This Menu shows all of the smoothie recipes for the week of July 29th through August 4th. Now, on to immune-boosting blends that are full of natural sweetness (but not a lot of sugar).
Acai Pear Date
Whether you're new to the smoothie game, or just have a pretty big sweet tooth, dates are one of the best ways to sweeten up any blend! Not only do they provide both soluble and insoluble fiber, they're also high in calcium, phosphorus and antioxidants. When combined with pear (another sweet, fiber-filled fruit), mild summer squash, and acai berry powder (which packs a big antioxidant punch), they create a sweet treat that will keep you satisfied and energized for hours.
Strawberry Orange Spritzer
One of the biggest benefits to eating flaxseed is the amount of lignans available per serving. Lignans are “fiber-related polyphenols” (antioxidants) that can actually help balance hormones, and may help fight against hormone-related cancers. Flax also contains both soluble and insoluble fiber, as well as healthy Omega-3 fatty acids. With all of these health benefits and a flavor that virtually disappears when blended, flaxseed is the perfect addition to any smoothie! This light, low sugar drink is also bursting with vitamin C thanks to strawberries, mini peppers and an orange.
Low in calories but high in fiber, kale (the original “super” green) is bursting with folate and magnesium. Hemp seeds have a great balance of Omega-3s and Omega-6 fatty acids (the best kind of fat for your body), and are also high in protein and fiber. Blend these two powerhouses with refreshing and tropical coconut water, and add some sweet pineapple, and you have a healthy meal replacement that might just transport you to a tropical island paradise!
Chlorella De Vil
Chlorella is a freshwater green algae that contains the highest amount of chlorophyll out of any other known plant. Chlorophyll is a plant pigment that helps humans with everything from wound healing to strengthening the liver. Chlorella is also an abundant source of vitamins B, C, D, E, K, and the minerals phosphorous, calcium, zinc, magnesium and iron. A little of this powdered green algae goes a long way! With the addition of a sweet banana and kiwi (fiber and potassium), more vitamin K from chard, as well as healthy fat and protein from cashews, this super green drink packs a super nutritional punch.
Green Mint Refresh
Mint's naturally soothing scent is often used as a homeopathic remedy for nausea and upset stomach, and may help with the symptoms of IBS (irritable bowel syndrome). It's also a natural stimulant, helping to perk you up during a long afternoon, or even give you a healthy jolt before you head to the gym. Add in hemp seeds, which also help with sustained energy, and you have an invigorating snack that won't spike your blood sugar.
Goji Citrus Tomato
Goji berries have reportedly been used in Chinese medicine since 200 B.C, and began to pop up in the US at the beginning of the 21st century. With a nice amount of fiber, protein and essential amino acids per serving, as well as a studied ability to help balance glucose, goji berries are an excellent booster for any smoothie blend! Along with a lime and orange, goji adds a delicate sweetness to this otherwise light, high fiber drink.
Rolled oats may not seem like a superfood, but there have been many scientific studies linking the daily consumption of this whole grain to lowered cholesterol, as well as a lowered risk of heart disease. Because of the high amount of fiber in oats, they have also been linked to decreased appetite and weight loss. Baby bok choy provides phosphorus, zinc, and magnesium, a nectarine provides vitamin C and beta carotene, grapes are full of polyphenols, and pea protein is one of the most easily digestion protein powders out there. Take care of the day with this low calorie, low fat breakfast!
Sweet 'n Light Nectarine
Like lemons, kiwis are antibacterial and antifungal, which is why many people use them in homemade face mask recipes. Kiwis also provide more lutein per serving than almost any other commonly-eaten fruit. Lutein is a phytochemical that not only protects skin, but is extremely beneficial for eye health. Bok choy, a nectarine, and hemp seeds are also fantastic for your skin, which means this smoothie loves your immune system and your complexion!