While it’s no secret that coffee can actually be good for our health, there are definitely times when we want to reach for something other than a latte or espresso.
If you’ve been feeling the need to branch out from your morning cup, consider one of these green smoothies! With ingredients like matcha (a ground up green tea with the ability to provide both a caffeine kick and a calming sensation), green coffee (which is powdered, un-roasted coffee beans that blends easily into smoothies), black tea leaves, maca, and a few other energizing additions, these smoothies will not only put a little pep in your step — they’ll keep you going all day long!
Smoothie Recipes Better Than Coffee
No coffee needed if you start your morning off with this smoothie! Matcha tea provides a dose of natural caffeine, as well as L-Theanine, an amino acid that helps induce calmness. This combination helps you feel relaxed and focused, without any of the jitteriness that a morning latte can sometimes bring. Combine that with a hefty serving of vitamin C from pear and kiwis, along with healthy protein and fiber from hemp protein, and you have a light, low-fat breakfast or snack that will power you through your whole day.
Golden Goji Energy
Reportedly used in Chinese medicine starting as early as 200 B.C, goji berries contain iron, fiber, protein, antioxidants and essential amino acids. In addition to being a powerful superfruit for energy, goji berries have also been studied for their ability to help ward off blood sugar spikes. Another superfood that helps increase verve and vigor, camu camu has more vitamin C per serving than almost any other food on the planet. Blend in some cashews for healthy fat and protein, and a banana, orange and spinach for some sweetness and additional complexion-loving vitamins, and you’ve got a meal replacement that shows both your skin and your immune system some love.
Matcha Banana Latte
Thanks to L-Theanine, a naturally occurring amino acid that helps induce calmness, matcha tea (which is basically ground up green tea) gives you a burst of natural caffeine while also helping you feel calm and focused. A banana and rice milk add energizing fiber, natural carbs and potassium, while collards provide more fiber and vitamin A. Add in an orange for a sweet citrus flavor and vitamin C, and you’ve got a stimulating, restorative breakfast that’s perfect before or after a long workout.
Related to turnips and radishes, maca root has been studied for its ability to not only increase energy and stamina, but also possibly help regulate hormones. Cacao powder (which is chocolate in its rawest form), has been shown to help amp up serotonin and endorphins, and contains fiber, iron and lots of antioxidants. Low in calories, fat, and sugar, this smoothie will have you feeling bright and bushy-tailed all day long.
Dark leafy greens like swiss chard are also high in beta carotene, and when combined with the natural sweetness of a banana (potassium, fiber) and dates (more fiber), completely disappear into a smoothie, meaning this drink tastes like a sweet treat, but is still good for you! And last but not least, a teaspoon of matcha tea provides both a boost of natural energy, and a sense of focused calmness, thanks to the amino acid L-theanine.
Creamy Butternut Chai Matcha
If you’re looking for an energizing snack with all the flavors of the holiday season, this is it! Thanks to the amino acid L-Theanine, matcha tea (which is made from ground green tea leaves) is the perfect way to stay focused and calm. Butternut squash provides beta carotene and fiber, as well as a delicately sweet smoothie base, and the combination of a banana, almond milk, and chai spices creates the perfect chai latte effect. Top it off with a dash of vitamins A, C, E and K from spinach, and you have all the flavor of a delicious milkshake with a nice nutritional punch.
Kiwi Matcha Tea
Clocking in at only 73 calories, this smoothie is this perfect pick-me-up. Thanks to the amino acid L-Theanine in matcha (which is a powdered green tea), you’ll feel both focused and calm, while the fiber in a pear keeps you satisfied for hours. Kiwis are bursting with vitamins C and A, and collard greens (one of the only greens with protein) provide calcium and iron. Stay awake, alert and positive with this refreshing drink.
Matcha Apple Pie
Antioxidants are great for your immune and nervous systems, but they’re also fantastic for your skin. Matcha, a powdered green tea, contains pigallocatechin gallate (EGCg), a potent antioxidant, and it will also help to give you a boost of energy without any jitters. In addition to healthy fat and protein, walnuts contain vitamin E, which keeps skin looking supple and may help fight against the signs of aging. Like lychees, apples contain quercetin, a powerful anti-inflammatory agent. Looking to press “reset” on your skin after spending too much time in the sun? This smoothie can help.
