What were your New Years Resolutions or goals? I’m willing to bet at least one of them had something to do with being healthier this year. Maybe it was losing weight, or eating more vegetables, exercising more, or increasing your fiber. . . There are lots of ways to be healthier.
Have you considered smoothies as part of your plan for a healthier life? Let me give you 5 benefits to adding healthy smoothies into your diet.
Now I’m thinking about smoothies in general because of one particular page in Walmart’s current flier. They have a page full of smoothies with the recipes! Walmart asked me to share one of their recipes with all of you. . .but I’ll get to that in a little bit.
First let’s look at the general benefits you can get from drinking smoothies.
5 Benefits of Healthy Smoothies
#1-Adds fruits and vegetables to your diet. The average adult should consume between 5-9 servings of fruits and vegetables a day. Let’s be honest. When was the last time you really ate that many? With smoothies you can whir those fruits and veggies together and knock out a couple of servings no problem!
#2-Increases your dietary fiber and helps digestion. More fruits and vegetables means more fiber. . .and most Americans could stand to have extra fiber in their diets. I’m not a doctor or a dietitian, but I’ve always thought that eating things with fiber is like having natures scrub brush cleaning out your system. It’s just good for you and helps everything, uh, let’s say “keep moving smoothly along”. When things aren’t doing that, trust me, you don’t feel your best.
#3-Hides healthy but unattractive ingredients. Personally I love all sorts of greens. Spinach, kale, chard. . . you name it, I like to eat it. Lots of folks aren’t so fond of them–even if they know how nutritious they can be. That’s where smoothies can help! When you blend those greens (in moderation) with your favorite fruits, it completely changes the flavor profile making it much more palatable. Likewise items like chia seed and flax that aren’t eaten alone can be mixed in.
#4 Tasty–even for the kids! Smoothies can be like a healthy milkshake, full of flavor. Ingredients like milk or yogurt give it a creamy texture, and the fresh fruits and healthy sweeteners turn it into a taste treat.
#5 Fast and easy. Toss you ingredients in, pulse or blend, and your breakfast, lunch or snack is ready to go. Drink it at home or put it in a travel mug for a healthy meal on the road. Want to make it even easier? You can freeze your ingredients in smoothie sized portions.
For my smoothie, I decided to try Walmart’s Banana Chocolate Chia Seed Smoothie recipe. I like banana and chocolate together, and I’ve been wanting to try Chia seeds.
The first challenge was finding the Chia Seeds. In my Walmart they were in the same aisle that has the baking ingredients, but near the flour alternatives, gluten free items, and flax seeds.
The only way I knew about chia seeds was from my childhood–and that was planting them on a ceramic head so that it would grow “hair” :). Turns out that those little tiny seeds are packed with good stuff (omega-3 fatty acids, fiber,protein and all nine essential amino acids), can hold 10 times their weight in water, and when that water is absorbed they swell up into a little ball of gel–like a itty bitty tapioca pearl. One of the ways folks use Chia is by making Chia pudding. Another is by blending it into things like smoothies both for their nutritional content and their thickening power.
I made the smoothie in my Ninja Ultima Blender. It’s a couple years old now, so I don’t think you can buy the exact same model as what I have at Walmart today–the newer version is the Ninja Professional Blender.
Instead of just having blades at the bottom of the blender, it has a shaft coming up the middle with two more sets on it. These extra blades (which are all very sharp) make quick work of anything you throw in.
The recipe (below) made enough for both kiddos and I to have a glass full–or you could have probably split it in half for two very generous servings. We all enjoyed the mixture of milk, yogurt, chocolate, banana and chia–although I felt it could have even used a bit more cocoa powder.
Banana Chocolate Chia Seed Smoothie
- 3 C Frozen Bananas approx 2 large
- 1 TBS cocoa powder
- 1 TBS Chia Seed
- 1 1/2 C Milk
- 1 C Vanilla Greek Yogurt
Put everything into your blender (the frozen banana should be cut into chunks) and blend!
For more great smoothie recipes, check out the other Walmart Moms:
Disclosure: As a participant in the Walmart Moms Program, I’ve received product samples and compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.