Healthy smoothies are underrated in this part of the world but that does not make them any less necessary. Besides being tasty and nutritious, healthy smoothies ease digestion, detoxify the system, strengthens your immune system, and is also capable of energizing and rebuilding the body. Smoothies can be had any time you feel like but they are most effective in the mornings, especially when you feel mentally and physically stressed out.
Smoothies have therapeutic effects on the human body, both psychologically and medically. A decent dose of a healthy smoothie is indeed capable of taking you from gloom to bloom, as well as reinvigorate your system.
Making Healthy Smoothies
To make these healthy smoothies, you have to stock up your kitchen with the fruits and vegetables you’ll need, and also get a blender. Different kinds of smoothies can be made with different kinds of fruits and vegetables, but we have compiled a few to get you started. Feel free to tweak the recipes to suit your needs.
Coconut Kale Smoothie
Coconut is an absolute favorite in smoothies and health drinks; besides being yummy, the milk contains lauric acid, antimicrobial lipids, and capric acid, which have antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties. When combined with the fibrous and proteinous Kale, your immune system is bound to kick ass. We are not forgetting the skin benefits of coconut which you are bound to experience from an adequate intake of this coconut smoothie.
- 1 banana, peeled
- 1 orange, peeled and deseeded
- 1 medium carrot, chopped
- 3 cups curly kale, stems removed
- 8 ounces unsweetened coconut milk
Due to the bitterness of Kale, the other fruits are added to make it less bitter. If you don’t mind the bitterness, you can always omit the rest.
Mango Avocado and Lime
Mangos are known to improve eye health, lower cholesterol, and fight diabetes. Let us also not forget that avocado is a good source of antioxidants that help in fighting cancer and heart diseases. Combined with the vitamin-rich Avocado and the lime which helps cure a lot of ailments, you can drink this slightly tangy smoothie knowing your system will thank you for it. To make this;
- 1 sliced avocado
- 1 cup sliced mango
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- 1 tablespoon fresh mint (optional)
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 2 cups crushed ice
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Kale Spinach and pear
Our list of healthy smoothies will not be complete without the mention of a green smoothie. Green veggies are good sources of a wide range of nutrients essential to the health of the human body. Not only are they good for the skin, green veggies which contain a lot of fiber, aid digestion, give energy and ensures the smooth running of the body systems.
Spinach and Kale are rich in vitamins and minerals, especially iron. Combined with the pear which is one of the highest fiber foods and you can be sure you are far from any indigestion complains
- 1/2 a cucumber, peeled and sliced
- 1 stalk of celery
- 1 handful of kale
- 1 apple, peeled and sliced
- 1 pear, peeled and sliced
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
Juice all of the ingredients in order, ending with the lemon juice. If you find that the juice is too thick, pour a bit of water into your juicer to get the last bits of goodness out, and dilute the end product.
Strawberry, Banana, Coconut Smoothie
This may be every child’s favorite seeing as it has no bitter ingredient. The tanginess of the strawberry and sweetness of the banana and coconut milk makes a very tasty combination. It is not just going to be tasty but very nutritious when you have a taste. Strawberries are very rich in antioxidants and polyphenols and are good boosters of immunity. And of course, there is the banana, so sweet and highly nutritious. Banana contains potassium which is very good for the heart. To make this smoothie, all you’ll need are.
- 1/2 cup low-fat coconut milk
- 10 fresh strawberries (or 1 cup frozen strawberries)
- 1 banana
- 1/2 cup of your favorite milk
- 1 handful of ice
Combine all ingredients in your blender and blend.
Avocado And Banana
This smoothie is the perfect combination of sweetness and creaminess. Both fruits have immense health benefits, ranging from cancer prevention to anti-aging benefits.
- 1 large banana, sliced, frozen
- 1 large orange, peeled, sectioned
- 1 avocado, halved, pitted, peeled
- 4 cups torn chard leaves, stems removed
- 2 cups cold water
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