This Menu shows all of the smoothie recipes for the week of July 22nd through July 28th. Now, on to sweet smoothies that are not only low in calories, but provide long-lasting energy for a busy day!
Sweet Ginger Orange
Orange-hued fruits and vegetables have high amounts of beta carotene, and this smoothie has three of them (carrots, nectarine, and an orange). This means that not only does this blend have a high dose of vitamin C per serving (71 percent of your daily recommended amount, to be exact), but an extremely high amount of skin-loving beta carotene per serving. If you're looking for a smoothie that helps you look as good as it helps you feel, this is the breakfast for you!
Creamy Blueberry Cinnamon Swirl
Love yourself a cinnamon roll, but don't love all the calories and sugar that can come with it? This smoothie is a healthy version of that sweet treat, and includes a burst of special antioxidants from blueberries that help keep your brain in tip top shape. There's also anti-inflammatory power from cinnamon, iron from spinach, and potassium from a banana. Walnuts have recently been shown to help curb cravings, which means this sweet smoothie will actually help you eat less sugar.
Apples Don’t Carrot All
With less fat than most other nuts, the majority of the fats that cashews do contain are monounsaturated fatty acids, the healthy kind of fat that’s essential for a steady metabolism. If you're looking for an easy way to get more essential minerals, cashews contain a healthy amount of copper, magnesium, and zinc. Add some vitamin K from bok choy, fiber from an apple, and vitamin C from a lime, and you've got an immune-boosting breakfast that's as sweet as can be.
This smoothie is low in calories and sugar, but has a healthy serving of the good kind of fat our bodies need to sustain energy and even lose weight. This combination is excellent for warding off mid-afternoon blood sugar crashes, Even though this drink is light, hemp seed and applesauce help give it volume (thanks to a type of fiber called pectin), and swiss chard provides a nice serving of vitamins K, A, and C, as well as iron. Your skin, immune system and digestion will all be saying “thank you!” after you give this one a sip!
Ginger Beet Refresh
With a taste that’s a bit sweeter and more mellow than red beets, yellow beets have the same health benefits: They help with healthy blood flow, may improve brain function, have specialized antioxidants that fight against degenerative diseases, and may even boost athletic performance. When you combine yellow beets with ginger root and flaxseed, two potent anti-inflammatories, you get a fantastic smoothie for your muscles, immune system, and even your complexion!
Green Kiwi Protein
The popularity of kiwifruit in America began during WWII, when servicemen stationed in New Zealand first got a taste. While everyone thinks of oranges as being packed with vitamin C, just one cup of raw kiwi provides around 270 percent of your daily recommended amount, making it the perfect fruit for brightening your complexion from the inside out. Nectarines contain beta-carotene, another complexion-loving vitamin, and spinach is full of iron and vitamin K, essential nutrients for healthy bones and blood. Give your immune system a boost with this green dream.
This dessert-in-a-glass is so good for you, you can eat it first thing in the morning! Raw cacao powder is a natural stimulant, with some studies even linking it to increased serotonin and endorphins. It also provides iron and fiber, two things our bodies require to stay active all day. Sunflower seeds are full of healthy fat (which we need to stay energized), a pear and banana provide even more healthy fiber and potassium, and cherries and collard greens bring magnesium, vitamins A and K, and are great anti-inflammatories.
Pretty in Pink Pick-Me-Up
Blueberries are one of the healthiest berries you can eat. Not only do these low sugar berries have more antioxidants per serving than almost any other fruit, studies have found that they may help block the growth of tumor cells. Combining them with bananas and pea protein makes a powerhouse smoothie that will keep you full and full of energy for hours, and summer squash provides ample amounts of vitamin C, folate and B-6.