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Why balloon releases need to stop

by Katherine Martinko

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© Balloons Blow/Facebook — This particular pile of trash contained 9 balloons: 6 latex, 1 mylar, 2 plastic

All around the world, communities are starting to speak out against the senseless “mass aerial litter” created by balloons.

Residents of Rhode Island have joined in the call to ban balloon releases for environmental reasons. After picking up nearly 2,200 downed balloons along the coastline in the past several years, the Clean Ocean Access group is petitioning the city of Newport to stop allowing the practice altogether. While a floating mass of colorful balloons may look beautiful and celebratory for a few short minutes, it can be deadly for wildlife for many years to come.

Contrary to what manufacturers claim, latex balloons are not biodegradable. Balloons may break up into smaller pieces over time, but, with the addition of chemical plasticizers and artificial dyes, they never fully biodegrade. Anti-balloon group Balloons Blow has a photo gallery of deflated latex balloons that have ended up as pollution on land or in water, where they threaten wildlife by looking dangerously like food.

From the petition:

“Sea turtles mistake them for jellyfish and ingest them and die. They are made of plastic and take a long time to degrade, likely breaking into small pieces of plastic, absorbing toxins, [getting] ingested by fish, and leading to bio accumulation. Besides the balloon itself, the ribbons are also made of plastic and lead to entanglement of seabirds, and become entangled with seaweed.”

Britain’s Marine Conservation Society says it found 53 percent more balloon-related litter on beaches in 2016 than a year earlier.

Loggerhead hatchling with balloons© BalloonsBlow

The Rhode Island petition comes on the heels of Atlantic City’s new ban on outdoor balloon releases. People will face fines of up to $500 for releasing a helium balloon into the air, a move that PETA has praised. Last year, Gibraltar also made international headlines for ending its famous annual release of 300,000 red and white balloons to mark independence. As Matt Hickman wrote for MNN at the time, “At the end of the day, joyous littering is still littering.”

Rob Macmillan, co-founder of 11th Hour Racing who has spent the last decade sailing off the Rhode Island coast, told ABC6 News:

“It’s incredibly depressing.  You’ll be sailing along and you’ll just see plastic balloons floating everywhere.  And, you’ve got to imagine that the sea life that encounters them are just ingesting them and dying, or it’s getting into our own food supply.”

It’s an issue we should all be aware of, and a particularly easy practice to eliminate, since balloons serve no practical function. If you’re wondering about alternative ways to celebrate, visit the Balloons Blow website for lots of creative alternatives, from flags, streamers, ribbon dancers, and kites, to drumming, floating flowers, and more.

 

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Students showcase a ridiculous solution to a really ridiculous gun law.

Student Body Armor is a joke, but gun violence isn’t.

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Did you know that in several states, pretty much anyone can stroll into their 9 a.m. freshman economics class armed to the teeth?

In September 2016, professors at the University of Texas-Austin found empty bullet casings around campus along with menacing notes meant to mock anti-gun advocates, reading “Triggered?” and “In the land of the pigs, the butcher is king. Oink… Oink… Oink.” That same month, at another Texas college, one student accidentally fired a gun in one of the dorms.

Not only are there questions about whether these campus carry laws actually work in the “the only thing that can stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun” sense, but there’s also an intellectual cost to life on campus where you never know when what started as a healthy debate could turn deadly.

The brilliant minds behind the viral “cocks not glocks” protest have released a funny new video addressing their concerns with campus carry.

Hawking “Student Body Armor,” a (fake) new product with safety and school spirit in mind, the video takes a tongue-in-cheek approach to fighting back against laws that would allow weapons on college campuses.

According to Cocks Not Glocks founder Jessica Jin in an interview with The Guardian, the goal of Student Body Armor is to use “absurd branding that makes people just slow down for a second and question what they value as acceptable in day-to-day life.”

In that case: mission accomplished.

There are two things each of us can do right now to push back on the spread of campus carry laws.

The first is to get in touch with state legislators and voice concern about campus carry. Campus carry laws already exist in Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Mississippi, Oregon, Texas, Utah, and Wisconsin. If calling from one of those states, push your legislators to seek repeal. If elsewhere, urge them to oppose those laws moving forward.

