Healthy Smoothie Recipes: Our healthy smoothie recipes are all optimized for their nutritional content including antioxidants, vitamins, and plant based phytochemicals. Eat one of these every day and you won't need a multi-vitamin!
100% pomegranate juice can sometimes be a little strong to drink on its own, but in this smoothie recipe it is combined with fruit and sherbet, and all you taste is the sweet goodness of antioxidant power. Pomegranates are known as super fruits because of the antioxidant content and studies have shown that they help blood flow and may help prevent and/or treat heart disease. When you add raspberries and blueberries (also high in antioxidants) to the mix, you have a cancer prevention cocktail. Enjoy this sweet smoothie recipe and allow yourself to reap the rewards of good health.
Inspired by Jamba Juice smoothies, this smoothie recipe uses sherbet to add sweetness while still retaining the healthful benefits of fresh, ripe fruit. Sherbet is a low-fat alternative to ice cream and also comes in a sugar free variety that tastes great in smoothie recipes. Strawberries are packed with antioxidants, and this smoothie provides two servings of strawberries in one smoothie. Strawberries are also high in vitamin C and have been shown to help keep blood sugar balanced even when eating other foods with added sugar. So go ahead and enjoy this treat without the guilt of consuming a milkshake.
Who needs ice cream when you can have a healthy and delicious frozen smoothie treat? Try this summer fun recipe and cool off while you satisfy your sweet tooth. It's easy to make a great tasting smoothie recipe by simply combining fresh and frozen fruits with fruit juices. Pineapple juice is especially sweet, and makes any smoothie taste like a sinful dessert. Frozen fruit keeps it cool, while fresh mango provides a succulent tropical twist. Get more than your recommended daily dose of antioxidants, fiber, potassium and vitamin A with our beautifully flavorful peach mango smoothie.
For a spicy cool treat, try this Italian-food-inspired smoothie recipe. Call this recipe the V-6 if you like, since it contains six healthy ingredients to rev up your day. Try this smoothie in the morning before work, and start your day off right. Use herbs in smoothies whenever possible! They almost always contain large amounts of super-nutrients in just a small portion. Oregano is an excellent source of vitamin K, a very good source of iron and calcium, and a good source of vitamin E and the amino acid tryptophan. Oregano has been shown to inhibit bacterial growth and is used in place of antibiotics by natural healers.
This refreshing smoothie recipe will satisfy your summer thirst. Drink it or eat it with a spoon like a cool minty frozen sorbet. Pears are an excellent source of fiber, especially the skin. The skin also contains flavonols and flavon-3-ols, antioxidants that may help prevent diabetes. If you use red-skinned pears, you are also getting a good dose of anthocyanins, a blue pigment that also may help keep blood sugar balanced. For smoothie recipes, it usually works best to remove the core, but there is also nutrition in the seeds and, with a high power blender, you can throw in the entire fruit.
Whether or not you are a sushi lover, you will love this green smoothie recipe containing seaweed. Seaweed is a source of iodine, an essential nutrient that many people may not be getting enough of, especially if you don't drink cow’s milk and generally avoid salt. Iodized salt is a good source of iodine, and sea salt may contain it as well, but not in a significant amount. Seaweed contains varying amounts of iodine, but generally contains more than any other commonly consumed foods. Asparagus has a slew of health benefits. For a spicy twist on this smoothie recipe, use pickled asparagus out of the jar in place of fresh, but rinse it first to reduce the amount of sodium.
Who needs high calorie bread to get the flavor and fiber of a scrumptious peanut butter and jelly sandwich? Try this smoothie recipe for a twist on an old stand-by. The peanut butter and grapes taste like peanut butter and grape jelly while the wheat germ adds a nutty, almost whole grain bread flavor. Vanilla yogurt gives you extra protein and calcium for a healthy alternative to a sandwich. This smoothie recipe provides about 40 less calories and 20% more calcium, 30% more vitamin C, and 5% more iron than a peanut butter and jelly sandwich on whole wheat bread.
A mildly sweet treat, this smoothie recipe will satisfy your hunger due to its high fiber content while supplying only 150 calories. Make sure to use a high quality blender that will easily pulverize the guava seeds. Guava seeds are an excellent source of insoluble fiber while apples are an excellent source of soluble fiber. Both types of fiber keep your digestive tract healthy by increasing bulk, but soluble fiber has the added benefit of surrounding cholesterol molecules and removing them from the body. This recipe provides almost half of the Institute of Medicine’s recommended fiber for the day.
This smoothie recipe will be the paleo-dieter’s delight! A beautiful green treat with the mild sweetness of guava, less than one serving of net carbohydrates, and 100 wee calories, the paleo smoothie will become your favorite snack. You will be amazed at how well the guava seeds grind up in the blender so that you do not miss out on the concentrated nutrition and fiber inside them. Rather than using milk or juice, which are not allowed on the paleo diet, water is added to thin out the recipe. Guava and tomatoes both contain lycopene, which has been shown to reduce the risk of prostate cancer.
The delicate flavor of lychee fruit blends perfectly with the sweetness of pineapple juice, which adds flavor to the soft tofu. If you cannot find fresh lychee, the canned variety works in smoothie recipes too. Make sure to remove the skin and the stone from the lychees before blending. Lychees are a good source of copper, and pineapple is a good source of manganese. Copper and manganese are both components of the superoxide dismutase enzyme. The SOD enzyme fights free radicals in the body, keeping you young and healthy. So enjoy this delicate smoothie recipe and know that you have discovered the fountain of youth.