Last updated on July 7th, 2019 at 03:08 pm
Get your 8 servings of fruits and vegetables the easy way: by drinking smoothies! Ready in 5 minutes and loaded with fruits and vegetables, these delicious healthy smoothie recipes are refreshing as an energizing breakfast or snack!
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 healthy smoothie and nourish my immune system. Not coffee, smoothie! A green one. I immediately felt better. I was cured.
Okay, I wasn’t, but I felt that boost of energy and I’ve been having a smoothie again every single day, I’m doing so much better now.
Health Benefits Of Smoothies
Having a smoothie filled with fruits and vegetables every day is a habit that has many health benefits.
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 healthy 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
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.
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 Healthy Smoothie?
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, you can still make this delicious drink using spinach. Here’s the recipe:
A kale smoothie with banana and strawberries that is refreshing, full of antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, quick and healthy for breakfast or snack for when you’re low on energy! This detox green smoothie recipe is vegan, gluten-free and paleo.
- 1/2-1 cup kale, chopped
- 1/2 apple, medium, chopped
- 1/2 banana, chopped
- 2/3 cup frozen strawberries
- 1/2 – 1 cup almond milk
- 1 Tbsp almond butter
- 1 leaf lettuce, chopped
- 1/2 cucumber, chopped
- 1 tsp grated ginger
- Put all ingredients in your blender, add almond milk and blend until smooth. Adjust texture and thickness by adding almond milk gradually – I started with 1/2 cup and it was enough, but it could vary.
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 amazing healthy breakfast smoothie – bananas and almonds. Recipe here.
This green smoothie with kiwi is 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
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