If you’re a health fanatic, smoothies have to be an essential part of your daily diet. Think about it, they are the easiest way to load up on all the fruits and veggies and get all essential nutrients you need to stay healthy and feel energetic.
It’s no surprise that all the leading food chains of the world serve smoothies, but beware that not all smoothies are healthy. Sugar-loaded smoothies pack up nothing but harmful additives, artificial flavors and an awful load of unwanted calories.
If you want to make a healthy and energetic pick-me-up beverage, all you need is a heavy-duty blender and a variety of delicious fruits, seeds, nuts and dairy products. It costs a lot less and you have complete control over what goes inside your body.
We’ve picked out some powerful immunity-boosting and disease-fighting recipes that are packed up with protein, yogurt, fruits, milk, and other nutrient-packed ingredient to help you cut down unwanted fat and boost your health gains.
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Some recipes also contain fruit juice concentrates and honey for a natural dose of sweetener, but if you’re trying to avoid sugar, it’s probably best if you eliminate artificial flavors and added sugars from your diet. We’ve rounded up some of the most refreshing smoothies and recipes that you will grow to love. Here, take a look:
1. Banana Ginger Smoothie
This is hands down the best smoothie to invigorate your body with the nutrient goodness of fresh ginger, which fights off the symptoms of various ailments, including tummy troubles, nausea, indigestion and heartburn amongst others. This recipe packs up an impressive 5 grams of protein, 1.5 gram of fiber, 34 gram carbs and only 28 gram sugars.
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 tablespoon honey
- ½ teaspoon freshly grated ginger
- 6 oz. fat-free vanilla yogurt
Toss in the bananas, ginger, honey and yogurt into the blender and blend in the ingredients until they form a smooth mixture.
2. Apricot-Mango Madness
This tangy delight packs up the invigorating freshness of lemon juice with a sweet concoction of apricots and mangoes. It is brimming with 7 grams of protein and 6 grams of fiber, at the cost of a mere 53 grams of carb and 45.5 gram of sugars per serving.
- 2 cups of chopped, peeled and pitted apricots
- 2 ripe mangoes
- 4 teaspoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 cup fat-free milk or fat-free plain yogurt
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
- Lemon peel twists
- 8 ice cubes (crushed)
Toss in the apricots, mangoes, lemon juice, vanilla extract along with the milk or yogurt into the blender, and blend the ingredients for at least 10 seconds. Now, toss in the crushed ice and process for another 10 seconds. This recipe creates two servings, so pour out the contents into two tall glasses and use the lemon twists to garnish the smoothie.
3. Berry Good Workout Smoothie
Power your workout sessions with the energetic punch of berry and organic kale powder, the perfect smoothie to brim you up with heaps of nutrients. One serving will brim you up with an extra dose of calcium, 2 grams of protein and a whopping 6 grams of fiber.
- 1 ½ cup frozen strawberries
- 1 cup blueberries
- 1 teaspoon organic kale powder
- Half cup raspberries
- 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
- Half cup crushed ice cubes
- 2 tablespoons honey
Toss in all the ingredients into the blender and process until the texture is smooth and creamy.