One Week of Smoothie Recipes for the Family to Enjoy

What better drink could quench your thirst than a glass of smoothie? Anyway, you can enjoy this any time of the day and there’s just so many delicious recipes that you can try out. So, if you are looking for something to jumpstart the week, something that’s toothy and healthy, our recipes are just the perfect drink for all to enjoy. If you don’t have any idea which one to prepare, we’ve got a guide here to keep you drinking these all-natural, healthy and yummy smoothies seven days a week!

7 Recipes for a Smoothie A Day!

Monday—Cucumber Honeydew Smoothie

honeydew melonThis summer, quench your thirst and get that refreshing feel with cucumber honeydew smoothie. You’ll need 1 piece of cucumber, 2 cups of cubed honeydew melon, 2 cups passion fruit, fresh mint, and crushed ice. Make sure the cucumber has been peeled, seeded and sliced before you combine it with all the ingredients in the blender. Blend until smooth and creamy and serve to quench your summer thirst.

Tuesday- Dairy Smoothie

honeyWhat better way to make your day complete and calcium-packed other than serving the family with a milky and creamy recipe. This perfect drink is rich in vitamins, minerals and nutrients and this recipe’s pretty flexible. You can mix this with almost any fruit to give you a unique and exciting taste. What you’ll need is half cap of nonfat milk, plain yogurt, peeled banana, sliced strawberry (or other fruit of your choice) and a teaspoon of honey. Mix all the ingredients inside the blender and serve on a warm day.

Wednesday- Fruity Smoothie

fruit smoothieBest for breakfast and a sure-fire energy booster, this all-in-one fruit smoothie is packed with all the vitamins and minerals that’ll keep you glowing all day. Perfect for busy-buddies, this tootie-fruity smoothie doesn’t take 10 minutes to prepare. You’ll need peeled and cubed bananas, blueberries, orange juice, honey or sugar and vanilla. You can actually substitute orange juice with soy milk if you want it that way. Add all the ingredients in the blender and mix. You vary the creaminess of the smoothie depending on what you want.

Thursday- Diet Smoothie

smooothies for weight lossWho says smoothies are only exclusive to fruits and vegetables? In fact, you can make your own diet smoothie packed with all the ingredients that are highly commended for their healthful benefits for the body. Out diet smoothie is made up of wheatgrass, garlic, celery and watercress. Make a juice out of these ingredients. Blend them together with ice and serve. Continue reading

Smoothies for Beautiful Skin

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Most people are aware that putting lotions and potions on their skin can help it to look clean, healthy and radiant. But did you know what you put into your body is equally important for glowing skin? Smoothies have taken the world by storm in recent years and offer a great way of keeping your skin looking bright and healthy and feeling soft and smooth.

How can smoothies help my skin?

beautiful clear skinSmoothies are packed full of vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants, which are incredibly beneficial for your skin.

Essential fatty acids found in olive oil, oily fish, nuts and avocadoes are brilliant for reducing swelling and puffiness, while antioxidants are great for keeping wrinkles and fine lines at bay.

Many ingredients commonly found in smoothies are also alkaline and enable the skin to release toxins.

One of the most common signs of a heavy night or generally feeling worn out is under eye circles and dark patches.

According to clinical nutritionist and self-confessed foodie, Kimberly Snyder, eating smoothies packed with vegetables that are high in natural sodium, including curly kale, spinach and celery, can help to banish dark circles, and adding radishes to your salad or popping them in your smoothie maker can add a noticeable glow to your complexion.

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Fruit smoothies can help you to improve your complexion by providing your skin with the essential nutrition it needs!

Smoothie for clear, radiant skin
Celebrity dietician and author, Ashley Koff, recommends a smoothie of hemp protein, organic blueberries, coconut water, dandelion greens, raw cacao powder and avocado for clear, bright skin. The blueberries, cacao and avocado are packed with antioxidants, the coconut water is full of potassium which keeps skin cells hydrated, and the dandelion greens are a natural detox for both the skin and the liver.

If you’re looking for a fruity recipe the mango yoghurt smoothie may be the ideal smoothie for you. Mango is full of vitamins, including vitamins B6, C and E and the added fish oil boosts the nutrient count by adding Omega-3 oils, which help to prevent acne and skin problems and increase the radiance of the skin. The recipe contains frozen mango chunks, orange juice, low-fat organic yoghurt, fish oil and organic mint and it helps to brighten the skin by regulating oil production and smoothing the texture of the skin. Continue reading

Why Smoothies Are Good For You!

[ad#Adsense Block Post Floats Right]If you know how to operate a blender (and let’s be honest it’s not the most complicated piece of equipment) making a smoothie is quick, easy and simple. It is for those exact reasons that smoothies are absolutely perfect for those with a busy schedule! With a lack of time or energy we usually cave and retreat back to fast food places, or over priced cafes, but the smoothie is a great alternative! Not only are you saving money but you’re also losing calories and getting essential goodness into your body – it’s a win win situation.

Consuming a well balanced diet shouldn’t be pushed aside; feeling tired and energy-less isn’t something to just adjust to, it’s a problem that can be addressed by incorporating vitamin enriched foods into your diet. This doesn’t have to mean a month long diet of solely raw vegetables, nuts and seeds. With a smoothie you can have your favourite delicious flavours, and still feel smug knowing you are one step closer to maintaining a healthier you.

Green smoothies have a wealth of health benefits!

green smoothies have many health benefitsI know what you’re thinking – anything that looks like that can’t taste nice – but you’d be surprised! Green smoothies digest well and are bursting with great nutritional value. High in antioxidants and phytonutrients, green smoothies help build up your natural defences, whilst also providing the essential substances to help maintain an optimum level of health.