The second thing you can do, if you’re a high schooler or anyone else considering where to attend college and you decide against a particular school because of the school or state’s gun policy, is let the school’s admissions office know why you didn’t choose their school.

GIF from Student Body Armor/YouTube.

Because you shouldn’t have to wear student body armor just to feel safe when you’re going to class.

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Dad makes his son walk home, ends up in jail with child endangerment charge

by Katherine Martinko

kid walking on railway

Michael Tang thought his 8-year-old’s mile-long walk would fix homework problems, but the lesson has turned out to be much bigger than that.

Parenting is hard at the best of the times, but it’s especially tough when it is treated like a spectator sport by nosy neighbors and over-enthusiastic police. A California father named Mike Tang is the latest victim of society’s unfortunate obsession with judging parents harshly for decisions we might not make ourselves.

Tang, a chemist who was feeling frustrated with his 8-year-old son for cheating on homework, decided to teach him an important life lesson – that money is hard to earn and slacking off at school could mean not having a home someday. Tang dropped Isaac off in a parking lot one mile from home and told him to walk the rest of the way. It was 7:45 p.m. in Corona, a city near Los Angeles, and the sun had barely set. Isaac knew the route home and was familiar with using pedestrian crossings.

When Tang sent his father to get Isaac after 15 minutes, the child had already been picked up by the police, alerted by someone who thought he was in danger because he was alone. Tang was arrested and spent the night in jail; but the punishment did not end there. Reason reports:

“A jury later convicted him of child endangerment, and the judge sentenced him to parenting classes and a 56-day work release program picking up trash and doing other menial work.”

Mike TangYouTube — Mike Tang says he wouldn’t do anything differently./Screen capture

Tang has refused to serve the sentence, and when presented with the outstanding arrest warrant for his failure to comply, scribbled the following response in blue marker over top:

“F*^k you all! Walking on a public sidewalk at 7:34 pm is not child endangerment. You are the ones violating my rights and rigged my trial by suppressing my evidence. I will doing everything in my power to defy you.”

Whether we, as individuals, agree with Tang’s disciplinary approach or not, it is ridiculous to believe that Isaac that was in actual danger. As Lenore Skenazy of Free Range Kids points out in a five-minute video about this case, some might call the situation unusual or controversial, but it’s certainly not dangerous. Corona has a low crime rate and Isaac knew his way home.

The problem is the moralizing that goes along with authorities’ assessments of other people’s parenting tactics. A fascinating study from the University of California last year found that people’s estimates of the danger in which children are placed vary tremendously based on their opinion of a parent’s behavior, i.e. if a mother’s absence is intentional or ‘immoral,’ a child is perceived to be at greater risk than if her absence is accidental. (I wrote about this on TreeHugger last fall.)

Clearly this had an effect on the outcome of Tang’s trial. Court transcripts cite the arresting officer saying he wouldn’t let his 20-year-old daughter walk home alone. This says it all about his approach to parenting – a true helicopter dad whose adult daughter presumably has fewer real-world skills that 8-year-old Isaac already does.

And what if the officer’s fears are logical? Then we have a much bigger problem on hand, and every parent should be outraged, defending our children’s rights to be pedestrians at reasonable hours of the evening.

Tang has received an outpouring of support from people who have learned about the story, mostly through the video below and Skenazy’s blog. He continues refusing to pay the fine and hire a lawyer, which he says would be “no victory for parents.” In response to the many people asking how he would feel if something had happened to his kid, he wrote:

“I’d be just as sorry and remorseful as if I drove him somewhere and got in a car accident, or if I dropped him off at school and he was injured at a school shooting. But that certainly doesn’t make driving him in a car or dropping him off at school dangerous or illegal.”

Skenazy agrees with Tang’s last point: “Simply because some rare and unpredictable tragedy COULD happen literally anytime, any place, that doesn’t mean a parent is wrong to trust the overwhelming odds that everything will be okay.”

We need to start talking about the dangers of not leaving kids alone, of hovering constantly, of inhibiting the development of independence within reasonable limits, of potentially stunting the growth of resilience and what psychologists call “self-efficacy,” confidence in one’s ability to handle situations as they arise.

 

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A doctor cuts through the conflicting science on cholesterol.

