Love smoothies, but feel you’re ready

<p dir=”ltr”><span style=”font-family:times new roman,times,serif”>Love smoothies, but feel you&#39;re ready for a new twist on your old favorites? There&#39;s nothing like an unusual (and healthy) ingredient to add some new life to your smoothie-making. It&#39;s great to find new smoothie recipes… but even better to become a creative smoothie maestro.</span></p>

<p dir=”ltr”><span style=”font-family:times new roman,times,serif”>So with this in mind, check out these 11 off-the-beaten-path ingredients. Add them to your <strong><span style=”color:rgb(0, 0, 0); font-size:10pt”><a class=”in-cell-link” href=”” target=”_blank”>BlenderCommand</a></span>,</strong> and get ready to go on some healthy and delicious smoothie adventures!</span></p>

<p dir=”ltr”><span style=”font-family:times new roman,times,serif”>Beef Up Your Protein</span></p>

<p dir=”ltr”><span style=”font-family:times new roman,times,serif”>Nut or seed butter and milk</span></p>

<p dir=”ltr”><span style=”font-family:times new roman,times,serif”>You&#39;ll love adding nut butter to your smoothie if you&#39;re a PB and J lover. Just like in this sandwich standby, nuts&#39; creamy smoothness melds perfectly with the sweet tang of fruit. In addition, nuts contribute heart-healthy fats, protein, minerals, and vitamin E to the mix.</span></p>

<p dir=”ltr”><span style=”font-family:times new roman,times,serif”><img alt=” Professional Countertop Blender, Blender for kitchen Max 2200W  High Power Home and Commercial Blender with Timer,Blender with Variable  Speed for Frozen Fruit​, Crushing Ice, Veggies, Shakes and Smoothie 64 oz  Container” src=”” style=”height:374px; width:345px” /></span></p>

<p dir=”ltr”><span style=”font-family:times new roman,times,serif”>Choose your nut and seed butter carefully. Look for ones that give you the smooshed nuts and nothing else – no sugar or oil added (although a bit of salt is okay). Good ole peanut butter goes well in anything. And if you want a seedier option, try a couple of spoonfuls of sesame tahini.</span></p>

<p dir=”ltr”><span style=”font-family:times new roman,times,serif”>Finally, try adding almond milk to your smoothie for a real hunger-killer. In addition to its incomparable creamy taste, almonds seem to quell ghrelin&#39;s hunger hormone. So a little almond may help your smoothie go even further to keep your appetite in check.</span></p>

<p dir=”ltr”><span style=”font-family:times new roman,times,serif”>Eggs</span></p>

<p dir=”ltr”><span style=”font-family:times new roman,times,serif”>First, a warning: Not everyone will feel safe with this ingredient. Raw eggs can bring on a bout of salmonella, a bacterial infection that can become fatal. Nonetheless, people have eaten raw eggs safely for generations. Many traditional smoothie recipes (like eggnog) have been built on a raw egg foundation. If you have access to eggs from a flock you know is healthy and feel confident about using eggs this way, you might like to try this favorite ingredient of prizefighters.</span></p>

<p dir=”ltr”><span style=”font-family:times new roman,times,serif”>Eggs add lecithin to your brain and protein. And if you get some free-range eggs – which you&#39;ll know by the glorious orange yolks – you&#39;ll get a hit of omega-3s and carotenoids.</span></p>

<p dir=”ltr”><span style=”font-family:times new roman,times,serif”>How to use them? Crack it on the side of the <span style=”color:rgb(0, 0, 0); font-size:10pt”><strong><a class=”in-cell-link” href=”” target=”_blank”>smoothies blender</a></strong>&nbsp;</span>and add it in.</span></p>

<p dir=”ltr”><span style=”font-family:times new roman,times,serif”>Hemp seeds</span></p>

