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Healthy Smoothies with Natural Fruit Sugars

  By posted Jan 25th 2012
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Refined sugar is particularly harmful because of its complete lack of nutrients and because it depletes your body’s stores of vitamins and minerals. But what do you do to satisfy those cravings for something sweet, something sinful? Do you rely on that odd chocolate, long recognised for its health benefits, irrespective of how it might add to your waistline? Or do you pop a fruit and silently meditate on the body you’re building towards? Today we’re telling you that you need only look in the direction of the refrigerator crisper. Here are three quick and healthy natural fruit sugar smoothies that will satisfy any dessert craving you might have…

Each of the following smoothie recipes derive sweetness from fruits and honey – both are sources of healthy and natural sugars. The skimmed yogurt offers easily digested protein and the almonds add that extra good fat zing. 

All recipes serve 2.

Strawberry and Banana Smoothie 
Ingredients:

 

  • 100ml ice
  • 200ml skimmed yogurt
  • 1 chopped (ripe) banana
  • ½ cup ripe strawberries
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 5 almonds

Method: Blend all ingredients to get a chilled, liquid consistency strawberry and banana smoothie

Natural Peanut Butter and Banana Smoothie
Ingredients:

  • 100ml ice
  • 200ml skimmed yogurt
  • 1 tbs natural preservative-free peanut butter
  • 1 chopped (ripe) banana
  • 1 tsp honey

Method: Blend all ingredients together, and add a little milk (if needed) to get a thin drinking consistency for this natural peanut butter and banana smoothie.

Almond Papaya and Banana Smoothie
Ingredients: 

  • 100ml ice
  • 200ml skimmed yogurt
  • 1 chopped (ripe) banana
  • 1 cup chopped (ripe) papaya
  • 5-8 almonds
  • 1 tsp drinking chocolate or coffee (for the strong hearted)

Method: Blend all ingredients together for an icy cold and smooth almond papaya and banana smoothie.

Note: All three smoothies can be blended with lesser ice and skimmed yogurt for a thicker, mousse-like consistency. You can enjoy these thicker smoothies as desserts with chocolate shavings and coffee or cinnamon powder sprinkled on top. Add nuts and dry fruits like almonds, walnuts, raisins and unsalted pistachios for more flavour. A much healthier version would include chilled and chopped seasonal fruits like kiwi, plums, cherries, and musk melon.

*Image courtesy: © Thinkstock photos/ Getty Images  

 

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