The key to staying energized throughout a busy day is to make sure you’re eating a balanced amount of healthy carbs, fats and proteins, and to keep your sugar intake low. This week, we’re partnering with Happy Tree to create a smoothie box that’s relatively low in sugar and calories, but big in vitamins and minerals essential to long-term energy.
Organic and sustainably harvested in the US, Happy Tree maple water (which is sap collected straight from maple trees) is packed with antioxidants, B-vitamins and electrolytes, but is low in both sugar and calories. Stay hydrated and healthy with these refreshing smoothie snacks!
Happy Tree Ginger Maple Energizer
Like coconut water, maple water has B-vitamins, antioxidants and electrolytes, but it also has less than half the calories and sugar. Happy Tree Maple Water, which is sustainably harvested in the US, includes only one ingredient: organic maple water. Combine this light and refreshing drink with anti-inflammatory ginger, tons of vitamin C from pineapple and kumquats (which can be tossed into your blender whole, no peeling required), and healthy fat and protein from hemp seeds, and you have a healthy snack that will put a pep in your step, no matter what your day has in store!
With more vitamin C per serving than any other food, camu camu is the perfect way to boost your energy and complexion without adding unnecessary calories. Both pear and banana are high in fiber (as well as potassium, magnesium, folate and more vitamin C), and great ingredients for “thicker” smoothies, which means this one drinks like a meal while staying under 150 calories per serving. Add in some flaxseed for additional fiber and protein, and swiss chard for vitamins K and A, and you’ll be ready to power through your day while maintaining a light, healthy diet.
Classic Apple Detox
The correct way to think of the “detox” label is something that helps your organs work at their highest capacity, not something that causes rapid weight loss or an instant flat belly (as some weight loss products would have you believe). Anti-inflammatory ginger, alkalizing lemon, hydrating celery and cucumber, and vitamin-infused baby spinach and apple, all provide ample amounts of healthy goodness in a low sugar, low calorie package.
Lucuma Banana Creamsicle
Lucuma is a Peruvian fruit with ample amounts of beta carotene, iron, and zinc per serving, and is often used as a low glycemic sweetener. Cashews and banana help to create a creamy base while orange and lucuma keep things citrusy and sweet. Add in some kale for lots of additional vitamins and minerals (iron, vitamin K and antioxidants, to name a few) and you have a healthy treat that is perfect for blending up first thing in the morning.
Strawberry Orange Basil
Amp up your energy naturally with this sweet, earthy smoothie that works as a great meal replacement. Strawberries (folate, potassium, manganese) and basil (vitamins K and A) are a familiar warm weather combination, while orange (vitamin C) and grape tomatoes (fiber and lycopene) add a sweet acidity. Goji berries (vitamins A and B2) and walnuts (vitamin E and Omega-3s) round this refreshing smoothie out.