<p dir=”ltr”><span style=”font-family:times new roman,times,serif”>While it&#39;s a distant cousin to marijuana, hemp has none of its psychoactive effects – no matter how much you eat. Instead of recreational use, hemp has been used for fiber, rope, and now food due to its good nutrition. Extremely rich in protein – with some of the complete proteins in the plant world – hemp is also very high in omega-3 fatty acids. These fats can help your body fight inflammation.</span></p>

<p dir=”ltr”><span style=”font-family:times new roman,times,serif”>A warning to smoothie makers: Hemp is also very high in fiber. This can help your digestion, but it will also thicken up the smoothie if it sits for a while in the fridge. Of course, if you like eating your smoothie with a spoon, this may not be an issue. But for all smoothie-sippers, make sure you drink your hemp-infused smoothies pronto.</span></p>

<p dir=”ltr”><span style=”font-family:times new roman,times,serif”>Get To The Root Of Powerful Nutrition</span></p>

<p dir=”ltr”><span style=”font-family:times new roman,times,serif”>How about something earthy to balance out the slight sweetness of fruits? Root vegetables offer the perfect solution.</span></p>

<p dir=”ltr”><span style=”font-family:times new roman,times,serif”>Carrots</span></p>

<p dir=”ltr”><span style=”font-family:times new roman,times,serif”>How could you leave this nutrition powerhouse out of smoothie making? Especially when it has such a sweet side!</span></p>

<p dir=”ltr”><span style=”font-family:times new roman,times,serif”>Carrots are known for bringing the bright orange antioxidant beta-carotene to your diet. Beta-carotene is named for carrots. Beta-carotene can be cleaved in half to form the natural, proper form of vitamin A. Vitamin A has been linked to supporting skin health, immune health, and reproductive health. Recently a large-scale epidemiological study demonstrated carrots, above all other vegetables, seemed to reduce the risk for cardiovascular disease. Eating lots of carrots could reduce the risk by 32%![1] No wonder Bugs Bunny was so lively!</span></p>

<p dir=”ltr”><span style=”font-family:times new roman,times,serif”>As long as they&#39;re kept humid and cool, carrots can store for a while and maintain their good nutrition. To add them to a smoothie, you can just drop them in if you have a powerful machine like a Vitamix. For other blenders, try grating them first.</span></p>

<p dir=”ltr”><span style=”font-family:times new roman,times,serif”>Combine it with some creamy coconut and nutmeg, and you&#39;ll have a cool carrot cake in a glass!</span></p>

<p dir=”ltr” style=”text-align:center”><span style=”font-family:times new roman,times,serif”><img alt=”Kitchen blender 3D model – TurboSquid 1691513″ src=”×600/fit_q87/d5e1aaedd05e3ab9506faa16d285e0dd30079296/1.jpg” /></span></p>

<p dir=”ltr”><span style=”font-family:times new roman,times,serif”>Radishes</span></p>

<p dir=”ltr”><span style=”font-family:times new roman,times,serif”>Spicy, peppery radishes in smoothies?! Really?!</span></p>

<p dir=”ltr”><span style=”font-family:times new roman,times,serif”>Of course!</span></p>

<p dir=”ltr”><span style=”font-family:times new roman,times,serif”>First, radishes bring some great nutrition power to the mix… Another member of the cruciferous family also contains sulfur-based compounds that seem to help increase your body&#39;s cancer-fighting and detoxifying processes.</span></p>

<p dir=”ltr”><span style=”font-family:times new roman,times,serif”>In addition, as suggested by their peppery bite, they help loosen up mucus-clogged passages if you&#39;re a little stuffed up.</span></p>

<p dir=”ltr”><span style=”font-family:times new roman,times,serif”>On top of all this good healing power, radishes open the door to some new arenas in smoothie flavor combinations…</span></p>

<p dir=”ltr”><span style=”font-family:times new roman,times,serif”>Some smoothie aficionados love their zing in traditional sweet and fruity combos. But they also invite you to try a more gazpacho-like approach to smoothie making. Instead of just going for sweet and mellow, consider adding radishes to tomatoes, kale, cucumbers, and a little lemon juice for a more savory vegetable medley.</span></p>

