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How to build the perfect smoothie
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How to build the perfect smoothie

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A frozen smoothie in the morning is an easy, quick way to get loads of nutrients.  A breakfast smoothie starts things off on a healthy note and sets the tone for the whole day. There are so many great smoothie ideas out there that it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Let us break it down for you.  Here’s the Influenster guide on how to build the perfect smoothie.

First thing’s first.  Start with a great, high-powered blender that’s going to slice and dice all those delicious fruits and veggies. I love my Ninja Professional Blender -- the single-serve cups make it easy to take my smoothies on the go. (Which is great, because I’m usually running late!)

Build your smoothie:  

Here’s the breakdown:

Fruit:  Frozen is best, because it’ll give your smoothie that icy, shake-like quality without getting watered down. Look for fruits packed with vitamins and fiber. Think:strawberries, blueberries, peaches, pineapple, mango, kiwi, apples, bananas.

Veggies:  Eat your vegetables!  Think: sweet potatoes, beets, and carrots are all loaded with vitamins and pair well with fruits to balance out flavors.  

Leafy Greens:  Choose options high in vitamins to get your day started right.  Think: kale, spinach, collards, and swiss chard.

Liquid: This will help everything mix together, as well as keep you hydrated.  Think: water, fresh-squeezed juice, almond milk, coconut water, soy milk, plain yogurt.

Sweeten: Skip the sugar in favor of natural sweeteners.  Think: shredded coconut, honey, agave, or even maple syrup!

Blend and enjoy!

Get creative -- experiment with different combinations to see what works.

Here are some more ideas:

 

Make things easier:

Check out the awesome fruit/veggie combos from Rader Farms Fresh Start Fusion and take out all that guesswork on what to include.  We love the Morning Vitality, which includes mango, nectarine, sweet potato, and carrot.  1,000 lucky Influensters received a special coupon redeemable for one free Fresh Start package. Were you one of them? Check in your badge and get posting!

Not part of the campaign? No worries. Show us your smoothie recipes and photos on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest! Use the hashtag #FreshStart. The best recipes will be featured on the Rader Farms website.

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