This is Part 2 of my Liquid Smoothie Ingredient series. If you’re just getting started, here is a quick summary of your options for liquid smoothie ingredient bases:
Milk is one of the most classic ingredients for making smoothies, and responsible for giving smoothies a creamy texture, unlike smoothies with water.
So why should you consider using dairy milk as a base for your smoothie recipes? Read on to find out...
You have 5 basic options to choose from, all with varying nutritional values:
We’ve all seen the Got Milk ads and know that we "should" be drinking more milk.
3 glasses per day to be exact, right?
At least that's how much we need according to the creators of those commercials, backed by the powerful dairy industry players.
It’s true that milk boasts some health benefits:
But more and more scientific studies are emerging which show that drinking cows milk actually poses several health risks.
Drinking milk could increase chances of:
And if you’re lactose intolerant or have milk allergies, drinking milk could be downright dangerous for your body.
It also isn’t so good for the environment or animal welfare, as it takes more resources to raise cows than to grow plants.
At this point, you may be a bit confused. And you're absolutely right to feel that way, because that is some pretty conflicting evidence.
Is milk healthy or not? Should you include it in your own healthy eating plan?
As for the first question, we'll let the scientists hash that one out. I am not a scientist so I cannot go further than presenting both sides.
In the meantime, it's up to you to answer the second question for yourself, based on your own unique circumstances.
I recently made the decision to eliminate cows milk from my diet...but more on that later.
If you’re still not sure, it doesn’t have to be all or nothing. For example, you could compromise and drink 1 glass of regular milk per day, and 1 glass of plant milk such as soy milk, almond milk, or coconut milk.
Milk still has a place in your smoothies, if you drink it.
It’s an easy way to get a bunch of nutrients in one glass, including calcium and protein.
By adding a little milk to your smoothies along with fruit and other healthy ingredients, you create a very powerful combination of protein, fiber, healthy fats, and vitamins.
How exactly can milk shakes help you lose weight? It’s simple…
Milk creates a smoothie consistency like a milk shake, so you trick your body into thinking it’s dessert. This makes you less likely to go overboard on actual dessert and junk food.
The Abs Diet calls for using milk as a smoothie ingredient along with other “power foods”. For years I enjoyed making these abs diet smoothies with milk.
Whether you drink dairy milk or substitute any type of plant milk as your liquid smoothie ingredient, these are some of my favorite fruit shake recipes with milk:
This brings me to my next page in the Liquid Smoothie Ingredient Series: