Healthy Smoothie Recipes
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Making some healthy smoothie recipes can really increase your energy levels and help you get fitter and healthier. What's so good about fruit or veggie smoothies, and why should you make some healthy smoothies. Lets look into this a little closer.
Our bodies need a lot of vitamins, minerals, and electrolytes for optimal energy levels. As we age, our bodies need to be fed more of these, as the dreaded ticking clock of aging slowly but surely causes our bodies to produce less and less of these nutrients that we need. Add to this the harm done to our bodies just by the fact of living - the spread of oxidation from consuming food, the rigors of experiencing stress, the toxins that we take in from being exposed to chemicals in plastics or processed foods, the accidents and injuries that we endure that never quite heal perfectly. We really need to get an abundance of those nutrients to stave off aging and illness, and to extend our longevity. We need that energy boost and that flushing out of toxins.
But it's very difficult to get all of the daily nutrients that we should from eating fruits and veggies. Some people just aren't much for snacking. Others really don't have the time to eat enough, as they have highly active lifestyles. Others of us just never did like the taste of most veggies. Healthy smoothie recipes help us overcome all of these obstacles.
When we blend together different juices from fruits and veggies, we can make something tasty to drink even if we aren't keen on vegetables (kind of like people who hate tomatoes but love ketchup, spaghetti sauce, and pizza sauce). If we prepare our healthy smoothie recipes when we have some free time and we're just watching a DVD, we have our stock of nutrients in advance, and all we have to do is drink them down at the right times. For athletes, drinking smoothies gets the nutrients into the body without causing them cramps, plus it helps keep them hydrated. Healthy smoothie recipes can be a meal replacement for those trying to lose weight. If you're trying to cut back on your sugar intake, make yourself a sweet fruit smoothie to replace that chocolate bar.
Here are a couple of healthy smoothie recipes that you can try out to get you started.
GABBY REECE'S HEALTHY FRUIT SMOOTHIE
Gabrielle Reece is one of the leading female volleyball players in the world, and so hot that she was featured in Playboy magazine. This is her breakfast and/or a snack in between workouts.
- 1 cup rice or almond milk
- 1 banana
- 1 scoop vitamin C powder (Gabby prefers Catie's Organics Vitamin C plus)
- 1 scoop water-soluble greens (Gabby prefers Catie's Organic Greens)
- 2 scoops protein powder (Gabby prefers Muscle Milk® Light in chocolate or vanilla)
- 3 tablespoons flax seed meal
- 1 cup frozen berries
- 1 cup ice
- Optional: 1 teaspoon almond butter
Mix everything together in a blender until thick and creamy.
WILD BERRY BOOST
This recipe comes from the Cytosport company, makers of Muscle Milk®. (Note: Muscle Milk contains zero milk. It's just a name.)
- 2 scoops vanilla Muscle Milk powder
- 8 raspberries
- 4 strawberries
- 15 blueberries
- 16 ounces almond milk
- 1/2 cup ice cubes
Mix all ingredients in blender until thick and creamy.