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Healthy Smoothie Recipes


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There are tons of people who are quickly turning to the use of their own home blenders and creating power smoothies for their workout journey! Why should you do the same? Well, let's just say that you will get tons of incredible benefits when you are trying to lose weight.

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Healthy Smoothie Recipes

  1. 1. Healthy Smoothie RecipesSmoothies are revolutionizing the world of healthy beverages across the worldtogether with green tea, fresh fruit and vegetable nectars where they are sold in fancyjuice bars in malls, fitness centers and spas.These ice-blended, optionally sweetened beverages are predominantly fresh fruit-based though variations include chocolate, coffee and even vegetables. It is calledsuch because of its very thick consistency achieved with the addition of milk oryoghurt.It originated in the United States in the 1960s and rapidly grew in popularity anddistribution and is now sold in cafes, juice bars and restaurants where they continueto be marketed as healthy drinks boosted with nutritional powders and supplements.Vegan versions are made with soy, rice or coconut milk instead of dairy.When preparing smoothies at home, a good quality blender is ideal if you want toachieve a fine homogenous texture especially if ice and green leafy vegetables areincluded in the blend. Hand held immersion blenders are sold everywhere and arecheaper than heavy duty high-speed versions that come with a pitcher.Not all smoothies can be considered healthy. Heavily sweetened drinks flavoured withpowdered artificial flavors provide virtually no nutrients. On the other hand, a healthbuff can get easily carried away with by adding super foods from exotic countries likeantioxidant-rich acai from Brazil to spirulina and chlorella, two kinds of blue-greenalgae harvested from clean water sources in different parts of the world.When preparing these drinks for kids, go easy on the greens and use more colorful andnaturally sweet fruit like mangoes and bananas. Tart berries and citrus fruits providecontrast. Rather than refined white sugar, go for honey and other natural sweeteners.Raw vegans even replace entire meals with what they like to call breakfast or lunchsmoothies, depending on when they take it. More than the usual recipe of fruit, ice,sugar and milk, raw smoothies eliminate any form of animal products and instead usesfruits with a high fat content such as avocado and coconut meat. These are powered
  2. 2. up with greens like kale and spinach and sweetened with honey, stevia, coconut orpalm sugar, or agave extract, all healthier forms of sugars.Tip: If the smoothie already has a sweet fruit like mango, you may do away with anysweetener. Add a teaspoonful of super food to kick up nutrient content severalnotches higher. Lastly, consume it right away as these tend to spoil quickly having nopreservatives. Nutrients are also lost as the smoothie sits in the refrigerator.Berry Banana Smoothie RecipeBeautiful to look at and delicious to eat, this fruit smoothie is sure to please.Servings: 4Preparation Time: 5 minutesCooking Time: 10 minutesDifficulty Level: EasyIngredients:1 small banana, peeled chopped and frozen, 52 oz. cup fresh or frozen assorted,berries (such as raspberries, blackberries, and/or strawberries), 1/2 cup orange juice, 3tablespoons vanilla low-fat yogurtPreparation Instructions:In a blender, process the frozen pieces of banana, berries, orange juice, and yogurtuntil a smooth puree. Pour into cold, tall glasses. For garnishing, use fresh mint leavesand berries and a banana slice, if desired.
  3. 3. Pink Sunrise Summer SmoothieA cool, refreshing smoothie is a good breakfast on a hot summer day! Start with abanana, mango, strawberries and some Greek yogurt, and go from there.Servings: 2-3Preparation Time: 10 minutesDifficulty Level: EasyIngredients:1 ripe banana (if it is huge, you can use one-half a banana), 1 ripe large mango, seededand peeled, 15 or so strawberries, stemmed, ½ cup or so Greek yogurt (prefer Oikos,Organic Greek Non-fat Yogurt, Vanilla Flavored, but use whatever you like), 1-2tablespoons agave (optional), 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1 teaspoon flax oil (or 1tablespoon ground flax seeds), 1 cup (or more) crushed icePreparation Instructions:Add all ingredients to the blender container, and whirl until thick and frosty, 30-60seconds. Note: If you freeze the banana ahead of time, in slices, you can omit thecrushed ice.
  4. 4. Strawberries with BasilWe all know strawberries are delicious, but they are also nutritious, and ideally shouldbe a part of everyones daily diet. Youll enjoy some health advantages by eatingstrawberries regularly, and the best part is strawberries are one of the most deliciousfruits. Adding fresh strawberries to your diet, whether they are in salads, smoothies,or on their own, is a great way to get the servings of fruit you need for a well-roundedbody and a healthy immune system. This is a very recipe that you can prepare foryourself if you looking at a refreshing and nutritious and fruity meal for yourself.Servings: 4Preparation Time: 10 minutesCooking Time: 10 minutesRecommended Wine: MauryIngredients:1 lb. strawberries, 1 small basil bunchPreparation Instructions:Separate the strawberries, setting aside the nicest ones for the garnish. Mix the otherswith the fresh basil, until a smooth sauce is obtained. Set aside. Cut the strawberriesin halves or quarters. Place these strawberry pieces into the basil sauce. Place thestrawberries with basil sauce in a concave dish and serve.OTHER LINKS:cosmopolitan cocktail wikipedianicaraguan drink recipesblack caipirinhacocktail collinssilverside beef cut