Anyone who owns a blender can make a smoothie. If properly made, smoothies can turn into a potent concoction that will boost your health, nourish and energize your body and make you feel positive and satiated. Since blending food breaks the molecules of fruits and veggies, it releases more flavors and nutrients while it makes it easy to absorb. To make a healing potion out of a simple smoothie, one should make clever choices when it comes to ingredients. Right selection and amount of blended ingredients will lift up your mood and make your body healthy and strong.
Pour into the blender one cup of almond milk and then add a cup of fresh or frozen blueberries and a cup of raspberries. To enrich this smoothie with some folates, vitamin A, and vitamin K, throw in two cups of Romaine lettuce. If you prefer your smoothie cold and refreshing, add crushed ice with a spring of fresh mint. Mint will lift up the flavor and scent of the smoothie, while this lovely mixture will revitalize you and make you feel awake and fresh.
Wash, peel and remove tops from three large carrots and put it in the blender. Add one cup of unsweetened almond milk and one tablespoon of Greek yogurt. Cut a two-inch piece of peeled ginger and throw it in together with one tablespoon of honey. Blend it well and if you wish, add some crushed ice. This lovely antioxidant mixture will keep you full for a while it will provide you a dose of potassium vitamins, alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, fibers, and some carbs. Also, ginger is known for its numerous medicinal properties, so make sure to include it in your diet.
Mighty green smoothy
Cook a handful of red lentils in boiling water for 15 minutes. Pour ½ cup of almond milk and ½ cup of red lentils into a blender and add one cup of frozen green grapes, one cup of spinach and one teaspoon of honey. Blend it until creamy and enjoy this high-protein and a fibery smoothie. If it is going to be a long day, boost this mixture with some true protein to make sure that you are full for the big part of the day. Although it may seem unusual to put lentils in the smoothie, you will ensure a healthy kick of mighty plant-based protein.
Mix one peeled navel orange and ¼ cup of fat-free yogurt. Add two tablespoons of orange juice concentrate and, ¼ vanilla extract and few ice cubes. As for juice concentrate and vanilla extract, look for organic products and try to avoid ones with sugar or other artificial ingredients. Combine and process until creamy and enjoy this low-calorie, yet full of vitamin C smoothie. Refreshing and healthy, this orange smoothie is perfect for cooling down on hot summer days. Navel oranges, known as winter oranges, are the best choice for any smoothie since they are seedless and easy to peel.
Combine one cup of coconut water, ½ cup of peeled papaya, and one cup of peeled mango. Add few large leaves of Romaine lettuce and two sprigs of fresh mint. If you like cold smoothies, add some crushed ice and blend it until it gets the soft and creamy texture. This healthy combination will fuel you with a lot of much-needed vitamin C, folates, fibers, potassium, copper, magnesium and pantothenic acid (known as vitamin B5). Aside from being tasty, papaya and mango, if regularly consumed, can seriously boost your immune system, improve your health and looks since it has proven effects on skin, eyes, brain tissue, metabolism, etc.
Smoothies listed above are liquid health bombes that will provide you best possible nutrients and make you replenish your energy. However, these recipes are not a substitute for a meal since you need to have a proper and balanced diet, where smoothies come as a great addition. Also, keep in mind that drinking fresh smoothie is the best way to absorb all the flavors and nutrients, but if you need to store it in the fridge for later, make sure to use glass containers, for not longer than two days. Bottoms up!