Are frozen berry smoothies good for me?

Are frozen berry smoothies good for you? Thanks for the great question and our nutritionist Samantha Gemmel has answered it for you below and also given you a few smoothie recipe suggestions too!

Smoothies can be some of the most nutrient-dense drinks around for you.

But they can also become incredibly unbalanced and unhealthy if you’re not careful.

This is because a smoothie can be made with pretty much any ingredient that can be blended, so what you put into your smoothie can make a big difference.

And this leads us nicely into the question, are frozen berry smoothies good for me?

Are frozen berry smoothies good for me?

The answer is: it really depends on what you have put into your smoothie.

If you’ve made a trip to the “Cheat Day Cupboard of Sweets” and loaded the smoothie up with sweeteners, sugars and whatever else you can get your hands on, the answer is probably no.

But if you have used a natural frozen berry mix with no artificial preservatives and no artificial flavouring (or alternatively berry digest smoothie cubes), the answer is most certainly a yes!

A balanced smoothie can contain natural sugars, but it should also contain other nutrients such as fibre, protein and also healthy fats.

The good news is that frozen berry smoothies are one of the easiest smoothies to make even healthier.

So here are a few tips to make sure your smoothie is both nutritious AND delicious.

Start with a liquid base If you don’t use some kind of liquid as your base, your frozen smoothie might end up as more of a frozen smoothie bowl instead!

So if you want to drink your smoothie rather than using a spoon, you’ll want to include at least half a cup of liquid in there.

You can use a variety of liquid bases and some of my top picks include:

  • Water and/or ice
  • Coconut water
  • Oat milk
  • Coconut milk
  • Almond milk
  • Yoghurt
  • Non-dairy yoghurt such as coconut or almond yoghurt
  • Milk kefir (a type of fermented milk)

To make sure your frozen berry smoothie is healthy, it’s best to choose a base that has no added sugars.



Balance your fruit and veggies

When you make a frozen berry smoothie, you’re already getting all of the goodness found in berries.

But when it comes to nutrition, variety is the spice of life - so why not sneak in some veg as well?

The natural sweetness of berries can slightly hide the taste of a variety of nutritious vegetables too.

Some good nutritious vegetable options to add to your smoothie can include:

  • Zucchini
  • Cauliflower
  • Baby spinach
  • Avocado
  • Cucumber

Add some extra quality protein and/or fat Smoothies tend to be a little high sometimes in carbohydrates and sugar, thanks to the fruit content.

But if you want to use your smoothie as a meal and/or a substantial snack, it’s important to include some good quality protein and/or healthy fats.

These nutrients will help steady your blood sugar levels and give you more consistent energy throughout the day.

Not sure how to add protein or good fats to your smoothie?

You can try adding one or more of these options:

  • Avocado
  • Peanut butter
  • Almond butter
  • Nuts such as almonds, macadamias, hazelnuts and walnuts
  • Seeds such as chia, hemp and pumpkin seeds
  • A high-quality protein powder – ideally, look for a powder that only contains protein, a flavour (eg vanilla) and a natural sweetener
  • Coconut milk and/or coconut oil
  • Yoghurt
  • Non-dairy yoghurt such as coconut or almond yoghurt

Include some bonus superfoods in your smoothie

Want to take your frozen berry smoothie to the next level?

That’s where superfoods can come in and most certainly help you out!

There are plenty of superfood options available these days, and they offer a variety of benefits.

When it comes to flavours that match with a frozen berry smoothie, I have three favourite superfoods I like to add and here they are for you:

1. Cacao powder

Cacao gives a rich chocolate flavour that goes with any kind of berry.

But it is also packed with nutrients including iron and magnesium.

Cacao can also give your feel-good brain chemicals a kickstart, so it’s a perfect option for a morning smoothie!

2. Mesquite powder

This powder, made from the pods of a South American legume, has a subtle caramel.

Mesquite is an excellent source of many minerals including magnesium, zinc, potassium and calcium.

Research has found that mesquite is also packed with antioxidants.

3. Maca powder

This root vegetable powder is renowned for its benefits including balancing hormones and improving energy and stamina.

The research into maca is still the early stages, but there have been studies that demonstrate benefits for depression and anxiety, endurance sport performance and brain function.

Why not include some berry digest smoothie cubes?

If you have read the above and you are looking for an easy to make frozen berry smoothie, why not choose the berry digest smoothie to use as your base along with one of the preferred liquids above.

Super Cubes has tried to take the thinking and the hassle out of making a smoothie that’s good for you, all you have to do is choose your cube and then add any extra ingredients you want to your blender.

If you want to look at some frozen berry smoothie recipes (to see if you can find something you like), you can on the Super Cube Smoothie Recipes page.

 

Author | Samantha Gemmell
Sam is a Nutritionist, Health Writer and Wellness Speaker as well as being an Author for Super Cubes.
She is passionate about sharing her knowledge and helping people through their journey to health and wellness combining their mindset, nutrition and lifestyle. When she’s not helping people, she enjoys dancing in the rain and cuddling dogs.
Sometimes she does both at the same time.

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Sam is a Nutritionist, Health Writer and Wellness Speaker as well as being an Author for Super Cubes. She is passionate about sharing her knowledge and helping people through their journey to health and wellness combining their mindset, nutrition and lifestyle. When she’s not helping people, she enjoys dancing in the rain and cuddling dogs. Sometimes she does both at the same time.