With the warmer weather hitting Australia, there are sure to be more people are turning to frozen drinks to keep cool in the summer heat.
And if you’re one of them and If you’re looking for healthier options, you might by-pass the slushies and go for frozen smoothies instead.
This leads me nicely into the question, are frozen smoothies healthy?
Let’s dive into what makes frozen smoothies healthy, and also touch on what might make them sometimes a little unhealthy.
Why are frozen smoothies healthy?
Every frozen smoothie can be different, so there might be a few reasons why yours is healthier than others.
But most frozen smoothies will have ingredients in common that can make them a very healthy choice in the end.
Here’s a few reasons why your frozen smoothie maybe healthy:
Getting enough water is absolutely crucial for your body – it affects everything from your energy levels to your brain function.
But most people don’t love the idea of chugging 1.5L or more of plain water and that’s why frozen smoothies are a great way to boost up your water intake.
Frozen smoothies will usually contain two sources of water.
Firstly, you have your base – whether it be milk, a plant-based milk or even ice cubes.
But you’ll also be including water-rich foods like fruits and veggies, which is our next reason!
2. Fruit and veggies
A frozen smoothie will always contain fruit and/or veg – otherwise, it’s not a smoothie, it’s a milkshake (there, you’ve learnt one more thing today!).
No matter what your health goals, you could probably benefit from introducing more fruit and vegetables into your diet..
By including regular fruit and veggies into your diet, you’re supporting every system of your body – everything from your brain and nervous system to your digestion and your liver rely on the nutrients found in fruit and veg.
A balanced frozen smoothie is like a multivitamin, but tastier (and often way more effective!)
Can frozen smoothies be bad for you?
If you’re not careful with the balance of ingredients, potentially there could be some trouble for you.
For example, a frozen smoothie that is full of added sweeteners and sugar might not be the best option for you at all.
Or if you’re trying to build and maintain muscles, a frozen smoothie made with just fruit isn’t going to the best choice for your needs.
You want to make sure that your choice of frozen smoothie is designed to help you achieve your health and wellbeing goals.
How to make your frozen smoothie nutritious If you want to make your frozen smoothie part of your daily or monthly health-kick, there are a few ways to make it as healthy as possible.
- Add some protein and/or healthy fats - Every meal and snack should include either protein and/or healthy fats, and a smoothie is no exception to this rule. The protein keeps you feeling fuller for longer and contains the main building blocks of your cells and tissues. Healthy fats give you steadier energy throughout the day and can support optimal hormone balance. For a boost of protein, you can add nuts, seeds or even a high-quality protein powder into your frozen smoothie. Healthy fats can include ingredients like coconut, avocado, nuts and seeds (also found in many of the Super Cubes frozen smoothie formulas).
- Remember your veggies - Very few of us eat the ideal amount of vegetables each day – even I miss the mark some days! So why not make it easy on yourself and add an extra dose of vegetables to your frozen smoothies? Spinach and kale are some of the most common additions that people use. But you can also get a little creative and add anything from cucumber to avocado and even zucchini. I promise you – if you strike the right balance of ingredients, you can’t even tell that they’re in your smoothie! Herbs like mint and parsley are also good options to try in your frozen smoothie. Or you could even include supergreens like spirulina, wheatgrass and chlorella!
- Include some gut loving - A healthy body starts with a healthy gut. So if you want to take your frozen smoothie to the next level, you could try including some gut-support ingredients as a great option. This could mean probiotics such as yoghurt or kefir, or prebiotic fibres found in foods including apples, pears and oats.
- Start with a balanced base - If the above feels like too much work for a single smoothie, there is an answer. Grab yourself some Super Cubes, and use them as your frozen smoothie base!You can grab the super greens smoothie for a boost of veg, or the berry digest smoothie for a happy gut. Or my personal favourite – go for the wake me up smoothie for a caffeine boost with a hit of extra protein in it!
The choice is yours in the end
Whether your frozen smoothie is healthy or not comes down to personal choice and what you end up putting into your blender in the end.
Remember a healthy and nutritious smoothie can still taste great too, if you choose the right ingredients too.
So make the right choice for yourself and your health at the same time.
Choose the right ingredients for your goals, make sure it’s nutrient dense or if you can’t be bothered with that, you could just rotate through all of the Super Cubes smoothie cubes flavours because they have done all of the hard work for you already!