6 hacks for healthier milkshakes and smoothies

Published 20 April, 2022

With the sun coming out and the temperatures creeping up, we’re craving one thing at the moment: ice-cold drinks! Milkshakes and smoothies are the perfect summer refreshments - they’re hydrating, filling, and offer up endless flavour combos.

But watch out - not all shakes are created equal, and the ones you’ll find in chain restaurants are often packed with sugar and can contain more calories than your lunch or dinner. Instead, your best bet for a healthy, nourishing shake is to go down the DIY route and get blitzing!

Need some tips to get started? Check out these clever hacks and swaps for creating better-for-you drinks without compromising on taste.

1. Swap ice-cream for frozen banana

Rather than throw away your overripe bananas, chop them up, put them in the freezer, and use them as the base for your next smoothie. Their creamy texture provides the perfect alternative to ice-cream, for a fraction of the sugar, fat or calories.

2. Throw in a handful of spinach

A spinach smoothie might not sound particularly appetizing, but trust us - when it’s blitzed together with other ingredients, you won’t even notice it’s there. But you will get all the benefits of this nutrient-packed powerhouse - plus a colourful green drink to boot!

3. Incorporate your favourite nut butter

If you’re not adding nut butter to your smoothies, you’re doing it all wrong. A spoonful of peanut or almond butter provides a healthy dose of fibre and unsaturated fat, which will keep you feeling fuller for longer. Plus it will make your drink feel just that little bit more indulgent!

4. Add a dollop of Greek yogurt

Greek yogurt is packed with protein, and even a spoonful will go a long way towards upping the protein count of your drink. It’s best to stick to plain or natural yogurt rather than opting for the flavoured varieties, which can be laden with sugar or sweeteners.

5. Experiment with protein powder

Another easy way to add protein to your shakes and smoothies is to add a scoop of protein powder. We're partial to this WW cacao protein booster - it's made from vegetable protein, including hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds, linseeds and sunflower seeds, and doesn't contain any added sugar or artificial flavourings.

6. Go wild with toppings

Wondering why smoothie bowls are all the rage at the moment? One word: toppings! By pouring your smoothie or shake into a bowl, you can add all the extras you like. Top with berries for some fruity goodness or add nuts, seeds or a spoonful of granola for a bit of crunch.

Filling smoothie bowls

Put your smoothie in a bowl for the ultimate healthy snack