It's hard to satisfy your natural and understandable sweet tooth. But that need for something sugary is really a great opportunity to get in your daily dose of fresh fruits and veggies!
While mid-winter might not sound like the perfect time to down something frozen, smoothies or smoothie bowls are a great opportunity to get in your recommended servings of fruit and vegetables. They're also a really easy meal replacement that you can make in bulk; double, triple, even quadruple your recipe and stash the extras in the 'fridge for the next day.
Smoothies are also a great way to keep things fresh, and that goes beyond the ingredients. Having a few different bags of frozen fruits in the fridge makes it easy to try new blends in the blender; strawberries, blueberries, mango, they all can take a turn in your rotation!
You can also work in different veggies like spinach, carrots, and beets to add even more nutrients to the meal, often made deliciously sweet when paired with a fruit. Kale and spinach pair well with peaches, pineapple, banana and more; experiment to find the combination you like best!
Especially if you're looking to use smoothies as a meal replacement, try adding small portions of almond butter, peanut butter, or low fat milk to up the protein values. A little bit can go a long way; start with a table spoon and adjust to taste, but keep in mind that nut butters can be relatively dense in calories and fat.
Finally, find even more flavor by adding spices you love and that help being out the natural sweetness of these fruits. Cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, clove, and other favorites can add digestive and other health benefits to a meal you're already feel good about.
Look at your nutrition needs and plan a few meals to suit. If you're looking to reduce calories, skip the nut butters and base your meals around fruits and veggies; blueberry and banana smoothies with cinnamon are ideal for reducing hunger and helping you feel satisfied longer! If you're training hard and want a quick meal, don't miss out on almond butter and iron-rich veggies like spinach to help power your exercise.
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