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Smoothie 101: 3 Steps To Making Your Smoothie Healthy

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Despite the old adage that fat will make you fat sparking the "no-fat" and "low-fat" craze in the '90s, there are certain fats that are actually good for you!

Consider adding liquid fish oil for your omega-3 fatty acids. Blend in some avocado. Add ground flax or chia seeds. Try a spoonful of almond or sun butter. The fat will also help in the digestion process to avoid a quick blood sugar spike and the resulting crash.

Still not sure on the whole smoothie process?

There are numerous recipes available that are simple and easy to follow online, on Instagram, on Facebook and on Pinterest. Take to social media to ask for ideas, or consider talking with a nutritionist or your health care provider if they specialize in dietary support.

Smoothies do not need to be complicated and do not have to look pretty, but they do need to be nutritious and help you achieve your goal of good health.

Sources:

1) Dreher, M. and Davenport, A. (2013). Hass avocado composition and potential health effects.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23638933

2) Mori, A., Considine, R. and Mattes, R. (2013). Acute and second-meal effects of almond form in impaired glucose tolerant adults: a randomized crossover trial.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21276226

3) Rellinger, D. (2013). How to convert grams of sugar into teaspoons.
http://msue.anr.msu.edu/news/how_to_convert_grams_of_sugars_into_teaspoons

Reviewed September 28, 2015
by Michele Blacksberg RN
Edited by Jody Smith

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