Research says it takes around 66 days to create a habit, which means that those New Year’s Resolutions are achievable, it just takes a bit of work. And what’s so bad about working hard at something? Our society tends to want instantaneous results, but there’s nothing like the satisfaction of knowing that all your blood, sweat and tears have finally blossomed into something beautiful.
This week, we’ve created smoothies to help you stick to whatever health and fitness goals you may have by combining super nutritious ingredients (wheatgrass, chlorella, hemp seed and acai) with delicious flavors (mango, persimmon, meyer lemon and cacao). Working hard doesn’t have to be “hard” — it can invigorating, challenging, fun, and yes, tasty!
Wheatgrass has been a health food staple for centuries, and has been labeled a potent detoxifier for most of that time. High in protein, fiber, vitamin C and Chlorophyll (the phytochemical that gives leafy greens their color), wheatgrass assists the thyroid gland, which means it may also be beneficial to weight loss. Mangos are rich in vitamin A, a vitamin that directly impacts the health of skin, and are also full of antioxidants. If you feel like your skin and immune system could use some help after all that holiday partying, this smoothie is exactly what you need!
Persimmon Pineapple Protein
Originally native to China, persimmons are now grown all over the world. Known as “nature’s candy,” persimmons have a sweet, almost honey-like flavor, and are full of vitamin C (one little fruit has almost 80 percent of your recommended daily allowance). Flax is one of the oldest cultivated crops in the world, and flaxseeds are a rich source of Omega-3s. Pea protein rounds out this sweet, immune-boosting smoothie, blending seamlessly while providing plant-based protein that our bodies need to keep going from morning till night.
Ginger Detox Twist
A cross between a mandarin orange and a lemon, meyer lemons were originally used for purely aesthetic purposes before their benefits were discovered. Sweet and not tart like regular lemons, meyer lemons have such a thin layer of white pith between their skin and fruit that they can actually be eaten skin and all. Chlorella is a type of algae that grows in fresh water, and is often used as a natural treatment for digestive issues and fibromyalgia. Ginger is a fantastic anti-inflammatory, and collard greens contain a big dose of vitamin A, C and even a little bit of protein. If traditional detox drinks prove too harsh for your stomach, this gentler version should give you all the nutritional benefits without the intense stomach side effects.
Cookies n’ Green
Three superfoods in one smoothie? That’s just how we roll. Cacao is chocolate in its rawest form, full of potent antioxidants that also help to lower cholesterol. Lucuma is often used as a natural sweetener, and is rich in iron and beta-carotene. Hemp seeds are a great vegan source of both Omega-3s and Omega-6, and provide a little bump of protein. Combine these super players with sweet, blendable pears, nourishing chard and satisfying rice milk, and you’ve got a chocolatey drink that has nutrition profile that would top most salads.
Goji Cranberry Crimson
Native to South America, acai (ah-sigh-EE) berries are a good source of dietary fiber and are also rich in antioxidants. They’re also full of vitamin C. Goji berries are native to China, and have been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries to treat everything from fever to diabetes. Goji berries also pack a punch of beta-carotene, which is great for the skin. The sweet / tart combination of mandarin oranges and cranberries gives this smoothie a good dose of vitamin C, fiber, and polyphenols, and walnuts may help reduce the risk of both prostate and breast cancer.