Looking for more information about Green Smoothies?

In this article, My Top 4 Green Smoothies Recipe Books, I review my favorite four recipe books for making these at home.

In this article, Cleansing Smoothies, we talk about the cleansing benefits for the whole system of drinking them!

fruits and vegetablesGetting your five a day has never been so easy with a smoothie- get your daily requirement of vitamins and anti-oxidants in the form of a delicious and refreshing drink on the go! Fan of berries? Try a mixed berry smoothie; it’s calorie friendly, a good source of vitamins and full of anti-oxidants. Strawberries in particular are high in vitamin C, which is great for your immune system and contain flavonoids that help to prevent the risk of cancer. Continue reading

Enhancing Your Smoothie With Essential Oils

[ad#Adsense Block Post Floats Right]I tasted my first smoothie down in Patzcuaro, Mexico, in the open air market. I wouldn’t necessarily call it a health drink; it was what the local folks, milling around, gossiping, and shopping, got for a quick breakfast-on-the-go.

The vendor put a cup of raw milk in his blender, added a raw egg, a tablespoon of chocolate mole and another of sugar, a dash of salt, a drop of cinnamon essential oil, and a cut up banana. Chili powder was optional.

He churned it up good, poured it back and forth between two large silver cups with much bravado and some spillage, and then delivered it to the customer in half a coconut shell. I carefully watched a dozen people slurp this concoction up enthusiastically without clasping their throats in agony and collapsing, then cautiously ordered one for myself, sans the chili powder. It was delicious, and the cinnamon oil gave my mouth a tingle like I had just brushed my teeth!

Since then I have been hooked on trying out essential oils in my smoothies. Some have turned out great and some have . . . well, let’s just say that some experiments will not be repeated!

First of all, let’s cover the basics. Do you include ice in your smoothies or not?

I almost never do; if I want my smoothie to be icy cold I refrigerate the ingredients prior to use. In the case of bananas I actually put them in the freezer; they will keep quite well, without any freezer burn, for several months. When you are ready to use one for a smoothie simply pluck it out of the freezer, dip it in tepid water for 20 seconds, and the peel will slide right off.

My Italian Sherbet Smoothie

The one exception I make about ice is my Italian sherbet smoothie. I was hoping to found a family empire on my secret recipe, like the Orange Julius people did, but I guess in the interests of spreading smoothie knowledge to the whole human race I will reveal it here. Don’t bother with a Nobel prize; I haven’t got any room for the darn thing anyways!

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ice pellets make the perfect base for many delicious smoothies and are ideal for this Italian Sherbet recipe

I start with ice pellets, not ice cubes. I don’t know if they have ice pellets where you live, but here in Virginia we can pick up a bag of ice pellets at any store. It’s not crushed ice or shaved ice, it’s pellets of ice, and the reason they have it here in Virginia is to make Mint Juleps. So if you’d rather not learn how to make my very special Italian sherbet smoothie you can go get your pellets for a couple of Mint Juleps and let the whole thing slide. Fact of the matter is, I just might join you!

So place a cup of ice pellets in the blender, add half a cup of Turbinado sugar, a pinch of sea salt, the juice of half a fresh lemon, with a few curls of the peel as zest, and 2 drops of bergamot essential oil. Yes, I said bergamot – the same stuff your great grandmother smothered herself in before a hot date. Bergamot is actually a citrus fruit, although you’ll never see anyone eating one. But the distinctive odor goes well with lemon, and the Turbinado sugar seems to tame it to where it’s only a hint, not a threat, to your taste buds. Pulse it quickly, then blend for barely 20 seconds. Pour into molds and set in freezer for at least a half hour.

Editor’s Note:- If you live in the UK, you probably have not heard of Turbinado Sugar. Use Demerera instead, it is almost identical. Continue reading

Green Smoothies and Blended Salads

[ad#Adsense Block Post Floats Right]We all know that we should be eating more green vegetables in order to achieve optimal health.

Eating fresh vegetables is good for the health of our internal organs and of our skin.

But the vast majority of us don’t do this because we don’t like the taste, or the texture – (or both) of ‘greens’ dished up as cooked vegetables at meal times.

Here are two creative ways you could use your smoothie maker to boost your intake of green leafy vegetables in particular – and fruits and vegetables generally. You will find the recipes for green smoothies and blended salads simple to make, delicious to eat and will have a really beneficial effect on your health.

Make your own green smoothies.

Green smoothies are really delicious and so easy to make that you will wonder why you never tried them before!

Here are a couple of recipes to get you started. You can scale up the quantities depending on how servings you want to make and store any extra surplus mixture in the fridge in a covered container for several hours so you can enjoy it later in the day.

  • Easy spinach smoothie
    This is a simple one step recipe which is ready in no time. First peel an orange and peel, quarter and core three eating apples. Add these to your blender with two bananas peeled and cut into large chunks and two cups of fresh baby spinach leaves. This recipe is varied to taste by adding either half a cucumber (chopped into chunks) or a large cup of grated carrot. Whizz everything together and add a little more liquid if required once everything is smooth.
  • Romaine Lettuce

    Romaine lettuce makes a delicious green smoothie

    Romaine SmoothieThis recipe is so easy to make, just mix a cup of strawberries, two bananas cut into chunks and around half a cup of water or juice together.

    Blend until smooth before adding a good handful of Romaine lettuce leaves blend again until smooth. If the smoothie still seems a little thick at this point, you may want to add a little more water or juice.

Looking for more information about Green Smoothies?

Check our review of our favorite four Green Smoothies Recipe Bookshere.

Find out more about cleansing and detoxing your body here.

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