<p dir=”ltr”><span style=”font-family:times new roman,times,serif”>Beets</span></p>

<p dir=”ltr”><span style=”font-family:times new roman,times,serif”>It&#39;s hard to beat beet&#39;s blood-red appearance for drama. You can&#39;t help but wonder what beets do for your health when you see the stains they leave on the counter. And indeed, beets have unique compounds we all could make good use of.</span></p>

<p dir=”ltr”><span style=”font-family:times new roman,times,serif”>Research has linked beets to fighting inflammation and cancer. Athletes have recently discovered beet juice as a powerful way to extend stamina and power. And because beets increase your body&#39;s nitric oxide production, they may help increase blood flow and reduce blood pressure.[2]</span></p>

<p dir=”ltr”><span style=”font-family:times new roman,times,serif”>Smoothies offer an excellent way to enjoy beets&#39; nutrition. However, you lose out on beets&#39; unique antioxidants, betalains, the more you cook them.</span></p>

<p dir=”ltr” style=”text-align:center”><span style=”font-family:times new roman,times,serif”><img alt=”Equator – Kitchen Blender – Home | Prozis” src=”” style=”height:345px; width:345px” /></span></p>

<p dir=”ltr”><span style=”font-family:times new roman,times,serif”>Ginger root</span></p>

<p dir=”ltr”><span style=”font-family:times new roman,times,serif”>Ginger claims its reputation as a cousin to the antioxidant powerhouse turmeric as a powerful healing root. It improves circulation, clears up the respiratory system, and soothes sore muscles, but it helps other herbs work better.[3]</span></p>

<p dir=”ltr”><span style=”font-family:times new roman,times,serif”>Perhaps it&#39;s due to its circulatory boost, but herbalists know ginger as a root that magnifies the power of other herbs. So imagine what this can mean for your smoothie nutrition!</span></p>

<p dir=”ltr”><span style=”font-family:times new roman,times,serif”>You can add dried ginger spice to your smoothie. But for super spicy ginger flavor, consider adding the fresh root to your mix. Wash and peel it first. And if you don&#39;t have a power mixer, grate it first for best results.</span></p>

<p dir=”ltr”><span style=”font-family:times new roman,times,serif”>Spice Up Your Mix</span></p>

<p dir=”ltr”><span style=”font-family:times new roman,times,serif”>Once you&#39;ve created an excellent base, why not spice it up? Spices bring not only high notes of flavor but also symphonies of nutrition.</span></p>

<p dir=”ltr”><span style=”font-family:times new roman,times,serif”>Orange turmeric has one of the world&#39;s best antioxidants – curcumin. In India, turmeric and milk (a smoothie precursor) are common cure-alls.</span></p>

<p dir=”ltr”><span style=”font-family:times new roman,times,serif”>Cinnamon helps with blood-sugar metabolism, and nutmeg in moderation helps with anxiety and concentration.</span></p>

<p dir=”ltr”><span style=”font-family:times new roman,times,serif”>Revolutionize Your Smoothie Making</span></p>

<p dir=”ltr”><span style=”font-family:times new roman,times,serif”>The world of smoothies is immense, spanning all kinds of flavor combinations and nutritional treasures. All you need to enter this world is a <strong><span style=”color:rgb(0, 0, 0); font-size:10pt”><a class=”in-cell-link” href=”” target=”_blank”>blender</a></span></strong>, a little sense of adventure, and a few of these unusual ingredients.</span></p>

<p dir=”ltr”><span style=”font-family:times new roman,times,serif”>With this kind of inspiration and innovation, you&#39;ll find yourself sipping smoothies that can take you to new frontiers of taste and vitality. Ready to dive in? Rev up your blender and get creative!</span></p>

<p dir=”ltr”><span style=”font-family:times new roman,times,serif”><span style=”color:rgb(0, 0, 0)”>This article is provide by the </span><strong>BlenderCommand</strong><span style=”color:rgb(0, 0, 0)”> blog and content writer </span><strong>Taylor Klaus</strong></span></p>

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