Ready in just 5 minutes, these healthy smoothie recipes are easy and delicious! Drinking one a day is a simple way to improve your health and life!
I’ve been fighting a cold since last weekend (that was pretty and why I missed Tuesday) and have really only been craving junk food. And when I say junk food, I mean I ate chips for dinner on most nights. Not proud of it, but trying to survive here.
However, there must be a smart cell left inside my sick brain, because on Sunday I woke up and decided to make a green smoothie. Not coffee, smoothie! And I immediately felt better. I was cured. Okay, I wasn’t, but I felt really good and I’ve been having a smoothie again every single day. And I’m doing so much better now.
Recap: Smoothie + sleep = best thing you can do for your health.
Health Benefits Of Smoothies
Having a smoothie every day is a habit that has many health benefits. For example it can improve your gut health, skin health, reduce inflammation and oxidative stress in the body, nourish your immune system and it can also help you lose weight. All of this helps you prevent conditions like Alzheimer’s, cardiovascular disease and cancer. What it also does is delay the aging process, which is pretty awesome.
…But, Wait, There’s More
It’s not super obvious, but that daily smoothie can impact your life in many other ways as well. Because of the high amounts of fruit and vegetables inside, these drinks can boost your productivity, creativity, energy levels, your ability to think clear and your mood. You can read more on that here.
Are Smoothies Good For Weight Loss?
To answer the question: Yes, they can be. There are many reasons smoothies can help you lose weight. They’re filling, low in calories, high in fiber, antioxidant-rich and a great source of vitamin C, which is needed for fat oxidation in the cell.
You can see this study for more details, but long story short – not enough vitamin C = no burning fat.
Another important reason smoothies can help you slim down is that they also have anti-inflammatory properties. Research has found a strong connection between weight gain and chronic inflammation in the body. If you’re finding it difficult to lose weight when you’re eating less, chronic inflammation might be causing all the trouble and you need to reduce it. A great way to do so is by adopting an anti-inflammatory diet and drinking a healthy smoothie like the ones on this list is a great start.
How To Make A Smoothie Healthier?
Here are some ingredients you can add to your blender to make your smoothie so much healthier:
- leafy greens – kale, spinach, lettuce, nettle, purslane
- berries – blueberries, strawberries, raspberries
- nuts and nut butters – almond butter, cashew butter, walnut butter
- flax, chia or hemp seeds for omega-3’s
- turmeric, ginger, cinnamon – for their anti-inflammatory and anti-diabetic properties
- fresh herbs – for their anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties
- oats – to lower cholesterol and for prebiotics
Now that we got all of this out of the way, let’s get to the recipes!
Refreshing and nourishing, this green smoothie with cucumber, peaches, banana and ginger is hydrating, tasty and rich in antioxidants. Recipe here.
Tastes like strawberry cheesecake and has only 3 ingredients – strawberries, cashew and orange. Recipe here.
Easy anti-inflammatory smoothie with mixed berries, ginger, flaxseed and banana. Recipe here.
Who would’ve thought – kale can taste good in a smoothie. If it isn’t your thing though, you can still make this delicious snack with spinach. Recipe here.
Another no banana strawberry smoothie, this time made with peaches – use frozen berries and peaches for a creamier texture. Recipe here.
You only need 2 ingredients to make this paleo vegan breakfast smoothie – bananas and almonds. Recipe here.
Very refreshing, hydrating and easy. Recipe here.
If you’re sick of eating oatmeal for breakfast – try this oatmeal smoothie! It’s refreshing, filling and good source of prebiotics. Recipe here.
Simple, quick and easy, this vegan green smoothie has 6 ingredients and is energizing and tasty. Recipe here.
You only need 3 basic ingredients to make this delicious sweet snack – peaches, orange and yogurt. Exact recipe – here.