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5 Nutrition-Packed Ingredients to Use in Your Shakes Print

Posted on September 8th, 2015
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blueberriesUsing meal replacement shakes can be a great way to manage your nutritional needs on a low calorie diet. We’ve got a whole arsenal of incredible shake recipes to help you get creative, but we thought we would highlight a few ingredients that are not only delicious, but also give your shake a nutritional boost.

Superfood 1: Blueberries
Blueberries might be small, but they pack a huge nutritional punch. Filled with antioxidants, vitamin K, and magnesium, these berries are low on the glycemic index which may further support healthy weight loss. Frozen blueberries maintain the same nutritional value as fresh, so you can use them all year round.

Try this: Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake Shake

Superfood 2: Kiwi
With more vitamin C than the equivalent amount of orange, kiwi is one of the healthiest – and yummiest – fruits you can add to your shakes. A whole kiwi (about 2 inches tall) provides 85% of your daily Vitamin C, 31% of your Vitamin K, and 8% of fiber with only 42 calories.

Try this: Tuscan Melon Smoothie

Superfood 3: Avocado
Avocado can be higher in calories than other smoothie ingredients, but that is because it is packed with healthy fats, Vitamin B5, and fiber. Avocado is mild in flavor so a few slices will not overwhelm other fruits you want to use, and it will transform your shake into a smooth, creamy, milkshake-like treat.

Try this: Chocolate Avocado Smoothie

Superfood 4: Pomegranate
If you’re struggling to include all of the vitamins you need in your diet, pomegranate is like nature’s multivitamin. These juicy seeds will add a boost of potassium, fiber, Vitamins B-1, B-2, and B-6, and Vitamins C, K, and E! Pomegranate goes well with other fruits, chocolate, and vanilla.

Superfood 5: Papaya
Summer is the perfect time to try papaya in your shakes if you’ve never had it before. Packed with Vitamin C, folate, fiber, and magnesium, papaya will take your shake to the next level. Papaya is sweet and butter-like, and will add dimension to your shake both in taste as well as texture.

It’s important to make the most out of your meals by packing them full of nutritious ingredients. Blueberries, kiwi, avocado, pomegranate, and papaya are all great ingredients to take your shakes to the next level.

Have you tried any of these ingredients in your smoothies? Share your recipe in the comments below!

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