Spring is the season of body transition. From winter’s extra “comfort” layers to summer’s body-bearing heat, spring offers a few months of buffer period between the two seasons.
Almond milk is a slightly sweet, lactose-free, and filling alternative to dairy. It’s an excellent slimming ingredient because it doesn’t cause bloating like regular milk often does, leaving your mid-section sleeker.
Not all fruits will be available as fresh options in the spring, but bananas are among the few that are. Loaded with potassium, vitamins, and minerals, bananas add excellent nutrient and flavor to your smoothie. Also, since they are soft and blend easily, they incorporate well and thicken the mixture.
Berries make excellent slimming ingredients for smoothies but aren’t typically available as fresh options in the spring. Frozen berries, however, are a very nice alternative as they add flavor, nutrition, and cold to your smoothie. Icy, frozen berries change the texture and temperature. Some options include strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, and pitted cherries.
A plethora of options exist when it comes to powdered greens, including mixtures of algae, spinach, kale, artichokes, chlorella, and more. Powdered greens are a concentrated version of fresh greens that offer greater variety than is likely possible with fresh ingredients alone. Also, the powder blends smoothly into the mixture.
Fresh is another good option because more nutrients are available and preserved in fresh food. Wash your greens carefully first and remove any thick stems that may not blend well. Spinach and kale have milder flavors than other greens, so they make for good smoothie ingredients.
Cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, and vanilla all offer health benefits and flavor. They aid in masking the taste of your greens while adding antioxidants and nutrients.
If you prefer a thicker smoothie or one with more protein, Greek yogurt is an excellent addition. Lower in lactose and higher in protein than regular yogurt, the Greek variety is easy to digest and keeps your blood sugar more level for longer.
If you don’t mind a grittier mixture, seeds are a great addition to your slimming smoothie. It can be challenging to incorporate them into your diet, so this is an easy opportunity. Seeds offer fiber, minerals, and many other nutrients that are hard to find in other foods.
Chia, flax, sunflower, and pumpkin are all excellent smoothie ingredients.
Select the ingredients you find palatable and expand your ingredient list from there. If the idea of greens sounds unappealing, start with one or two leaves or a tiny sprinkle of powdered greens. Over time, you can add more as your palate adjusts.
Different combinations of fruits and spices can drastically change the flavor of your smoothie. Work to try different recipes, especially as more fruits come into season. Perhaps you prefer mango over strawberry? Keep concocting until you find a formula that works for you.
The smoothie components listed above offer slimming benefits along with overall health benefits. Spring is the perfect time to start incorporating these healthy ingredients into your diet, and by the time the summer season arrives, your body will look and feel healthy.