Healthier Living Through Smoothies

After everything that’s happened to me last year concerning my health and the weight loss that followed my hospital stay, I need to keep increasing my nutrition and find easier ways to do so that’s also easy on the digestion front. Well, I think I found just the thing: smoothies!

What an easy way to consume fruits and veggies all at the same time! Not only are they filling, but they’re a great option for someone like me who finds it really hard to eat vegetables. They’re hard for me to digest and I hate the taste of most. But smoothies allow you to mask their sometimes unpleasant taste by using fruit, juice, nuts and peanut butter, spices, honey, chocolate, and even ice cream!

Since I have been having trouble keeping my potassium and magnesium at a consistently safe level, and because I know all of the vitamins the plant contains, I decided to use baby spinach in all of my smoothies. I don’t typically eat salads or leafy greens, so this is the perfect way for me to add more to my diet. And when blended with fruit, you can’t taste it one bit, which is again, perfect. I also don’t like bananas, which everyone knows have a lot of potassium, so again this is a great way to get all the good stuff out of foods I won’t eat on their own. And as long as I don’t use too much banana, I’m in the clear on taste.

I used Pinterest to help me find some recipes, and then modified some of them to refrain from using highly acidic fruit and juice I cannot have due to Crohn’s Disease. Some of those I posted don’t include spinach, but you can add it into whatever creation you enjoy and get that extra boost of vitamins and nutrients. Including yogurt or a type of milk as a base to your smoothie will provide protein as well. Like some crunch? Add ice!

Keep in mind that even if the color of the smoothie doesn’t look appetizing, it doesn’t mean the flavor isn’t tasty!

So now that I’m a beginner in this smoothie world, I wanted to share a few recipes I tried and really liked using the main ingredients of baby spinach and fresh and frozen fruit, though I chose to leave spinach out of one of my creations. Try them out for yourself!


Mixed Berry and Spinach Smoothie:

  • 2 oz. Yoplait vanilla yogurt (about half of the small 4-oz. containers)
  • 1/2 cup baby spinach
  • 2 cups mixed berries
  • 1 tbsp sugar for added sweetness (optional)

PRO TIP: If you’re like me and absolutely hate crunching on the larger seeds from raspberries and blackberries, a strainer will do wonders.

 

Banana Peach Strawberry Smoothie:

  • 2 oz. of Yoplait vanilla yogurt
  • 1/2 cup baby spinach
  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 1 cup peaches
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Splash of milk

 

 

 

 

Tart Apple Raspberry Smoothie:

  • 2 oz. Yoplait vanilla yogurt
  • 1 apple
  • 1 cup raspberries
  • Splash of apple juice
  • 1 cup ice (optional)

This new adventure is exciting for me, and coming up with new combinations and concoctions might be fun. I think I’ll try to get three smoothies in each week as a starting point, then maybe increase it to four once I really get going with them. We’ll see what happens!

Maybe now my doctors will stop scolding me about not taking the horse-pill potassium supplements…

Do you have tried and true smoothie recipes? Share them with me in the comments! I’d love to try them!

—K

About Karin

Journalist, singer, reader, movie fanatic, photography buff, GVSU alum, wanna-be-Brit, Crohn's fighter, Coca-Cola addict, animal lover, not a kid person, hater of winter, Michigander
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3 Responses to Healthier Living Through Smoothies

  1. Janet M Schnell says:

    Thanks for sharing your smoothie recipes. I think about making them and never do it. I will pick up items while grocery shopping today and make some this week!

  2. Nicole says:

    Have you tried to add any protein powder? I have started trying to do that to increase my protein. I would recommend Isopure – it is more pricey, but it disappears in the mixture. I can’t stand to taste any “grittiness” from the powder. Also, Chia seeds are really good for fiber. I learned that if you soak them for a little bit before, they turn gelatinous and you can’t feel/taste them in the mixture either. 🙂 I don’t like any weird textures…

    • Karin says:

      I haven’t tried adding protein powder (yet), since I get protein from the yogurt and milk I add, but it’s a good idea! And Chia seeds are pretty much unknown to me. Seeds in general kinda make me nervous since I typically have to stay away from them thanks to Crohn’s Disease, but they might work for me. I think I’d rather try it elsewhere before I dive right in!

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