It’s easy to feel like there’s too much to keep track of when it comes to staying healthy.

Calories, fat, pounds, carbs, miles, steps — it’s easy to get overwhelmed with conflicting science and false health fads. So the more complicated things, like cholesterol, often get overlooked.

Cholesterol plays a surprisingly large part in your overall health, and knowing and managing your cholesterol level (plus your other three health numbers — blood glucose, blood pressure, and body mass index) can help prevent health problems down the line. We chatted with Dr. Christina Stasiuk, senior medical director at Cigna, to learn more.

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Here are 13 interesting facts about the role cholesterol plays in your body’s health.

1. Cholesterol was first discovered in 1784, so scientists and doctors have been studying it for a long time.

There are two major sub-types of cholesterol: good (high-density lipoprotein, or HDL) and bad (low-density lipoprotein, or LDL, and triglycerides). Bad cholesterol is a fatty substance that can stick to the linings of your arteries and veins, whereas good cholesterol acts as a sort of broom that helps scrub away those LDL buildups in your body.

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2. Your weight isn’t an indicator of your cholesterol level or overall health.

“There are thin people who are at higher risk of heart disease than people who may be overweight but who exercise, don’t smoke, and have normal blood pressure,” says Stasiuk. The only way to know your cholesterol levels for sure is through a blood test.

3. Your body makes all the cholesterol it needs on its own.

The body makes both good and bad cholesterol, as they’re both needed to help perform a lot of the body’s necessary functions. It’s only when we consume too much LDL and triglycerides that it becomes “bad” by forming harmful buildup in our veins and arteries.

4. Clogged arteries look like they’re coated in butter.

If your body doesn’t have enough good cholesterol to scrub away sticky buildups, your arteries become clogged with yellow plaque-like fat. If you could slice open a clogged artery and look inside, it would look like it was filled with a thick layer of frozen butter. Uh … yum?

5. You could end up with high cholesterol regardless of your healthy habits — thanks, genetics!

Familial hypercholesterolemia” is a genetic condition that causes naturally high levels of bad cholesterol. A heart-healthy lifestyle can help, but people with a predisposition for high cholesterol usually also need medication.

Lots of other genetic factors affect heart health too, so the only way to know for sure that your heart is healthy is to consult your doctor.

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6. Your body can generate good cholesterol with regular exercise.

According to Stasiuk, there are really no foods or drugs that significantly increase good cholesterol levels. Regular exercise, however, can help the body create the good cholesterol it needs.

7. When it comes to eats, the richest foods are usually the worst for you.

“Bad cholesterol is typically animal-source cholesterol,” says Stasiuk. “The solid stuff — the bacon fat, the fat around a steak. You’re better off having liquid fats, like olive or canola oil or the oily fats you get in fish.” Solid fats are the ones most likely to “stick,” while liquid fats can be cleaned out of the body more easily.

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8. Look out for the cholesterol double-whammy: the trans fatty acid.

Two things to look for on nutrition labels are saturated fat and trans fats, both of which raise your LDL levels. But trans fats also lower your HDL, pulling double-duty against your cholesterol health. And both saturated fat and trans fats show up in manufactured foods you might not expect because they help lengthen shelf life. “Think about it this way,” says Stasiuk. “The amount of time that food lasts on the shelf is how long those lipids will be in your body.” Ack!

9. One surprising source of high cholesterol? Coffee.

Don’t worry. Only when it’s unfiltered, like in Turkish or French press coffee, does your morning joe contain a harmful substance called cafestol, which raises bad cholesterol. If you drink drip coffee, you’re good to go. The filter catches cafestol before it hits your cup.

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10. Certain foods can help pull bad cholesterol out of the bloodstream and send it out of the body (and it’s not just Cheerios).

Salmon, oatmeal, berries, avocados, beans, nuts, and spinach are all power workers when it comes to scrubbing and flushing out all those sticky cholesterol particles.

11. Women are at a generally lower risk for bad cholesterol levels and heart disease than men — that is, until menopause.

Estrogen helps balance good and bad cholesterol levels in women’s bodies. Once menopause occurs and estrogen levels drop, women’s cholesterol levels and risk of heart disease rise.