Chocolate Matcha Latte
Sipping on this smoothie should satisfy any dessert cravings that arise during your next barbecue. Cacao, which is chocolate in its rawest form, contains magnesium, calcium, iron, and cancer-fighting polyphenols. Along with a potassium-rich banana and fiber filled dates, half an avocado gives this smoothie a super creamy consistency, as well as heart-healthy fats. Of course, we couldn’t resist putting a little green into the mix with nutrient-dense swiss chard (vitamins K, A and C), and matcha, which is antioxidant-rich powdered green tea containing pigallocatechin gallate (EGCg), one of the most potent antioxidants out there.
Sweet and Spicy Matcha
Gingerol, the main bioactive compound in ginger, is the compound responsible for the majority of ginger’s antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. In addition to naturally treating nausea, ginger may also help keep blood sugar in check, as well as help with sore muscles. A powdered green tea that provides energy and a centered feeling at the same time, matcha is a perfect alternative to coffee, and hemp seed is the perfect vegan source of Omega-3. Combine these superfoods with hydrating cantaloupe and grapes, creamy squash, and nutrient-dense collard greens, and you have a spicy, energizing drink that will make your whole body feel like a million bucks.
Creamy Matcha Mint
Matcha, which literally translates to “powdered tea,” is different than the bagged tea you usually drink because instead of just steeping the leaves, you’re actually ingesting powder made from the leaves. Thanks to L-Theanine, a naturally occurring amino acid that provides focused energy without jitteriness, matcha is a great alternative to traditional coffee drinks. The refreshing flavor of mint, and the energy-sustaining healthy fat / protein ratio of cashews and avocado, also help to make this smoothie the perfect pick-me-up. And at only 11 grams of sugar per serving, there’ll be no crash later!
Bok Choy Matcha
A form of powdered green tea, matcha has been around for centuries, and is more nutritionally potent than traditionally brewed green tea. There’s also a polyphenol in matcha called EGCG that has not only been shown to boost metabolism, but fight the growth of cancer cells as well. Grapes have cancer-fighting polyphenols too, and hemp seeds are high in Omega-3s, which help lower high cholesterol, ease dry, itchy skin, and may even lessen PMS symptoms. This light, immune-boosting smoothie will have you feeling bright and energetic without any of that traditional caffeine jitteriness!
Matcha is powdered green tea that can do two awesome things at the same time: improve concentration, and provide a whole body calmness. This is all thanks to the combination of caffeine and the amino acid L-Theanine, which helps ease stress on the nervous system. Matcha is also loaded with catechins, the most powerful antioxidants out there. Add some additional creaminess from avocado, tofu, and coconut milk, a dash of sweet and spice from real maple syrup and nutmeg, and a nutritious green in the form of chard, and you’ve got the eggnog of your dreams. (Deep, rich, satisfying - and good for you!)
Coconut Matcha Tea
Matcha tea is known for its ability to improve concentration while also providing a strong dose of L-Theanine, an amino acid that fosters a whole body calmness. So not only will this powdered green tea make you feel awake and alert, you’ll have zero jitteriness that caffeine can sometimes cause. Matcha is also loaded with catechins, the most powerful antioxidants out there. Spinach, the original super vegetable, is full of vitamins A, K and C, as well as chlorophyll, a helpful nutrient for both plants and humans.
If you walk into any juice bar and ask for a classic detox juice, these are the likely ingredients you’ll encounter - with two healthy additions: walnuts and matcha tea. Matcha has the amino acid L-Theanine, which helps your body feel calm and your mind feel energized. It also boosts serotonin, a natural chemical that keeps your mood balanced. Walnuts have a lot of vitamin E, the perfect nutrient for dry skin and hair (vitamin E oil is often added to moisturizes of all kinds). Ginger evens out this clean smoothie with a refreshing anti-inflammatory kick.
Braeburn Apple Tea
Tart with a hint of fall spiciness, Braeburn apples in their prime right now, and are a fantastic addition to any smoothie. They were discovered growing by chance in New Zealand in the 50s, and have since become an orchard favorite. With a good amount of vitamins A and C, Braeburns are also high in fiber. Matcha green tea has the amino acid L-Theanine, which has been shown to boost serotonin and also helping the mind feel calm. Basically, you get the alertness of caffeine without the jitters, which makes matcha a serious contender for the best superfood ever.
