One of the best ways to stay healthy is to stay active, but without the proper nutrition, staying active can sometimes feel like a chore. This week, our smoothie box is full of recipes that will help you feel positive and energetic, no matter if you’re headed for the gym or just a day full of responsibilities.
While ingredients like maca, cacao, nuts and chlorella help to boost both your immune system and energy, recipes with a good amount of fiber, protein and plant-based carbs will keep you satisfied and bright-eyed all day long. With good health, we can accomplish anything!
Sweet Pineapple Kiwi
Known as “the queen of fruits,” mangosteen is a Southeast Asian fruit that has been studied for its numerous health benefits, including its ability to lower inflammation and its high amount of vitamin C per serving. Thanks to the additional kiwi, clementine and pineapple, this smoothie is bursting with vitamin C, which is vital to an active life. Not only does vitamin C help the body absorb iron, it also helps protects against heart disease and keeps your immune system healthy. Add in some almonds for healthy fats and protein, and you have a nutritionally balanced snack that will keep you going all day long!
Chocolate Cashew Madness
Native to Peru, maca root has been connected to improved hormone function and energy for centuries. Cacao (which is chocolate in its rawest form), has also been linked to improved energy, as well as boosted serotonin. With the additional energy support from bananas (potassium and fiber), cashew butter (healthy fats and protein), and swiss chard (vitamins K, A and C), this smoothie is a perfect meal replacement or pre-gym snack. And the best part? It tastes like a chocolate milkshake!
Apple Chia Refresh
A powerful immune booster, chlorella is a blue-green algae that’s also full of B-12, which is essential for the health of red blood cells, the central nervous system, and energy production. Collards are one of the only greens with protein, and lemon juice is a great alkalizer. Add in some nice hydration from a cucumber, fiber from an apple and kumquats, and a super healthy dose of Omega-3s from the chia seeds, and you’ve got a light, refreshing smoothie that is sure to keep you full for hours. Pro Tip: Soaking chia seeds in a small amount of water a few hours beforehand (or overnight) allows them to grow into their more “gelatinous” state. It’s a bit easier for your digestion, and will give the smoothie a nice texture!
If you’re looking for a light, refreshing snack or breakfast that will keep you satisfied without packing on the calories or fat, this smoothie is perfect! Both cantaloupe and pear have a good serving of fiber, stomach-soothing mint is bursting with antioxidants, and lemon and spinach are full of vitamin C. Cashews add a bit of healthy fat and protein, which means that even though you’re eating light, you’ll still have enough energy to get through even the longest of days!
A bit sweeter than than red beets, golden beets are full of fiber, iron and potassium. In general, beets are great for both increasing stamina and for soothing sore muscles. Ginger is a wonderful anti-inflammatory, grapes are full of cancer-fighting polyphenols, and clementines have calcium, magnesium and vitamin C. Starting your morning out with this sweet, low calorie smoothie will have you glowing from the inside out, and motivated to check everything off your to-do list.