Whether we’re ready or not, it’s that time of year again. Kids are heading back to school, and adults are taking stock of their summer revelries and trying to formulate a healthy fall plan.
If you’ve got little ones running around, or just running around yourself this week, we’ve filled our smoothie boxes with ingredients and flavor combinations that not only make delicious, quick breakfasts, but will also keep you energized and upbeat all day. Superfoods like yacon root, flaxseed, almonds, and blueberries combine with nutrient-dense greens to give you all the nutrition you need, no matter how busy of a day is waiting for you.
Blueberry Banana Oatmeal
It’s still a bit too hot to send the kids off to school (or yourself off to work) with a bowl of healthy oatmeal, so we’ve created the next best thing -- a nutrient-dense smoothie with all the cholesterol-lowering benefits of rolled oats, the healthy brain and skin benefits of blueberries, the potassium and magnesium of banana, the good fats and vitamin E of walnuts, the fiber of lucuma (a natural sweetener), and the vitamins A and C of collard greens. Not only will this drink keep you satisfied like oatmeal, you can throw it together in under five minutes, and you’ll get a few servings of fruit and vegetables to boot!
Tomato Mango Lime
If you’ve let your diet slide a little during summer vacation, this vegetable heavy (but still sweet) smoothie should get you on track! Grape tomatoes contain lycopene, a potent phytochemical that has been studied for its cancer-fighting abilities. There’s also a burst of vitamin C from the tomatoes, lime, and mango, and hydration and magnesium from the cucumber. Top off this low-sugar, low-calorie drink with flaxseed, which has a healthy dose of protein, fiber and essential fatty acids, and you have the perfect start to any kind of busy day.
A South American tuber (that resembles a sweet potato), yacon root has been shown to regulate blood sugar while still providing a bit of natural, molasses-like sweetness, and hibiscus has been studied as having anti-inflammatory properties. Combine these two superfoods with the calming flavors of banana (potassium, magnesium) and peach (fiber and vitamin C), as well as the iron and vitamin K of kale, and you have a sweet, tropical drink designed to calm your body and your mind.
Golden Ginger Beet
Slightly less “earthy” tasting than red beets, golden beets are full of fiber, iron and potassium. Beets themselves are great for sore muscles, and keep green smoothies tasting sweet. Golden berries contain calcium and metabolism-boosting B-complex vitamins, and ginger is a fantastic anti-inflammatory. The potent vitamin C from both a lemon and orange, plus the healthy fat, protein and fiber from hemp seed, make this the perfect light meal replacement for a busy morning. Drink this instead of your usual orange juice, and instantly feel energized!
Mint Plum Power
One of the most antioxidant-rich foods ever recorded, maqui berry also contains calcium and iron. Almonds are one of the healthiest foods on the planet, and have enough fiber, protein and healthy fat to keep you satisfied for hours. We’ve combined these superfoods with digestion-easing mint, and the light, sweet flavors of grapes, plum and pear (all of which contain healthy fiber), to create a smoothie that even the pickiest of eaters (or the youngest members of your family) will enjoy sipping before their first big day back to school!