Goji Green Tea
You don’t have to wait until tea time to sip on this goji green tea smoothie. Matcha powder is made from finely ground, high quality, tea leaves grown exclusively in Japan. Matcha is at the heart of the Japanese Tea Ceremony as well as a predominant ingredient in many other dishes (hello, green tea ice cream). Green tea is a powerful antioxidant and matcha powder is about 10x as powerful since the entire tea leaf is ingested and not just the brewed water. It adds a mild green tea flavor that is complemented by the soft, sweet tones of the goji berries and apple.
Green Tea Nectarine
What a lovely combination of flavors. The sweetness of the grapes and nectarines are tamed by the matcha and chard. Matcha contains the water soluble amino acid, L-Theanine. L-Theanine has been known to reduce stress levels and create a calm without causing drowsiness. Chard contains tons of Vitamin K, which promotes building strong bones and preventing heart disease. Drink up, this smoothie is working for you!
Green Tea Latte
Pure energy in a glass. Matcha tea isn't just known to help boost your mood, energy and concentration, it’s also a powerful detoxifier. Matcha is rich in Chlorophyll, which eliminates both chemicals and heavy metals from the body. Brazil nuts are rich in Selenium and are known to aid in detoxifying Mercury from the body. There's no need to stop at a coffee shop for a latte--we've got an even tastier and healthier one for you!
Pineapple Kiwi Kalm
In order to feel vibrant and stress free, proper sleep is needed. You know what you need for sound sleeping? Calcium. We’ve loaded this smoothie with kale to ensure maximum calcium absorption. Zinc is also an essential mineral in relieving anxiety, which is why we utilized cashews in this smoothie creation. Matcha is rich in amino acids which lower blood pressure, enhance memory, and improve your quality of sleep. Drink this smoothie to feel energized and invigorated during the day and sleep like a baby at night.
Creamy Matcha Cardamom Iced Latte
Calling all caffeine lovers! If you’re looking for the perfect buzz without the crash that comes later, this combination of matcha and green coffee has your name on it. In addition to giving you non-jittery energy, Matcha has the amino acid L-theanine, which helps to improve clarity and concentration. Green coffee powder, which is made from coffee beans that have not yet been roasted, is high in antioxidants, and both the green coffee and matcha have been involved in weight loss studies. Add some creamy avocado and squash, and the comfy spice of cardamom, and you may have found the perfect replacement for that morning latte.
Almond Avocado Matcha
You hear a lot about the “good fat” in avocados, but what does that mean, exactly? The main fat in avocados is oleic acid, a monounsaturated fatty acid also present in olive oil. Oleic acid is good for healthy skin and hair, helps reduce inflammation, and may have cancer-fighting properties. Paired with matcha, a powdered green tea with more antioxidants than any other superfood, this smooth and nutty green smoothie will help you be healthy inside and out!
Matcha Ginger Green Tea
Matcha is a traditional Japanese green tea. Finely powdered whole tea leaves provide a higher concentration of nutrients than tea that is simply brewed with leaves. Matcha is good for the heart and healthy digestion. Paired with ginger and a small amount of caffeine, this is an ideal pick-me-up for any time you might be slumping. Apple and spinach provide fiber and chia seeds kick in the protein.
Persimmon Apple Tea
Thanks to matcha (which is a powdered green tea), this smoothie provides a little boost of energy without any jitters. Add in some soothing mint and the delicate sweetness of a persimmon and apple, and you’ve got the perfect combination for feeling focused and calm. Collards are included to add in some vitamin A and iron, and pecans bring a dose of vitamin E, calcium and magnesium.
Earl Grey Kiwi
In addition to improving digestion and immune function, Earl Grey tea is often used as a natural mood stabilizer. That’s because bergamot, a citrus variety that’s included in dry Earl Grey tea leaves, has been shown to ease stress and anxiety. Omega-3, which is plentiful in flaxseed, has also been connected to enhanced emotional well being. Combine these two mood-boosting superfoods with calming mint, and energizing vitamin C from kiwis, a pear, and collard greens, and you have the perfect smoothie to get your day started on a positive note.
