Smoothies are one of the best ways of ensuring you have a healthy, nutritious meal without skimping on taste or taking time! Colourful, creamy, and filling without leaving you feeling stuffed, they are the perfect way to fuel up at the start of a big day or have a quick lunch on the go.
Here are just a few reasons why we love healthy smoothies so much:
Smoothies are a great way to get your greens
Smoothies are the perfect way to get your daily vegetables in! Not only do veggie packed smoothies have greater nutritional value, but you can hardly taste them when blended up with tasty fruit like banana, berries, or other tropical fruits. Look for smoothies with ingredients like kale, spinach, broccoli, cooked butternut, beetroot or carrot for added flavour and an extra hit of vitamins. We love the new David Lloyd Clubs Lean Green smoothie full of spinach, kale, broccoli, mango and passion fruit.
Smoothies keep you full for ages
People might avoid smoothies because they think they won’t fill them up as much as a solid meal. This is not the case! Look for smoothies packed with healthy fat – not only will your smoothie be richer, creamier, and tastier, but you’ll stay fuller for longer. Sources of healthy fat include nut butter (almond, peanut, cashew, or others), coconut milk, and avocado.
Smoothies are easy to drink on the go
Smoothies are the perfect meal for those days when you’re busy and need to eat on the go but still want to get a healthy, nutritious meal. With loads of new and delicious smoothies and shakes in the David Lloyd Clubs’s spring/summer menu, we’ve got you covered for those days when you just don’t have the time to sit down and eat.
Smoothies are delicious
Thick, creamy and full of delicious, wholesome ingredients, smoothies are delicious and nutritious. Not only are they tasty, but they will leave you feeling satisfied and healthy, free from any guilt.
Kids love Smoothies
Getting your kids to eat fruits, vegetables and other healthy ingredients can often be a nightmare! Luckily, they can get plenty of goodness in smoothie form. Blended up to disguise the foods they ‘don’t like’, they can get their daily fruit and vegetables intake without the usual struggle. Just one piece of fruit tends to provide enough sweet flavour to disguise any of the ‘vegetable taste’. For example, our Doctor Beet contains both beetroot and carrot which you can hardly taste with the addition of sweet mango and apple juice. The ideal disguise.
Smoothies are a great source of protein
Many smoothies are good sources of protein, making them perfect for a quick pre- or post-gym workout snack as they work to help repair and build muscles.
Look out for smoothies containing protein rich ingredients like nut butter, coconut milk, flax seeds, oats, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds and yoghurt. The new David Lloyd Clubs Top Banana protein shake is a great example, boasting peanut butter, chocolate whey protein and almond milk!
Smoothies help aid digestion and ease inflammation
Smoothies are great for helping with digestion and soothing the stomach. Look out for smoothies with dried spices or fresh herbs like turmeric or ginger (both have great anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties), or fresh mint (it helps to settle your stomach and aid digestion).
We love the David Lloyd Clubs Coco Loco smoothie made up of coconut, mango pineapple, mint, lime and apple juice, and our Carrot Gold smoothie with turmeric, ginger, carrot, sweet potato and mandarin!
You can choose the right smoothie for what your body needs
- Looking to see your morning smoothie last you that extra few hours? Smoothies with oats, like our Oats So Good protein shake, will keep you fuller for longer, providing the perfect balance of carbs, protein and fruit to keep you going until lunchtime.
- Looking to build muscle? Choose smoothies packed with protein.
- Feeling under the weather? Look for smoothies that will help your immune system, like our Detox-zing smoothie, packed with antioxidant-rich blueberries, stomach soothing ginger, vitamin A rich carrots, and potassium rich banana.