Fruit and vegetable smoothies are an easy way to nourish your body with essential nutrients. The best way to know the exact ingredients in your smoothie is to make them yourself. All you need is a blender, fruit and a base, such as water, milk or yogurt. Adding smoothies to your everyday regimen can be a delicious way to flush fat and toxins from your body and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Here are 5 delectable ways to sip your way to good health…
Don’t let its pink-liciousness fool you. The berries turn on detoxifying enzymes and ginger stimulates digestion in this recipe from Prevention Food Director Lori Powell.
1 cup frozen unsweetened raspberries
3/4 cup chilled unsweetened almond or rice milk
1/4 cup frozen pitted unsweetened cherries or raspberries
1 1/2 Tbsp honey
2 tsp finely grated fresh ginger
1 tsp ground flaxseed
1-2 tsp fresh lemon juice
COMBINE all ingredients in blender, adding lemon juice to taste.
PUREE until smooth.
NUTRITION (per serving): 112 cal, 1 g protein, 26 g carb, 3 g fiber, 1.5 g fat, 0 g sat fat, 56 mg sodium
Powerful detox action masquerades as another delicious shake from Prevention’s Lori Powell (it’s pictured here with the Berry Breakfast Smoothie.) The celery and parsley that contribute to its bright green color are diuretics that help rinse toxins from your system. Kale and mango are superfoods bursting with nutrition that support your cleanse.
PREP TIME: 15 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 15 minutes
1¼ cups chopped kale leaves (stems and tough rib removed), preferably Lacinato (also known as dinosaur)
1¼ cups frozen cubed mango
2 medium ribs celery, chopped
1 cup chilled fresh tangerine or orange juice
¼ cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
¼ cup chopped fresh mint
Treat your tummy to a healthy dose of probiotics, found in tangy kefir.
1 cup papaya
1 cup coconut kefir, coconut yogurt or cultured coconut milk
juice from ½ lime
1 tbsp raw honey
BLEND all ingredients.
NUTRITION (per serving): 160 cal, 3 g protein, 39 g carbs, 5 g fiber, 0.5 g fat, 0 g sat fat, 56 mg
This gluten-free smoothie is packed with antioxidants.
1 cup almond milk (or milk of choice)
¼ cup blueberries
1 frozen banana
3 Tbsp ginger juice
BLEND all ingredients together in VitaMix.
This hearty, spicy drink fills you up when your tummy is grumbling. “Celery’s fabulous phytochemical, phthalide, makes this veggie a heart helper,” Carr says. “Phthalide relaxes the smooth muscles of the arteries, which helps to lower blood pressure.”
3 large tomatoes
2 red bell peppers
4 cloves garlic
4 stalks celery
1 cup watercress
1 cup loosely packed spinach
1 red jalapeño, seeded (optional)
WASH and prep all ingredients.
JUICE all ingredients.