Earl Grey Mint
Mint is one of the best stomach soothers out there, whether you suffer from regular indigestion or just temporary discomfort. It’s also high in antioxidants, making it a frequent addition in detox drinks. Earl grey tea is another great digestion aid and mood soother, and the light sweetness of honeydew and pear make this the perfect drink to calm your body and mind. Pro tip: for a stronger tea flavor, steep the tea in ¼ cup of hot water. After a minute or two (the longer you leave the leaves in hot water, the stronger it will get), add ¾ cold water and blend. Do not drain the tea leaves, blend them with the smoothie.
Looking for a low-sugar way to feel alert and awake? Cayenne contains capsaicin, which has been shown to reduce inflammation, boost the immune system, and possibly even give the libido a kick. The vitamin C from tomatoes and lime, and hydration from cucumber and celery, is a fantastic combination for your body first thing in the morning. (Your digestion will thank you!) Try replacing your orange juice and coffee combination for this natural version of a V8, and watch your energy stay buoyant all day!
Get-Up-And-Go Green Grapefruit
Vitamin C is a great immune-booster, but it’s also an important element to energy synthesis throughout the body -- which basically means that it helps our bodies convert food into energy. Luckily, this smoothie is full of vitamin C (grapefruit, pineapple and kale). It’s also full of protein, thanks to a scoop of easy-to-digest pea protein, which is essential for prolonged vitality. Because unsaturated fat is the most energy dense of all the macronutrients, the healthy fat in half an avocado and walnuts is also essential to feeling both mentally and physically alert. If you have a long day ahead of you, but still want to fall peacefully asleep at night, try this low sugar, low carb option.
Bursting with antioxidants and more vitamin C per serving than any other food, camu camu is the perfect immune-boosting superfood. With their high fiber and antioxidant count (not to mention their studied connection to improved moods), goji berries aren’t too shabby either. When you combine these two superfoods with potassium and magnesium from banana, vitamin C from a tangerine, and iron and vitamin K from spinach, you have the perfect treat for relaxing after a long day.
Uncle Matt’s Orange Energy Shake
Orange juice is often marketed as being a great source of vitamin C, but if the juice you’re drinking is also full of chemicals and loaded with extra sugar, these things basically cancel each other out. We've partnered with Uncle Matt’s OJ (a family-owned, 100 percent organic company that produces GMO- and pesticide-free orange juice with no added sugar or preservatives) and combined their delicious juice with extra vitamin C from pineapple, healthy fat and protein from cashews and pea protein, and a magnesium-filled yellow squash to create a light meal replacement that has almost 60 percent of your daily vitamin C needs.
Mint Persian Detox
While citrus fruits like limes are known for their high amount of vitamin C per serving, cucumbers are also rich in vitamin C, as well as anti-inflammatory compounds and fiber. The healthy fiber continues with pear, which is also high in antioxidants. When these light ingredients are combined with stomach-soothing mint, and ample vitamins and minerals from spinach (folate, calcium, iron and vitamin K to name a few), they create a low calorie smoothie that provides a gentle detox for both your digestion and complexion.
A tropical fruit with anti-inflammatory properties and high amounts of vitamin C per serving, mangosteen is often used to boost the immune system and treat skin rashes naturally. An excellent source of both Omega-6 and Omega-3 fatty acids, hemp seeds are a whole food protein, providing essential amino acids our bodies don’t produce on their own. Mix these superfoods up with a fiber-filled apple, cancer-fighting polyphenols from grapes, and super healthy collards (vitamins A, C and K), and you’ve got a smoothie that’s big on nutrients but low in calories.
With almost five times the amount of vitamin C as an orange, kiwi berries are fuzz-free, bite-sized versions of regular kiwi fruit! After you give these little guys a quick wash, you can throw them into your blender whole. Wheatgrass is full of chlorophyll and vitamin C, helping both your digestive and immune systems, and almonds are bursting with healthy fat, protein and fiber. A low calorie, nutritionally complete meal replacement, this smoothie is sweet and satisfying, but has enough fiber and protein to keep your blood sugar from spiking.
Coconut Carrot Cake
Carrots bring a dose of sweetness to smoothies, as well as beta-carotene, vitamin C, and fiber. Bananas are also full of fiber, as well as potassium, and cinnamon is a natural anti-inflammatory that helps with both complexion and regulating blood sugar. Walnuts provide a dose of nutty sweetness and Omega-3s, as well as potent cancer-fighting compounds. Round this healthy breakfast out with some unsweetened coconut flakes, and get your dessert fix without any of those pesky refined sugars.
