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!
Acai berries are stocked with super antioxidants to prevent cancer and keep your cells functioning properly. Acai berries have been shown to contain more antioxidant power than other super berries such as blueberries and cranberries. It may be difficult to find whole acai berries, so this smoothie recipe calls for acai berry juice, which is readily available at the grocery store. Chia seeds also have been touted to provide a slew of health benefits, but it comes down to the old nutritionist’s adage that eating a variety of fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds will provide all the nutrients you need. So do not limit yourself to one type of berry or seed, and enjoy this acai berry smoothie recipe.
Our basil pesto smoothie recipe proves that you can combine flavors that you know are good together and come out with a delicious smoothie every time. It is fun to savor each sip of this smoothie and notice all the nuances of flavor. Try giving it to someone who does not know what is in it and ask them to try to name each ingredient. One sip might have a little more garlic flavor or a little more tartness, but all-in-all, this is a recipe bursting with flavor. If you like pesto, you know how it can make you eat more pasta than you should. With this healthy smoothie, you get all the flavor without all the calories.
The mango is called a stone fruit due to its hard, stone-like center. If you decide to use fresh mango for this smoothie recipe, make sure to peel it and cut the soft flesh away from the stony center and add a few ice cubes to make it cold. This is probably one of the most simple smoothie recipes to prepare and also one of the most refreshing! Orange fruits contain carotenoids, precursors to vitamin A, which provides retinal to help you see, and retinol to aid in reproductive system health in both men and women. So make sure to eat orange fruits at least once per week.
Yum! This smoothie tastes as good as it looks. There is no need to cook the beets prior to blending, but it is a good idea to scrub them with a vegetable brush under cool running water and to cut the ends off. Any time that vegetables are bright in color, it means that they are full of antioxidant power. The red pigment in beets comes from betalains, an antioxidant that protects your body from harmful free radicals. The longer beets are cooked, the more betalains are damaged and lost, so enjoy this smoothie recipe and get the full benefit of beets.
Asparagus contains a specific mix of amino acids that have been shown to alleviate symptoms of a hangover by helping the liver process alcohol. Kale is high in potassium, which helps the body’s electrolytes get back into balance. Carrots provide beta carotene and antioxidants to help liver cells function optimally. You could try using beets in place of carrots in this smoothie recipe for the same effect. Garlic has a liver cleansing effect. Milk thistle has long been known to the herbal community as a liver cleanser, and it may also help keep blood sugar balanced. Our hangover cure smoothie recipe will fix you right up after a crazy night!
Wheat grass can be purchased as a juice or powder, or you can grow it yourself and trim it to use in smoothie recipes and other dishes such as soup, salad or stir fry. It has been shown in studies to help heal ulcerative colitis, a severe inflammatory disease of the large intestine, specifically the colon. It has also been shown to protect cells during chemotherapy. Both wheat grass and green tea are chock full of antioxidants to rid your body of free radicals and protect your youth. This green smoothie recipe will be one of your favorites, and your body will thank you!
Spinach and kale are both super green vegetables that contain between them just about every identified vitamin and mineral, including large amounts of vitamin K, the vitamin responsible for proper clotting of the blood when the skin is injured. Fresh ground flax seeds provide a delicious nutty flavor that compliments the flavor of the greens, while also providing ALA, a precursor to omega-3 fatty acid, which keep blood flowing smoothly by reducing triglycerides. So, your entire circulatory system will benefit from this tasty green smoothie recipe. Apples and vanilla yogurt always add sweetness and texture to smoothie recipes, and this one is no exception.
This smoothie is full of antioxidant power, and it surprisingly tastes great with the combination of green vegetables, nutty flaxseeds, wheat germ, sweet apples and pineapple juice. The garlic adds another spicy dimension that has been called addictive! It is very high in vitamins A and C, which both protect the skin. It is very high in manganese, which has strong antioxidant properties in the body. Our cancer prevention smoothie recipe is also high in fiber to protect the colon, potassium to protect the heart, magnesium to protect the bones, and vitamin B6 to protect the nervous system. Feed all your body cells, and protect yourself against the cancer epidemic with a nutty yet sweet green smoothie.
Who does not love the taste of celery and peanut butter? Well now you can have it all in one delicious smoothie recipe. The yogurt gives the creamy feel of cream cheese – another good combo with celery. This smoothie recipe makes a great lunch for dieters with 238 calories and plenty of protein and healthy fats to make you feel satisfied for hours. Peanut butter is high in monounsaturated fatty acids and resveretrol, which are both thought to improve the ratio of HDL to LDL cholesterol, protecting you from cardiovascular disease. Your goal should be to reduce LDL cholesterol and to increase HDL cholesterol.
Tired of eating salads? Try drinking one instead with the Salad in a Glass Smoothie recipe. It is easy to get your daily greens by drinking a tasty smoothie. We all know that spinach is a super green vegetable, which can be eaten in lieu of a multivitamin, but romaine lettuce is packed with nutrients as well and has a much milder flavor when used in smoothie recipes. It is an excellent source of vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, and folate, and contains almost every other vitamin and mineral known to man (and most likely some that have not yet been identified). Surprisingly, romaine even contains omega-3 fatty acids and protein.