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12. Cholesterol also plays a big role in keeping your brain healthy. In fact, about 25% of the cholesterol in your body is stored in your brain.

Cholesterol is a structural component of myelin, which is the protective substance that covers the nerve fibers in your brain. Strong myelin sheaths help the brain function, facilitating things like memory and quick thinking.

13. Laughter might be good for your heart.

Research suggests that laughter can trigger a variety of heart healthy reactions in the body. It decreases stress hormones, reduces artery inflammation, and increases good cholesterol. So if you can’t fit in a workout today, make sure you get in a laugh!

The most important part of maintaining good cholesterol health is to be aware of it and, where you can, make lifestyle choices that support it.

It’s not about counting milligrams or calculating intake levels — it’s about making lifestyle choices that benefit you and your body. “It all comes back to this: go, know, and take control,” says Stasiuk. Get your blood tested during annual checkups with your doctor and take the time to make sure you understand your results. Then make small, progressive steps toward better heart health. Nothing drastic and no special secrets — just little changes toward treating your body right!

 

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Never Trust A Manager Who Does These Five Things:

Every working person knows that your direct supervisor sets the tone for your relationship with your job. If your supervisor is cool, it could be a great job for you even if it isn’t your dream job. If your supervisor is a jerk, it won’t matter how much you like the work on your desk — you’re probably going to hate the job, anyway. Your manager is the person who can give you pay raises or keep you stuck at your current pay rate. Your manager can fire you or recommend you for a promotion.

The power your manager holds over you, your employment security and your career path makes your direct boss the most important person in your working life for as long as you have your job. Liz Ryan Contributor I write about bringing life to work and bringing work to life. Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. The unequal power relationship between a manager and their subordinate is one of the most dysfunctional features of traditional employment. It is ridiculous that new supervisors are promoted with little thought, given little to no training and then put in charge of other people, but it happens every day. It is not healthy for you to need one person — your manager — to approve of your every move! Working people can easily begin to shift their words and actions in order to please (or try to please) their boss — and hurt themselves in the process.

A person who feels a lot of pressure to keep a difficult boss happy may not even be aware of the degree to which they bend themselves into pretzel shapes to accommodate their manager. This is a very bad thing to do — but most of us have done it! Subscribe To The Forbes Careers Newsletter Sign up here to get top career advice delivered straight to your inbox every week. Pay attention the next time you’re having lunch or coffee with your friend and your friend gets a phone call from their boss. The minute your friend starts talking to their boss, their voice changes. We unconsciously shift our behaviors to match what we think our boss wants to see and hear from us. In the process we give up something very valuable — namely control over our own minds and bodies! I hope you have a manager who trusts you and whom you can trust. You deserve to work for a manager who doesn’t expect or require you to behave any differently at work than you do anywhere else. You deserve to work for someone who wants to see the real you at work, not a fake, subservient version of you — but many of us are not that lucky.

There are plenty of poorly­equipped managers around. One of the biggest problems in the working world is the level of fear in many workplaces. Employees skulk around trying to stay out of trouble rather than having fun solving thorny problems with other smart people. That is the way work should be — creative, warm and human! Sadly, it is easier to find fear­based workplaces than healthy, trust­based ones. If you can’t trust your manager, you can’t grow your flame. You can’t speak with your own voice, for fear that your boss won’t like it. If you are in that situation, it’s time to start thinking about your next career move. If you aren’t sure whether or not your manager is trustworthy, here are five unmistakable signs they aren’t.

1. If your manager complains to you about your fellow employees or higher­up managers, they are not trustworthy. Anyone who will gossip to you will just as easily gossip about you.

2. If your manager is obsessed with “face time” in the workplace and pays close attention to employees’ arrival and departure times, they are not trustworthy. A manager for whom “face time” is more important than actual results is a manager mired in fear, and a person in fear cannot be trusted because their fear will make them do things that a confident person would never do — like throw employees under the bus to save themselves.

3. If your manager is afraid of higher­up managers, they are not trustworthy. My friend Laura worked for a manager like that. Laura’s manager Denise told her “I’m your biggest supporter, Laura. You let me know what you need, and I’ll go the division VP and get it.” That sounded great, but Laura didn’t believe Denise. Laura said “Denise says all the right things but when she’s under pressure, she becomes a This article is available online at: 2017 Forbes.com LLC™ All Rights Reserved different person. She would stab me in the back in a heartbeat to avoid looking bad with the VP — and I know that because she’s done it before!”

