Carbs sometimes get a bad rap, but when it comes to fruit, these are the kinds of carbohydrates you want to eat. Fruit packs in the vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, while its high fiber and water content will keep you feeling full. And don’t forget to thank Mother Nature for the yummy natural sweetness.
Here is a quick and refreshing way to get your daily dose of fruit along with a rehydrating electrolyte boost:
- ½ cup fresh or frozen blueberries
- ½ cup fresh or frozen blackberries
- ½ cup fresh or frozen bananas
- ½ cup coconut water, pure and unsweetened
- ½ cup almond milk, plain and unsweetened
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 2-3 ice cubes as desired for texture or to make your smoothie colder if you are not using any frozen fruit
- Add all ingredients to a blender.
- Blend together until creamy.
Coconut Water and Electrolytes:
Coconut water comes from the liquid center of a young, green coconut. Since it is already naturally sweet, choose a brand that has no additives and is unsweetened. Coconut water is rich in potassium, essential in its role as an electrolyte in your body. Potassium helps to control the rhythm of your heartbeat, to conduct nerve function and regulate muscle contraction, and to maintain the fluid balance in your body. (Bananas are also high in potassium.)
Fruit Smoothies and Sugar:
Your body recognizes and knows how to digest the natural sugar in fruit. The fiber content in fruit allows glucose to be absorbed more slowly into your bloodstream, unlike the sugar in most refined carbs which leads to nasty blood sugar spikes. However, this still doesn’t mean you can eat unlimited amounts of fruit. In general, two to three servings of fruit per day is healthy.