Vitamin C Blast
Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin, which means that our bodies can’t store it and it needs to be consistently replaced. Because of this, our daily vitamin C supply can be depleted quickly -- but not if you have this smoothie on hand! Oranges are full of vitamin C, and camu camu (native to Brazil, Peru and Colombia) has more of this immune-boosting vitamin per serving than any other recorded food! Goji berries have vitamin C as well, but are more known for their antioxidant and beta-carotene content, while kale is bursting with fiber and folate. Add in some cashews for healthy fat and protein, and you’ve got an immune-boosting super snack.
Zesty Orange Zucchini
Zucchini is often overlooked as a smoothie ingredient. But with its easy to blend meat and high levels of potassium and vitamin B6, we couldn’t pass it up. Vitamin B6 may help treat a whole host of physical and psychological disorders, from heart disease to mental depression to kidney stones to memory loss.
Go Go Goji Berries
Rise, shine and get going with this citrus and antioxidant filled treat! The carrots, oranges, sunflower seeds, and goji berries aren't just loaded with vitamins, minerals, and fiber to keep you ready to take on the day, but they are also packed with antioxidants. And thanks to those super foods, the only thing stronger than the orange color of this smoothie will be your immunity. Drink this to start your day off right, bright eyed and bushy tailed.
Green Apple Ginger
Tart, spicy and sweet--is there any better way to start your day? And the fact that it's loaded with vitamins and minerals to boost your immunity makes it that much sweeter. Ginger provides antioxidants known to kill bacteria and fight cold viruses. Spirulina is the real star ingredient with an abundant source of protein, amino acids, phytonutrients, iron, antioxidants and B-vitamins. Your immune system will be strong and your tastebuds will be supremely satisfied.
This Lemonades-inspired smoothie will have you glowing from the inside out. Carrots and apples are packed with vitamins A and C which help to promote radiant skin. Lemon and ginger will soothe your digestive system. Plus, to top it all off, pumpkin seeds are loaded with magnesium which helps to promote proper bone growth and maintenance. Save a few seeds for garnish. Cheers!
Strawberry Orange Spice
Spice up your life? Kale yeah! The super green just won’t quit. This smoothie is full of fiber and flavor. Orange and strawberries taste like pure springtime goodness. The high vitamin E content in sunflower seeds provides anti-inflammatory benefits, and helps neutralize free radicals. Cinnamon instantly adds another dimension to any smoothie; paired with vanilla almond milk, it’s a creamy treat you’ll crave.
Spicy Ginger Snap
Snap into action with this spicy pick-me-up! Chia seeds pack so many nutrients into such a tiny form. They can slow down the speed with which our bodies convert carbohydrates into simple sugars, and may help reduce blood pressure. Chia seeds are loaded with Omega-3s, containing even more of the healthy fatty acids than salmon! Pears provide vitamin B2, C, E, copper, and potassium. Naturally sweet raisins are free from fat, sodium, and cholesterol.
Carrot Orange Creamsicle
Orange you glad we created this smoothie? Ataulfo mango is also known as "honey" "baby" or "Champagne" mango. As the names imply, this smaller variety of the tropical fruit is sweet, soft, and non-stringy. Most ingredients in this smoothie contain skin-healthy vitamins C and A. Turmeric contains curcumin, a natural anti-inflammatory compound that can help reduce puffiness. The omegas in hemp seed provide even more anti-inflammatory oomph!
Carrot Cantaloup Mango
Hemp is one of the purest plant proteins out there, and is especially good for people who have a hard time digesting soy or whey. In addition to being one of the oldest cultivated crops in the world (dating back ancient Egypt and China), flaxseed is full of healthy Omega-3s, and has been shown to improve blood sugar and glycemic control. The brightness and vitamins from the carrots and mango (vitamins A and C) are great for your skin and eyes, and cantaloup is full of fiber. This is the perfect summer smoothie: bright, colorful, satisfying and slimming!
Persimmon Pumpkin Pie
Even if you haven’t heard of persimmons before, you’ve probably seen them at your local farmer’s market during the late fall. A sweet fruit that looks a little bit like a tomato, persimmons are rich in fiber and vitamins A and B. Pumpkin is low in calories and high in fiber, and is bursting with beta-carotene, which has been shown to reduce the risk of cancer. Cashews provide heart healthy monounsaturated fats, and a diet that includes the daily consumption of nuts has been shown to help keep both cancer and heart disease at bay.