4. If your manager needs to find someone to blame whenever something goes wrong, they are not worthy of your trust. Many managers have this problem. They cannot handle the pressure of being accountable for their department. When something goes wrong, they must find a scapegoat. They yell at the scapegoat or write them up to get rid of the stress they feel over the mishap. No matter how friendly your manager is when he or she is not experiencing stress, you cannot assume that you can trust them when their stress level increases!

5. If your boss is obsessed with targets and metrics, you cannot trust them. Yardsticks are only one part of a healthy management structure. Managers who care too much about hitting every goal, every day do not have the backbone to lead through trust. That is the only kind of manager worthy of your talents! If you cannot trust your manager, don’t panic. You don’t have to start a job search tomorrow, but you can begin to think about what you want and need in a job that you aren’t getting now. You can take your time, and launch a stealth job search when you feel ready. Your muscles will begin growing the moment you turn your attention away from pleasing your undeserving boss and start focusing on pleasing yourself!

 

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Never Give Up Your Salary Details — Do This, Instead

It  is wonderful to see job-seekers waking up to realize they have more power in the hiring equation than they thought they did.

Employers can’t grow their businesses without great employees on board.

Job-seekers need to know that there are lots of badly-managed organizations that treat job-seekers like dirt. Almost everyone has run into one of those organizations at some point.

The faster you run away from organizations (and recruiters) who treat you badly, the sooner you’ll find the right people to collaborate with!

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Don’t give up your current or past salary details just because someone asks you to. What you get paid now and what you got paid at every job you’ve ever held is your personal information — and nobody else’s business.

Recruiters will ask for your salary  history and so will employers. If you run into the question “What did your past jobs pay?” on an online job application, here’s how to handle it.

Here is Frank on the phone with a recruiter who contacted Frank about a job opportunity the recruiter is trying to fill.

Recruiter: So Frank, what are you earning now?

Frank: I’m looking to earn at least $70K in my next job. If  the opportunity you contacted me about pays at least $70K then it could be a match. Is this job opportunity in that range?

Recruiter: I have a number of different job opportunities that could be a fit. That’s why I want to know your current salary, Frank.

Frank:  My salary target is $70K so that’s a good starting point. We’ve talked about my background and now you know my salary target. You haven’t shared any salary-range information with me, so let’s level the field. Is one of these jobs you called me about in the $70K range?

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Recruiter: A couple of them are. The thing is, Frank, if you tell me your current salary I can tell you whether or not you’re being paid fairly now.

Frank: You don’t need to know my salary to make that assessment. You know my job description and my background. I’ve  walked you through my 2016 accomplishments and my 2017 goals. You can tell me right now what you think I  should be paid for the job I’m in. What would you say a guy like me should be earning for this kind of work?

Recruiter: You see, Frank, my clients expect me to bring  them candidates with the candidate’s full salary history.

Frank: Wow — that is a shame. I really need to partner with a recruiter who has a more consultative relationship with their clients. If you follow orders from your clients rather than advising them on recruiting best practices — including the best practice of respecting a candidate’s privacy around their salary details — then how can I have confidence in you representing me?

Recruiter: That’s not fair, Frank. If I don’t give my clients what they ask for, they’ll work with someone else.

Frank: That is what’s  known as a commodity — something that is easily replaced. I wish you all the best in shifting your client relationships over time so that you are trusted adviser to your clients rather than an easily-replaceable commodity. I have confidence that you can engineer that process, but I won’t enable you in your fear of a client’s anger by giving you information — my salary history — that you don’t need.

Recruiter: You have a great background, Frank. I’m practically begging you here — just give me a range!

Frank: You haven’t given me a range! I asked you what would be a fair salary for a guy like me in a job like mine, and you changed the subject. It’s not a good match. I wish you all the best!

End of Script

Here is Frank on another call with a different recruiter:

Recruiter: So Frank, what are you earning now?

Frank: My salary target is $70K. Is that in line with the opportunity you have on your desk?

Recruiter: It is. They can go up to about $75K.

