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!
At only fifteen grams net carbohydrates per serving, this smoothie satisfies your sweet cravings while providing blood sugar balancing soy protein to satisfy your hunger. Use this smoothie as part of your weight loss plan or simply as a satisfying, guilt-free dessert. For a milder flavor, use less cantaloupe and more watermelon. Melon and berries are low carbohydrate fruits. Spinach is a super green vegetable that has a place in any smoothie recipe you can throw it into. Very few people eat enough green vegetables, so fit them into almost any fruit smoothie, and although the color may not always be the most appealing, the taste is amazing.
Protein keeps blood sugar steady by slowing down digestion and absorption of sugar. This blood sugar balancing effect makes you feel satisfied longer, while a high carbohydrate meal or snack can cause a rapid rise in blood sugar and then a reactionary drop later. When blood sugar drops, you crave carbohydrates again. So break this cycle by drinking this blood sugar balancing smoothie. Cinnamon may contribute to lower fasting blood sugar, lower cholesterol levels, and it also may prevent inflammation. Spinach and carrots are very low in carbohydrates and add a negligible amount of natural sugar to this smoothie recipe.
When the body’s pH balance leans toward the acidic both inflammation and chronic health conditions such as arthritis may develop. Some foods have the tendency to neutralize acid or have an alkaline effect after they have been digested. These are the "alkaline ash" foods. Every ingredient in this smoothie recipe has an alkaline effect on the body’s pH (except for the ice cubes, which may be neutral to slightly acidic). In addition, this smoothie contains green vegetables that are high in potassium, as well as flax seeds that provide healthy fats for heart health. Counteract excess acid from eating meats and grains as well as excess stomach acid while enjoying this creamy, green, health-giving smoothie.
This smoothie recipe proves that you can throw almost any type of fruit together in a smoothie for a sweet and yummy treat. Just make sure to use some frozen fruit or add ice cubes to make it cold. Kids love this smoothie because it is sweet and named after a super hero. Coming up with kid-friendly names for foods or creative ways to present them can make all the difference in whether kids will try them or not. So if you want to call this one “Barbie’s Tropical Smoothie” to appeal to your little princess, go for it!
This amazingly flavorful smoothie recipe can been used as an antacid due to the tendency of buttermilk to neutralize stomach acids through its alkalizing effect on the body. Pomegranates are rich in antioxidants as well as dietary fiber. So fight free radicals and give your digestive system a makeover while enjoying this heavenly combination of flavors. You will be amazed at the effect buttermilk has on the flavors of the fruit. You feel like you are drinking a rich, creamy dessert without adding any refined sugars. The pomegranate seeds grind right up in the blender providing almost 5 grams of dietary fiber per serving.
Make your own healthy lemon-lime soda smoothie! Lemon and lime juice are acidic when they go in but actually have an alkalizing effect on the body’s pH after digestion. Melons are full of juice with the right balance of electrolytes and nutrients to hydrate your cells perfectly. Watermelon is also one of the few fruits containing lycopene, a super antioxidant. This smoothie is refreshing in the summer or just after a strenuous workout and is high in vitamins A and C. At only 77 calories per serving, this smoothie recipe is the ideal replacement for lemon-lime soda, which, in a 12 oz serving, provides no nutritional value but contains 100 calories.
After an intense workout, you need to restore electrolyte balance, your muscles need to recover from exertion and tearing, and you must also replace your muscle glycogen stores. Muscle glycogen is basically sugar that is stored near the muscles for quick energy when muscles are being exerted. The perfect post-workout beverage should include carbohydrates, sodium, potassium and protein. Hence, the Post-Workout Recovery Smoothie! Enjoy the classic pina colada blend with an egg protein twist. You do not even notice the flavor of the egg protein. This is a purely tropical tasting smoothie that is perfect for cooling off after working up a sweat.
Here is a great use for leftover oatmeal. Throw it in a quick smoothie that you can take with you on your commute to work or school. The whole grain oats and high protein content will make you feel satisfied until even a late afternoon lunch. Keep your gastrointestinal tract healthy with probiotics while stocking up your bones with calcium from milk. Egg protein is the most perfect protein providing all the essential amino acids needed to keep muscles strong. This smoothie recipe tastes great and provides all the components of a balanced breakfast.
This holiday-inspired smoothie recipe can be served all year round with its refreshing citrus overtones. Bathe your cells in healthy vitamin A, and keep your digestive tract flowing smoothly with this high fiber, brightly colored smoothie. You will not be able to control your craving for this one after you make it for the first time. Pure pumpkin combined with fresh carrots light up the room and your day with a bright orange hue! If you have oranges in refrigerator that are high in pulp and not very tasty to eat, juice them and use that fresh juice for this recipe. Or you could try throwing the entire orange in – minus the skin and seeds.
Yummy! This smoothie recipe tastes like fresh green vegetables out of the garden. Why cover up that awesome flavor with too much sweet fruit or juice? The parsley gives the smoothie a fresh, almost savory taste. One serving of this smoothie is only 120 calories. It is high in at least 10 important nutrients, including fiber and iron. The fact that the leaves are ground up may increase the absorption of the iron from the fibrous leaves of the spinach and kale. The high vitamin C content provides an acidic environment for iron to be absorbed in the body.