I came across this informative article today covering 7 good-for-you smoothie ingredients and their nutrition or health benefits. The author – Leta Shy – recommends using any of them to ensure you get the nutrients you need, but delivered to your body in a way that doesn’t detract from your favorite flavors.

Great info to bear in mind and use whenever you fancy something different.

Here’s Leta’s intro with her 1st three add-on ingredients…

If your diet is lacking in enough nutrients, adding a smoothie to your diet can help immensely. Toss any of these seven ingredients into your next smoothie along with your favorite fruits to get their nutritional benefits without sacrificing taste.

1. Broccoli: The fiber-rich vegetable helps keep you full without changing the taste of even your favorite smoothie combinations. You can use raw broccoli or steam it quickly first for a smoother consistency. This 330-calorie peanut butter, broccoli, and strawberry smoothie will keep you full throughout the morning.

2. Chia seeds: If you’re looking to start the day right, add a tablespoon of chia seeds to every smoothie. The high-fiber seeds are also a great source of anti-inflammatory omega-3s, so you’ll feel full and ready to take on your morning. This berry chia seed smoothie recipe masks the taste and texture of chia seeds if you’re not a fan.

3. Green tea: Want a little energy boost in your smoothie? Add strong, cold green tea to any smoothie instead of water for a subtle caffeinated pick-me-up. We like the refreshing taste of this green tea, cinnamon, and honey smoothie.

Each item on the original article has a link to its recommended smoothie recipe. For all the details, go on over to Leta Shy from popsugar.com

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