Read on to see 5 of our favorite healthy smoothies recipes to see which one is right for you:
1. You need to eat more vegetables
Add kale, spinach, chard, cabbage, cucumber, or a teaspoon of greens powder to your smoothie to increase your vegetable count for the day (and before 9 a.m., at a minimum). This green pear smoothie has a handful of spinach that is not only good for the digestive tract, but spinach has also been shown to help relaxation. Buy it in bulk and store it in the freezer for a cost effective addition to any recipe.
- 1 cup packed spinach leaves
- 1 cup packed kale leaves
- 1 green apple, cored and diced
- 1/2 lemon juice
- 1/2 cucumber
- 1/2 teaspoon raw honey
- 1/2 cup water
2. You're starving an hour after starting work.
We are great advocates of eating fruits and vegetables, but without protein your hunger will only be satisfied for so long. Whey protein has been shown to keep insulin levels under control and whether you opt for a vegan version, or a dairy-free version, there are a number of powders on the market that contain a big hit of protein without the unwanted calories. Find out how to make your perfect protein-rich smoothie here.
- 1 ripe banana
- 1/3 of a cup of strawberries
- 1/3 of a cup of blueberries
- 1/2 a cup of kale leaves (remove the hard parts of the stalks)
- 1/4 of a cup of almond milk or water
- 1 tablespoon of ground flax seed
- 1 tablespoon of whey protein (or your favorite protein powder)
- 1 tablespoon of chia seeds
- 1 tablespoon of acai
3. Need a Brain Stimulus
Whether you're dazed in the morning or need to turn on for an early morning meeting, blueberries have been shown to improve cognitive function. Rich in antioxidants and phytochemicals, smoothies made with berries (raspberries and strawberries also apply here!) Can make you look and feel younger too! This cranberry smoothie is combined with nuts that contain essential fatty acids to help you forget less and stay alert all day long.
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1/4 cup raw old fashioned oats
- 1 cup blueberries
- 1/4 cup greek yogurt
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 2 tablespoons chopped walnuts
- 4 ice cubes
4. You're on a low-calorie diet
With less than 150 calories per serving, our test kitchen is perfect if you're trying to lose weight. Rich in calcium and protein (thanks to yogurt) this smoothie also works to aid digestion thanks to the known digestive enzymes of papaya. Avoid store-bought versions of this smoothie that can have more than 500 calories per serving!
- 1 cup Coconut Water
- 1 cup papaya fresh
- 1/2 cup Plain Nonfat Greek Yogurt
- 1/2 banana frozen
- 1/2 cup ice
5. Want to be more alkaline
If you are lethargic, in a bad mood, in poor health, or with a sense of toxicity, your body may be in an acid state. Our body's healthy pH (hydrogen potential) level is seven, so any higher or lower level will have important effects on the body and health. Eating breakfast every day is one of the main recommendations when it comes to rebalancing your body's pH, and this alkalinizing smoothie is the perfect combination. Filled with fruits and vegetables, this recipe will help counteract the effects of stress, alcohol consumption and bad sleep habits that often lead to high acid levels.
- 1 avocado, peeled and pitted
- 1 cup raw almond milk
- Juice of 1 lemon
- A few leaves of kale
- A few mint leaves
- A few cucumber slices
- Pinch of cinnamon
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