Frank: Okay,  great — then it makes sense for us to keep talking. What can you tell me about the job?

End of Script

The second recruiter may well have been asked by his or her client to collect every candidate’s salary history, but the second recruiter was smarter than the first one — or perhaps less fearful.

The second recruiter realized that in recruiting, it is easy to win the battle and lose the war.

The first recruiter let talented Frank slip away because they were too afraid of their client to tell them that Frank wouldn’t report his salary details.

The first recruiter failed in their duty to their client, because the client needs a talented person with Frank’s background.

The client also needs its third-party recruiters to be honest with them and tell them that it’s not cool to ask candidates for their salary details anymore — but the first recruiter was afraid to pass on that news!

We can only feel sorry for recruiters who fear their clients so much that they trample on candidates’ boundaries in their zeal to make their clients happy.

We can feel sorry for them — but you don’t have time and energy to waste on them!

Say “See ya!” to recruiters who push you for your salary details once you’ve made it clear that your financial information is nobody’s business but yours.

There are tons of recruiters in the world — hold out for the ones that deserve you!

 

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How to make the perfect smoothie

By Cassie Best –

Mango & passion fruit smoothie

A vitamin-packed smoothie is a great way to start the day, or works as the perfect afternoon pick-me-up. Cassie Best shares her top tips on how to make your smoothies delicious and nutritious every time.

Mango & banana smoothiesGetting your ratios right

Start your smoothie with two mugs full of a liquid base. This can be milk, or a dairy-free alternative such as soya or almond milk, natural or flavoured yogurt, fruit juice, or for a tropical flavoured smoothie, low-fat coconut milk or coconut water. It’s important to add the liquid to your blender before adding the fruit as this will prevent the blade from getting damaged.

Next add about three quarters of a mug of your chosen fruit. Banana is a great base flavour for any smoothie, and will give you a lovely creamy texture. Other fruits that work well are berries, mango, peaches, plums, nectarines, grated apple or pear, and melon. You may have to add more fruit or liquid, depending on the type of fruit you choose. Play around until you have a texture you like. Add a squeeze of honey, maple syrup or agave syrup if your smoothie needs it and finally add a few ice cubes to the blender for a thick and frosty smoothie.

Mango & banana smoothie

Super berry smoothieFreeze your fruit

If you want to make smoothies regularly, it’s a great idea to stash some fruit in the freezer. Not only will they retain their nutritional value and flavour, they will instantly chill your smoothie, so no need to add ice. Before your bananas have a chance to turn brown in the fruit bowl, peel and slice them, then freeze on a sheet of baking parchment on a tray until solid. You can then store in sandwich bags and throw into your blender whenever you need them. Even fruits that don’t usually freeze well, like strawberries and melon, are ok to freeze if you’re using them in a smoothie. Most supermarkets now sell frozen smoothie packs, which are often great value and give you a good mixture of fruit.

Super berry smoothie

Banana, honey & hazelnut smoothie
Get creative

Once you’ve mastered the basics, try adding different flavours to your basic recipe. Add a spoonful of cocoa powder, cinnamon, grated nutmeg or vanilla essence before blending, or give your smoothie some texture with a sprinkle of flaxseeds, toasted chopped nuts or whole oats. Not only will it taste great but it will keep you fuller for longer too.

Banana, honey & hazelnut smoothie

Bump up the goodness

If you haven’t tried a smoothie made from a mixture of fruit and vegetables before, you may be surprised by the flavour. The sweetness of fruit blends well with lots of vegetables and makes for a delicious and super-nutritious drink. Try making a green detox smoothie with coconut water, grated apple, kiwi, banana and spinach. Other vegetables which work well are grated beetroot or carrot, kale, tomatoes and avocados.

Forest fruits & banana smoothieIf you’re having a smoothie for breakfast or lunch, make it a more rounded meal by adding some protein. A spoonful of protein powder, peanut or other nut butter, or some tofu will blend well with your smoothie and give you an essential protein boost. Contrary to what you may have seen in Rocky, raw eggs are not a good option as we absorb the protein in eggs much better when they are cooked.

Forest fruit & banana smoothie

 

Are you a fan of a smoothie? What do you put in yours? Get some inspiration from our collection of smoothie recipes

 

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