Get More Fiber in Your Smoothies
Fiber is an important part of your diet. Not only can it help your overall nutrition, but it can even aid the way that your body functions. According to the Mayo Clinic, eating a diet high in fiber can improve your digestive health, lower high blood sugar levels and drop bad cholesterol. Because high-fiber foods often takes longer to chew and eat than other meals, the Mayo Clinic explained that it can even help you lose weight by reducing the likelihood that you'll overeat.
If you want to increase the amount of fiber you consume on a daily basis - men younger than 50 should have about 30 grams and women should have 21 - try loading up a smoothie with fiber-rich ingredients. When you blend yourself a smoothie in your performance blender you get all the pulp and fiber that your want in every sip, unlike with juice. Try adding one of these recipes to your daily routine today.
Bananas are the anchor of a variety of smoothies, and they pack a powerful punch of fiber. So if you're looking to get a significant percentage of your daily value of fiber from a blended drink, pair your banana with a tasty accompaniment that's loaded with the nutrient: almonds.
Combine 1 1/2 bananas (fresh or frozen) with 1 cup almond milk, 1/2 cup almond butter, ice and a splash of maple syrup in your performance blender. Blend on HIGH until smooth and serve yourself. You can even use your Oster® Versa® Blender to make your own almond milk by blending 1 cup of almonds, 3 cups of water, honey and salt then straining the concoction.
"You can get 6 grams of fiber per cup of the Pistachio Oatmeal Smoothie."
You can get 6 grams of fiber per cup of the Pistachio Oatmeal Smoothie, as well as 5 grams of protein. Mix 1 cored, cut pear, 1 banana, 1/3 cup oats, 3 dates, a pinch of cinnamon, 1 cup milk, 1/3 cup pistachios, 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed and ice in your 8-cup performance blender jar then blend on SMOOTHIE. It'll make just over 3 cups - perfect for splitting with your workout partner after the gym.
Prunes, or dried plums, are an excellent source of fiber. Although they're fairly sweet, some people don't like their taste and prefer to mix them with other fruits for a tastier drink. Try mixing 4 pitted prunes, 1 cored, cut apple, 1 cup Greek yogurt, 1/2 cup apple cider, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract and a pinch of cinnamon in your performance blender. You'll likely want to soak your prunes in warm water first to make them easier to blend.
Green and Berry Smoothie
It's not just fruit, nuts and grains that carry fiber. Vegetables are a great source as well, but the key is knowing which vegetables have the most. Kale, chard, spinach and avocado are all rich in fiber and can be used for a tasty smoothie. Try this smoothie by adding 1/2 avocado, 1/2 cup spinach, 1/2 cup kale, 1 cup frozen mixed berries and 1 cup orange juice with ice in your blender jar then blending on HIGH until your smoothie is ready.