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Craving a Smoothie? Four Delicious, Healthy Liquid Base Options

At the beginning of the year, you most likely pledged to start eating healthier. To this point, you’ve enthusiastically kept this important promise to yourself after emptying your pantry of processed treats like cookies, candy bars and pastries. Unfortunately, you probably still yearn for something decidedly sweet. One indulgence we suggest to help you satisfy that sweet craving is a creamy, decadent smoothie without compromising your valiant efforts to this point. If you’re craving a smoothie, consider the following delicious, healthy liquid base options or visit your nearest Freshark Juice Bar & Grill and we’ll do the work for you!

Almond Milk

If you prefer a non-dairy liquid base for your smoothies, almond milk is a fantastic choice. Almond milk is an excellent source of vitamins A,D and E and is rich in calcium.

This luscious dairy substitute also contains beneficial omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids. These substances are believed to reduce the amount of damaging inflammation in your body. Omega 3 fatty acids have also been shown to reduce the painful symptoms of osteoarthritis and inflammatory arthritis in some. Not only is this nutty tasting milk good for you, it will add tantalizing creaminess and thickness to your favorite smoothie in just 35 calories.

Coconut Milk

Besides almond milk, coconut milk is another great non-dairy alternative for smoothies. This increasingly popular milk contains medium-chain fatty acids, more commonly referred to as MCFAs. These fatty acids are believed to help with weight loss by boosting your metabolism. MCFAs also give you an instant energy surge because the body doesn’t store them as fat. Coconut milk provides your smoothies with a rich, somewhat fruity taste and creamy texture. A serving of unsweetened coconut milk from a carton contains around 45 calories.


Skim Milk

If you’re a dairy fan, skim milk is probably your healthiest liquid base option as this selection is completely void of fat. Though it has more calories than coconut and almond milk, with about 80 calores per cup, skim milk is an important source of calcium and protein. Calcium helps to keep your bones and teeth healthy and strong. If you gravitate toward thinner smoothies, skim milk is the perfect liquid base for you. This type of milk will provide your smoothie with a distinctively dairy taste and watery texture.

Greek Yogurt

Sales of Greek yogurt have skyrocketed over the past few years, mainly because this favorite of diet enthusiasts packs a major protein punch. Greek yogurt contains approximately twice the protein of regular yogurt as well as important probiotics that aid your body in proper digestion. When using Greek yogurt as your liquid base, your smoothies will be incredibly thick and creamy. A cup of plain Greek yogurt consists of approximately 130 calories.

With so many dairy and non-dairy alternatives on the market today, choosing the liquid base for your favorite smoothies can be confusing. Fortunately, you can’t go wrong with any of the aforementioned options or you can test out our tantalizing smoothie recipes to find out which ones you like the best!

Still thirsty for some healthy treats besides smoothies? Check out our juicing recipes.