Oatmeal

    • http://greencoffeetoday.net/ Jessie

      Wow, this sounds like a great smoothie for sure! I never thought of adding my apple cider vinegar into my smoothies :)

  • Natascha

    My favorite smoothie I make of milk, Banana, oat flakes and curd as a natural protein source. I prepare it very often as a breakfast before the children go to school, because they are not so hungry in the morning but this “sweet” smoothie they love especially with a straw 😉 – so they get their healthy first breakfast. :)

  • ron

    I read an article on metabolism death foods by Dr.Axe, here is what was said on peanut butter. ” Yes, peanut butter is tasty, but it can also kill your gut health. Peanuts are grown on the soil and stored moist in silos which then cause them to grow a type of fungus called aflatoxins which can effect the health of your gut.

    Peanuts are one of the most common allergens today and have been linked to food sensitivities, leaky gut and a slow metabolism. This aflatoxin in peanuts can compete with probiotics in your gut which we know damages digestive health.

    Also, peanuts are very high in omega-6 fatty acids which can cause serious inflammation in the body. For these many reasons, peanut butter is a metabolism death food”
    If true, why not use almond or cashew butter?

  • Sara

    Smoothies are great but diabetics need to be mindful of the carbohydrate load in all the fruit and yogurt and milks. Healthy is not always the same for everyone.

  • 7407413a

    I can’t really bite or chew and I’m type 2. Can anyone give me a menu of smoothies I can use for my complete diet? Also I don’t know anything so please I need thorough directions

  • 21st Century Pacifist

    First get yourself a high speed blender like a NutriBullet or similar. While drinking hunks of fruit is probably better for you, I like my smoothie to be not to thick. I don’t think ice should be an ingredient, but I can see why it helps with the calories.
    I use: 1 banana, a little fruit juice, berries (as many as you have), one teaspoon of jelly, yogurt, walnuts, kale and other vegs to taste. Remember, if it doesn’t taste good, you will not make it. I don’t like it too thick, so sometimes I add a little milk. If you use light yogurt and small amount of walnuts, it is not very caloric.
    I have been making smoothies since I was a child (mid 20th century). I attribute my relative good health and energy in part to smoothies.