How to make your smoothies healthier

Pacheco thinks a nutritious smoothie requires balance. “I always recommend having a source of fiber, protein and fat in a smoothie,” she tells Yahoo Life.

"This combo of macronutrients helps stabilize blood sugar, keeping you full longer and with more sustained energy.”

Thus, make sure your smoothie contains more than fruit and juice. “I think many are missing the mark when it comes to getting all three macronutrients

“I tend to see clients load up on just fruit and fruit juice” without healthy fats, proteins, and veggies.“This all-fruit smoothie will likely cause a blood sugar spike, crash, and hunger again, making the client think they ate well.

No need to skip fruit. Pacheco recommends adding fruits and vegetables to smoothies for fiber, vitamins, and minerals. “I love adding frozen berries to my smoothies because they're one of the higher-fiber fruits and it's cheaper and replaces ice.”

smoothies with fruit and veggies. Blueberries, raspberries, bananas, apple sauce, açai powder, spinach, kale, chard, collard greens, frozen cauliflower, shredded carrots, cucumber, and cooked beets are great

Channell recommends protein powder, kefir, Greek yogurt, or cottage cheese for a creamier smoothie. You should also include “healthy fats like nut butter, chia seeds, flax seeds or full fat yogurt or dairy,” she recommends.