The key to making any healthy smoothie is to find a recipe that tastes great and is also nutritious. That’s why we’ve launched Cell Performance Summer, to educate and inspire you to get the most out of these amazing products Powered by Redox™. Smoothies are more popular than ever and all you need to make one is a blender and a few simple ingredients. See how you can build a basic healthy smoothie with ease and learn to pair the right ingredients to complement the powerful properties in the Cell Performance category.
Order matters and greens are a great base
It may seem silly since everything ends up blended together, but experts agree that order ensures proper texture when it comes to smoothies. The best way to get the desired texture for your smoothies is to first blend in leafy greens with your liquid base and then top everything off with your other ingredients.
Tossing in greens for your morning healthy smoothie is a great way to easily work some vegetables into your daily routine. Spinach or kale really helps boost overall nutrition in your smoothie and helps you achieve your daily recommendation of four to five servings of vegetables a day.
Use frozen instead of fresh fruits
When it comes to using fruit in your smoothies, frozen fruit is best for optimal results. Bananas, berries, avocado, frozen pumpkin puree, and frozen fruit, in general, will help give your smoothie an icy, thick texture. Frozen fruit not only enhances the flavor and gives things a frosty texture whereas ice may dilute the flavor. You can also use ripe fruit by cutting it up, putting it in a ziplock bag, and freezing it for later smoothie usage.
Keep it balanced and pack the protein
It’s always tempting to toss in an array of ingredients into your blender, but it’s essential to remember that the best healthy smoothies are well-balanced. By using a wide variety of ingredients, you’ll get the benefits of each flavor and nutritional properties. Some smoothies can end up being unhealthy after you add too much. Fruit contains vitamins, minerals, and fiber, but it can also be high in sugar. Make sure to balance the carbs out with ingredients that contain protein and healthy fats, like chia seeds, to help make your smoothie more filling and help you avoid a blood sugar crash later in the day.
Nut butter, flax seeds, and chia seeds are a great start to a protein-packed smoothie, but yogurt, kefir (fermented milk), and protein powder are also good for gut health. These contain probiotics, add a rich layer to your smoothie, and give you a great source of iron. Avocados are a good source of fiber and contain zero grams of naturally occurring sugar per serving, which helps maintain healthy blood sugar levels. They are also the only fruit with heart-healthy unsaturated fats, which helps make a rich, creamy swap for other more fat-filled ingredients.
Don’t forget to add flavor and lecithin-rich foods
To give your healthy smoothie even more of a nutritional boost, you can use egg yolks, sunflower seeds, soy, and meat to get your dose of choline, fatty acids, and phospholipids. These support brain health, healthy cholesterol metabolism, and liver health. Lecithin has very little flavor and acts as an emulsifier to help water and fat stay combined, which helps your smoothie hold consistency longer.
Finding flavorful additions that won’t make your smoothie too sweet or caloric is key. Unsweetened cocoa powder adds flavor and offers nutritional benefits with antioxidants. Vanilla extract, cinnamon, or fresh mint leaves also offer low-calorie flavors to sweeten the deal.
Try these Cell Performance healthy smoothie recipes
We’ve curated these delicious summer smoothie recipes for you to enjoy with the Cell Performance category of products. Try them, taste them, and share them with family and friends!
REDOXEnergy recipe, Wake me up before you ManGO:
¼ Cup Frozen Mango
¼ Cup Frozen Peaches
½ Frozen Banana
⅓ Cup Greek Yogurt
1 Cup Almond Milk
1 Scoop Vanilla Protein (optional)
1 REDOXEnergy Stickpack
Combine all ingredients into a blender and blend on high until all ingredients are mixed thoroughly. (add a short, fun statement about a benefit to energy)
REDOXMind recipe, Berry good brain:
6 Frozen Strawberries
½ Frozen Banana
⅓ Cup Greek Yogurt
1 tbsp Chia seeds
1 Cup Coconut Water
1 REDOXMind Stickpack
Combine all ingredients into a blender and blend on high until all ingredients are mixed thoroughly. (add a short, fun statement about a benefit to mind)
REDOXMood recipe, Pina Colada Bliss:
⅓ Cup Frozen Pineapple
1 Frozen Banana
½ Cup Coconut Water
½ Can low-fat Coconut Milk
1 REDOXMood Stickpack
Combine all ingredients into a blender and blend on high until all ingredients are mixed thoroughly. (add a short, fun statement about a benefit to mood)
*Combine liquids, frozen, and then powders….
If all else fails, follow the basics
The key to every great smoothie lies in using a simple recipe matrix. You have many options you can choose from, but a basic smoothie recipe should contain:
- a liquid base (almond, oat, or dairy milk; coconut water or milk)
- fruit and/or vegetables (apples, pears, blueberries, strawberries, banana, mango, orange, etc.)
- healthy fats (yogurt, kefir)
- superfoods (chia seeds, hemp seeds, raw cacao, bee pollen, maca powder, lucuma powder, flax seeds)
- Proteins (protein powder)
Start by choosing a liquid base, add natural sweetness with frozen fruit, then add healthy fats like coconut oil, yogurt, nuts, seeds, or NCT oil. Then add a superfood for extra nutrition, like powdered greens or turmeric. Last, add protein powder for added amino acids, which contain the building blocks of the body.
Most importantly, make sure to have fun while you experiment with your smoothies! It’s summertime and Cell Performance was created to help you thrive and live your best life!
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. This material is intended for a US audience only.