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.
Orange Camu Camu
One of the best ways to fight back against inflammation (and germs) is to get a lot of vitamin C during the day. This smoothie provides more than 100% of your daily vitamin C needs thanks to camu camu (a South American superfruit that has more vitamin C per serving than almost any other food) and two oranges. Goji berries also provide vitamin C, and have the ability to help regulate blood sugar. Add in some protein and healthy fats from hemp seed, and vitamin K and iron from swiss chard, and you have a lean, mean, germ fighting machine in a cup.
Awaken your inner warrior with this energizing and exotic smoothie. Oranges add a burst of flavor and are packed with vitamin C, potassium and folate. Cashews not only make this smoothie rich and creamy, they also fill it with copper, a mineral essential to energy production. Baobab powder brings it all together. This exotic superfood is rich in vitamin C, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium and antioxidants. Best of all, despite its sweet taste, it is low in sugar, providing you with energy that lasts, instead of a sugar rush.
Cacao Maqui Grape
Maqui berry is a fruit originating from Chile. It’s claim to fame is that it's one of the most antioxidant rich foods on the plant. NBD, right? Not only does it kick free-radical butt, it also contains Vitamin C, iron, calcium, potassium and anti-inflammatory compounds. It’s no wonder it has catapulted itself to superfood status. Take this smoothie to the next level and try freezing your grapes for an extra frosty affect.
Most people know that vitamin C helps ward off cold and flu viruses. Did you know that it also plays an important role in healing wounds and producing collagen? Collagen helps maintain skin’s elasticity. Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of vitamin C! Throw in an orange and some pineapple and you’ve got a refreshing concoction. Camu camu adds even more vitamin C for skin rejuvenation...noticing a pattern yet? Drink up!
This purple powerhouse is chock-full of antioxidant goodness. We’ve packed a wide variety of produce into this cocktail. Blueberries and acai berries contain anthocyanins and quercetin, which help reduce inflammation and may help sharpen mental faculties. Tomatoes contain lycopene, which may help reduce the risk of cancer. Pineapples and oranges add a tart hit of fiber and vitamin C!
Yes, lemon is full of Vitamin C (which is why hot water and lemon first thing in the morning is wonderful), but Moringa is the real star here, serving up 22 percent of our recommended daily amount. Moringa has been called “The Miracle Tree” because of its unusually high nutritional value and healing abilities, containing 19 essential amino acids, calcium, potassium and Vitamin A. If you need more Vitamin K (which is important for bone health) in your life, one serving of swiss chard has 300 percent of the recommended daily value. And ginger is perfect for lowering inflammation and easing a slightly gassy stomach.
Chocolate Maca Malt
Maca, a root grown in the mountains of Peru, gives this smoothie a superfood boost that is matched only by its deliciousness. Rich in vitamins C and E, as well as B vitamins, calcium, zinc, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, and amino acids, Maca really brings it all to the table.
Native to China, lychee fruit has a delicately sweet taste (once it’s peeled), and is full of potassium and vitamin C -- vital nutrients for sustained energy. Lychee also has B vitamins, which help our bodies turn food into energy. Iron and vitamin K from spinach, fiber from pear, more vitamin C and vitamin A from a nectarine, and healthy fat and protein from almonds make this smoothie a healthy, balanced breakfast that will keep you upbeat and invigorated all day long!
Sweet Potato Glow
Full of potassium, iron, and B6, sweet potatoes contain a super healthy dose of vitamin C, which is essential for collagen production (a structural protein that gives skin its youthful elasticity). Camu camu, which has the highest amount of vitamin C per serving out of any other food, provides even more collagen-boosting effects, along with a brightening orange and some pineapple. Add some flaxseed to this skinalicious smoothie for fiber and Omega-3s, and you have a drink that will keep you glowing -- and going -- through even the busiest of days.
Low in sugar, calories and fat, this smoothie may be light, but it’s filled with enough vitamins and fiber to help wake you up and get you going! Zucchini, apple, lime and strawberries all have a healthy serving of fiber and vitamin C, and maqui berries are jam-packed with antioxidants. If you’re looking for a refreshing, hydrating drink, this smoothie is perfect! It’s also a great one to pour into popsicle molds and enjoy on a hot afternoon.
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.
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.
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