March 20th is officially the first day of spring, which means longer, warmer days, farmer’s markets, and outside activities. This week’s box highlights the beginnings of this bountiful season with smoothies that will not only help you feel light because of their relatively low calorie count, but fresh and glowing from ingredients that are perfect for your skin and immune system.
Ingredients like grapes, cinnamon, walnuts, kale, goji berries and hemp seeds provide the antioxidants, anti-inflammatory properties and healthy Omega-3 fatty acids to help you feel brand new, and ready to take on the brand new season!
This low calorie smoothie will help you feel light on your feet while boosting your immune system with copious amounts of vitamins C and A (thanks to a lime and collard greens). Cantaloupe provides a nice amount of fiber, potassium, and antioxidants, with grapes providing additional antioxidant support in the form of polyphenols, which have been studied for their cancer-fighting ability. Cooling mint and coconut water round things out with a light sweetness, making this the perfect snack for when you’re craving something sweet, but working on becoming your healthiest self this spring and summer.
Low in calories but high in vitamin C, zucchini is a great smoothie filler because it amps up the nutrients without amping up the sugar or fat. A hearty green, lacinato kale provides ample amounts of vitamins A, K and iron, and when combined with cinnamon, works to lower inflammation. If you want your skin to look as fresh as a spring morning, this smoothie will help make that happen, especially because of its hefty serving of vitamin E, courtesy of walnuts. Add in some sweetness, along with fiber, potassium and iron from banana and dates, and you have sweet treat that works to improve everything from your complexion to your digestion.
Orange Noni Boost
A rather odd-looking fruit native to Southeast Asia, noni fruit has been shown to lower inflammation in the body, as well as reduce pain (think of it as a natural ibuprofen). With an orange, apple and swiss chard adding additional immune support (as well as fiber, iron, and magnesium) and chia seeds adding natural protein, healthy fats and more fiber, this light smoothie will help you feel full and satisfied without adding unnecessary calories or fat. If the longer days are urging you to get outside and be active, this is the perfect pre-activity snack!
Rich in potassium, fiber and manganese, tomatillos make a great base for smoothies because of their delicate, almost lemon-like taste. Maqui berries, which are native to Chile, have an unusually high amount of anthocyanins per serving, which are antioxidants with proven cancer-fighting abilities. And while this drink is sweet enough to curb a craving, it’s relatively low in sugar, with tons of additional healthy fiber thanks to cashews and bananas. Keep yourself refreshed and energized, and your complexion glowing, with this healthy snack.
This tropical smoothie is spring break in a cup! High in vitamin C, vitamin A and beta-carotene, carrots are a great spring vegetable for your complexion. In addition to keeping your skin radiant, daily consumption of carrots may also provide a small amount of SPF. Because of its high vitamin C content, pineapple is another great ingredient for your skin, and goji berries have the antioxidants to help every part of you feel young. Goji berries are also full of copper, iron and riboflavin, trace minerals aren’t all that common in produce. In addition to protein, hemp seeds are a great vegan source of Omega-3s and Omega-6 fatty acids, the good kind of fat that helps with heart health, cholesterol, and even balancing hormones.