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Can You Get Your 5 A Day With the Best Smoothie Maker?

Buying a smoothie maker is a good way to get your daily allowance of fruits and vegetables.In order to maintain good health and prevent any deficiencies, the government and healthcare professionals advise us to consume at least 5 pieces of fruits or vegetables in a single day. This seems like a very simple thing to do but most of us here in the UK don’t actually have that many fruits and vegetables as a part of a healthy diet. Time flies by and sometimes this makes us forget what we should have eaten. This is especially common when a person has a very busy lifestyle. On top of this, children aren’t very fond of some fruits and almost all vegetables. Don’t worry they’ll realize the importance of vegetables when they get older. But what can you do to ensure that you and your children get your 5 a day on a daily basis? Well, making smoothies can certainly help you to get started.

A common question I’ve heard before is whether you can use smoothies to get your 5 a day. Well, of course you can but this can often be misinterpreted. Having a smoothie maker is real handy and there’s a helpful guide written by ReviewInsider UK that’ll help you to pick the best smoothie maker. I have one at home too but I never use it too much. Personally, I don’t think there’s any harm in trying to get all of your 5 a day by making smoothies. The only problem is that blending fruits and vegetables can reduce the fibre that you would normally get from the whole fruit or veg. On top of this, the sugar becomes concentrated and can also damage your teeth. That’s why I would never just have smoothies throughout the day. It just isn’t healthy for me. However, there’s no doubt that there will be plenty of nutrients in the smoothie and it’ll certainly mask the bitter taste that can be contributed by some vegetables.

Personally, I always try and get at least 2 of my 5 a day by using my smoothie maker. But, I also try and maximise this by adding as many vegetables as I can. This is to try and minimise the sugar that I’ll be consuming. By doing this, I can usually have something that doesn’t taste too bad but is extremely nutritious. In addition to this, I also eat lots of whole fruits and vegetables throughout the day. This gives me sufficient energy and good health to do whatever I need to do through the day. My skin, hair and the entire body feels great and I have this strategy to thank. But if you’re looking for a solid answer to whether you can get all of your 5 a day from smoothie then I would say no. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t create a new strategy. I would advise you to combine smoothies with eating fresh whole fruits and vegetables during the day. This is what our department of health advises too! This will ensure that you get sufficient nutrients from the smoothie along with other essential nutrients that get broken down in the smoothie maker.

I think if the main problem is that your kids won’t have fruits and vegetables especially then you could make smoothies for them. In this situation, you should put different varieties of vegetables in your smoothie maker and then mask the taste with some sweet fruits. This will be far better for the growth and overall health of your children when compared to having no fruits and vegetables in their diet.

There are lots of different recipes available you can try and change up the taste and nutritious value. Make sure you find and try as many as you can!

Healthy Low Fat Recipes for the Best Soup Maker

Introduction

Regardless of whether you’re dieting or not, there’s nothing better than having soup in the winter. At a time when everyone is baking cakes and cookies for the holidays, you can be forgiven for being tempted to give up your diet for a little bit. However, one way to prevent this is by trying delicious, healthy and low fat soup recipes. Making these recipes isn’t usually too difficult either as normally, all I do is put the ingredients into the machine and I’m ready to go. I quite like the Morphy Richards 501014 soup machine but you can pick any other soup maker that suits you. 

Whenever I’m making soup, I try and use healthy recipes that will fill me up but won’t be overloaded with calories. I try to make low-calorie meals that taste great. I’m sure you’ve seen small tubs of healthy low-calorie soup available in supermarkets like Tesco and Sainsbury’s. These are quite cheap and I guess you can buy these and pop them in the microwave before serving. However, I personally like to make fresh soup myself by using high quality fresh ingredients. The thing is that you can never be too sure what’s been put into the soup packets in supermarkets. They usually have extra sugar added and lots of other processed ingredients. The very fact that they’re available to buy in packets puts me off and even if they have very few calories, this doesn’t mean they are healthy. These are the reasons that I use the Morphy Richards 501014 so much, as I consider it to be the best soup maker at the moment.

Healthy Low-Calorie Soup Maker Recipes

As you can get easily bored of trying the same recipes every time, I tend to try new soup recipes every week. If I like a particular recipe then I note it down and if in the mood, I usually try it again at some point. I’ve listed some of my favourite recipes below.

Creamy Corn Soup

This creamy corn soup tasted delicious and was prepared well in this soup maker.I know what you’re thinking but no, this creamy corn soup doesn’t contain any cream. I tend to replace it with low fat milk and increase the thickness with a potato. This usually improves the texture and gives it that creamy flavour and my goodness, does it taste great! The ingredients for this are as follows: fresh kernels of corn, which have been cut from the cob, garlic cloves and some scallions that have been chopped. I use olive oil and combine it with a russet potato, skimmed milk, a chicken/vegetable cube, fresh cilantro and if needed, a little bit of low fat sour cream. Sometimes, when I’m in the mood, I also add in a little bit of low fat cheese. Once the ingredients have been chopped into smaller pieces, I pop the ingredients in my soup maker and within half an hour, I usually have it ready to serve. I then add salt and pepper as the final addition before serving. Of course, you can change the recipe according to your own likes and dislikes but what you’ll eventually get is a creamy, delicious bowl of soup that doesn’t have many calories.

Potato Leek Soup

This is an easy-to-make recipe for potato leek soup.In case you haven’t realised it by now, I absolutely love potatoes and almost always have them in my soup even if they aren’t the healthiest of ingredients due to the starch. Like the creamy corn soup, the texture of this soup also comes out quite creamy and almost velvety. I would say that this is probably the easiest soup to make but tastes like a pro made it. You need to get a few leeks and remove the stems. Following this, you’ll need to chop half an onion and cut two russet potatoes into small pieces. Next, you need to add in a tiny bit of flour and butter. I also add in quite a bit of vegetable broth into the mix. The final steps involve the addition of skimmed milk along with salt and some fresh pepper. Once you’ve added all of these into the soup maker, you can be sure that you’re about to taste one of the tastiest yet healthiest soups around.

These are just two recipes I’ve tried this week. With a little bit of effort, I’m sure you can find lots more of these delicious yet healthy soup maker recipes. They’re easy and very quick to make but at the same time are healthy as long as you use as many fresh and low-fat ingredients as possible.


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