How to make the ultimate healthy smoothie
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The right combination of ingredients… the perfectly-powered blender… the right kind of toppers… There are a lot of variables when it comes to creating a smoothie or juice that is as tasty as it good for you. Which is why we’ve out together our edit of the best appliances on the market, along with some expert nutritionist advice, so you can blend the ultimate elixir, every time. Time to power up!
The cold-press juicer
Skip the cafe queues and make your own cold-pressed juice at home. Thanks to its low juicing speed, this slow juicer allows you to extract the maximum amount of nutrients and vitamins from your fruit and veg.
Shop it: Russell Hobbs Luxe Cold Press Slow Juicer, $169, at Catch
The classic blender
With a 1.5 litre jug (that’s also BPA-free), dual blades, four speeds and the ability to blend, pulse and crush ice, this retro-looking appliance knows how to get the modern job done.
Shop it: Smeg 50’s Style Blender, $299, at Myer
The blender and juicer combo
Perfect for blending, juicing or a combination of both, this hybrid blender can crush ice and blitz both fruit and vegetables with ease.
Shop it: Breville Bluicer Pro Juicer & Blender, $599.99, at House
The multi-tasking blender
Beat the morning rush with this snazzy pressure-activated blender. Simply toss your ingredients into the bottle, connect it to the base, and you’ll be good to go in seconds.
Shop it: George Foreman Mix & Go Classic Blender, $29, at Harvey Norman
The cordless blender
This quick-charging hand blender is completely cordless, making mixing smoothies, soups and dips a breeze.
Shop it: KitchenAid Cordless Hand Blender, $259, at KitchenAid
The rechargeable blender
Take this rechargeable blender to the gym or office to mix smoothies and juices on-the-go.
Shop it: Sansai Portable Blender, $28, at Catch
How to build a better smoothie
Naturopath and nutritionist Michaela Sparrow shares her top tips for a healthier shake.
Choose healthy fats
“This will help keep you fuller for longer and will also help prevent blood-sugar drops later in the day. My favourite sources of healthy fats are avocado, hemp and chia seeds, and macadamia and almond butters.”
Add protein powder
“Protein also helps to keep your blood sugar stable and will support you in healthy adrenal function and fat loss. I prefer vegan proteins, such as pea or hemp protein, as they are less inflammatory than whey protein.”
Load up on vegies
“Include plenty of fibre-rich vegetables, such as celery, kale, baby spinach, sprouts, broccoli and carrots. Fibre is important for healthy gut function and liver health, and will also prevent blood-sugar spikes.”
These healthy additions will take your smoothie to the next level
High in protein and 97 per cent fat-free, cottage cheese is the perfect way to give smoothies a boost.
Shop it: Bulla Cottage Cheese, $3, at Bulla
Add this elixir to your morning smoothie to protect against free-radical damage while supporting your gut.
Shop it: The Beauty Chef Antioxidant Inner Beauty Boost (500ml), $45, at Nourished Life
Shake it up
Developed for long-term results, these convenient shakes are packed full of vitamins and are a good source of protein and fibre.
Shop it: Tony Ferguson Classic Shake Meal Replacement (14pk), $44.99, at Terry White
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