Blended fruits and vegetables, more popular under the term smoothies, have been a real hit for over two decades. Becoming increasingly famous especially in the 1990s, smoothie drinks are not only colourful and tasty, but also beneficial for the health, are quick and easy to make, excellent for weight loss, detoxification of the body, for gaining of energy and empowerment, for improving digestion and the immune system and .. the list does not finish here.
However, the aim of this text would not be to discuss the benefits why you need to consume healthy smoothies, but to present you five interesting smoothie recipes, each of them with different ingredients and colour, and certainly unique positive influence on you health.
Here is the list of top 5 smoothies which will improve your daily routine.
Skin beautifier smoothie
This smoothie is rich in ingredients which are healthy for the body and smoothen the skin. For preparation of this recipe you need the following:
- 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
- 1 avocado
- ½ cup raspberries
- ½ cup blackberries
- 1 cup cherries
- 1 cup yoghurt
- few ice cubes
It is certainly true that beauty products rule the market, but a fact that cannot be denied is that fruits are nature’s most valuable beauty enhancers. All types of berries, including the raspberries and blackberries are great for overall health. The antioxidants in these berries can do wonders for rejuvenating your skin, since antioxidants produce collagen which keeps the skin smooth, at the same time preventing it from aging by fighting off free radical damage.
Furthermore, one of the main avocado skin benefits comes from their high oleic acid content. This monounsaturated fatty acid maintains moisture in the epidermal layer of your skin, helping it to stay soft and hydrated. Therefore, a diet rich in avocado is good for the skin, especially the face, in the way its fatty acids moisturize and soften skin cells. When avocado is part of the daily diet, we are giving the body a lot of skin protecting antioxidants, including vitamins E and C, as well as beta-carotene. These prevent the appearance of wrinkles and and have anti-aging role.
So, do you want an ever-young skin? Mix the abovementioned ingredients, enjoy the benefits of the young looking and smooth skin and the taste and beautiful colour of this skin beautifier smoothie.
Lemon and celery smoothie for weight loss
Celery and lemon make a perfect couple when it comes to stimulating digestion and burning fat deposits. The combination of these two is especially advisable after eating foods that irritate the digestive tract since they maintain its proper functioning.
Therefore, we recommend smoothie containing these two ingredients, complemented with several others which will make the perfect combination for stimulating weight loss.
In order to prepare it, you need the following ingredients:
- 2 stems / stalks chopped celery
- 1/2 cucumber, cut into pieces
- 1 apple, cut into pieces
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 teaspoon sugar / stevia
- 1/2 squeezed lemon
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
Not only is this combination low in calories, but it is also rich in vitamins (vitamin C, A, B, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium), citric acid, amino acids, minerals and fiber. Furthermore, since celery is made of more than 95 percent of water, it eliminates toxins, hydrates and cleanses at the same time and is easily digested. Celery also regulates cholesterol, accelerates digestion, improves circulation and eliminates infections and toxins.
Also, when preparing this drink, instead of sugar, try using stevia, a sugar substitute which does not add calories and is a much healthier ingredient.
Enjoy your low calorie, healthy and green coloured drink!
Sweet and green smoothie for more energy
Are you a great fan of banana, honey and cinnamon? Do you need a recipe so that you can prepare them differently, mixed with other healthy nutrients? If the answers are yes, then we have the best drink for you. It will make you feel both energized and healthy. For preparation of this drink, you need the following products:
- 1 cup of milk
- 1 banana
- 1 small broccoli (without handles)
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon honey
This smoothie is creamy, green and healthy, plus it tastes so delicious. As it is well-known, bananas contain potassium, fiber and vitamin C, which make them perfect for children. They help you fall asleep more easily, strengthen the immune system and help to keep calcium in the body. If perhaps you are not a great fan of broccoli, do not get disturbed by the fact that this drink has it in its composition. It is undoubtedly correct that broccoli can be sometimes bitter. However, it takes the sweetness from the banana and the honey. Second, this vegetable has amazing antioxidant benefits; furthermore about twice the daily recommended amount of vitamin C and half of vitamin A. It is also rich in calcium, iron, fiber, zinc, magnesium, phosphorous and potassium and is a great substitute of spinach and kale. Do you need a benefit more? Broccoli does wonders when it comes to lessening the influence of allergy related substances in the body, plus it has a huge influence on our detoxification system. Haven’t tasted it yet? Well, it’s about time!
Smoothie for complete relaxation
Does this busy way of life make you feel stress most of the time? Simple, fast and easy to prepare is the smoothie that will contribute to your relaxation mood, with the following combination of ingredients:
- 1 banana
- 1 pinch grated nutmeg
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 handful almonds
- 1 cup of vanilla yogurt
- 1 cup of chamomile tea
Herbal components, including chamomile tea, promote relaxation, help calm sore stomachs and have anti-inflammatory impact. Chamomile has long been known as a relaxing, calming herb and chamomile contains substances that affect the same parts of the brain that anti-anxiety drugs do.
Bananas also contain an amino acid which converts to serotonin, the happiness hormone and are rich in the B-complex vitamins, also known to have a calming effect on the nervous system. Nutmeg is rejuvenating, and is also known for its calming properties.
Chocolate detox smoothie
Do you need detoxification of your body? Then, we will offer you the right recipe for a tasty, chocolate, detox smoothie. Being rich in antioxidants, this drink will give you energy for the day and will provide the necessary dose of electrolytes. Here is what you need for its preparation:
- 1 handful of spinach
- 2 tablespoons cocoa
- ½ cup coconut flakes
- 3 leaves mint
- ½ cup strawberries
- ¼ tablespoon cinnamon
- 1 cup almond milk
- coconut water
The spinach will provide a large amount of nutrients. Its leaves are rich in peptides, which help in lowering blood pressure, as well as phytonutrients, which help in the fight against cancer. Spinach also has molecules of the vitamin K to help maintaining the bone strength. The small leaves of the mint, on the other hand, will not only refresh your breath, but are good for digestion. They facilitate the process of digestion, inflammation, dizziness and headache. Some research has shown that mint is beneficial for patients with asthma. The benefit of the strawberries? These small sweet fruits are rich in phenols which protect the heart, fight against cancer and have anti-inflammatory impact. As a result of their rich flavor, strawberries can be combined with many different others, making them a perfect ingredient for any smoothie.
So.. did you choose your favourite? Did you make the choice in accordance with your needs and health condition or your favourite taste? Whichever of these two is the reason, grab the glass full of healthy nutrients and enjoy your colourful and tasty drink. Cheers!