Add Some Spring To Your Step With Smoothies

by Eric Regan

We associate spring with cleaning the clutter from winter. Oftentimes, we do a spring cleaning of our homes to clear out all of that junk that clogs our hallways and rooms, but another way to think about spring cleaning is by rethinking your diet and removing all of those hearty comfort meals of wintertime.

You will not only look better, but you'll feel better as well. One of the ways to do this is through a smoothie.

By consuming a smoothie every now and then instead of a heavy meal, you're giving your body a little break, while still providing key nutrients many of us are devoid of with the Western Diet.

Here are some things to keep in mind.

  • Get the right fruits and vegetables: Are you purchasing fruits and veggies on a budget.

    You might be tempted to buy certain fruits and vegetables conventional, but which ones should you?

    In general, if the fruit has thick, inedible skin, you should be okay.

    For example, many recipes will call for a banana in the recipe.

    You don't have to buy organic bananas, avocados, or kiwis.

    However, if you including a recipe with celery, apples, or peaches, you should probably buy organic.
  • Don't be afraid of green: In the beginning, you might be a little skeptical of using veggies in your smoothie, but you'll be missing out on a ton of nutritionally beneficial recipes.

    Although raw kale might not sound too appetizing and a tad bitter, when you combine it with the right fruits and sweeteners, you'll never know you're drinking green, leafy veggies.

    Here's a great recipe for a groothie, which combines kale, pears, bananas and apples for a delicious, nutritional powerhouse.
  • Get the right piece of equipment: Your smoothie will only be as good as the type of equipment you use.

    You'll want to consider a blender with many settings and one that is made by a reputable brand, like Vitamix or KitchenAid.

    Other options to consider are whether or not you want a metal or plastic base and also the material of the jar.

    And don't forget to invest in Vitamix or KitchenAid blender parts.

    If your blender malfunctions, oftentimes it can be fixed with the right part, rather than a costly replacement.
  • Diversify your smoothie selections: If you make the same fruit smoothie every time, your taste buds are going to get bored.

    There are so many resources that you can use to find smoothie recipes - from libraries to nutritional blogs - so don't be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone.

Eric Regan is a writer with a keen interest in travel, cars and technology. He has written for blogs covering all of this topics and much more

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