The popularity of Smoothies and Juices continues to grow, it became a major trend within the health world and it shows no sign of disappearing anytime soon. More and more people are including these healthy power-packed drinks in their daily routine and for good reason too! Here are some sure start reasons why you should be joining in on the action:
Easy way to get your 5-a-day
Eating the daily recommended amount of fruit and veg can be a daunting task for most people. Blending these foods can make it a lot easier to consume and meet your body’s nutritional needs.
Quick and Easy to prepare
As simple as 1, 2, 3. All you need is your blender/juicer, the fruit or veg or your choice and a base, for example, water, milk, yogurt, etc.
Banished those cravings
Smoothies and Juices are able to help stop cravings as you can tailor your smoothie to combat that particular craving. Perhaps you’re craving sweet things? – Try a pineapple banana smoothie, the fruit is very sweet and should satisfy that nagging sweet tooth.
The choice is yours!
The possibilities are endless (well almost). Both Smoothies and Juices allow your more creative side to shine. Have fun with it and experiment!
Energy and Immunity boosters
Smoothies and Juices are both powerhouses of vitamins and minerals which will help strengthen your immune system and give you that extra boost of energy for the day.
Knowledge is power
As you are creating the smoothie/juice, you know exactly what goes into it – unlike those mass produced from the store where companies may put anything in it to extend the lifespan of the fruit.
Now you’re all motivated to add smoothies and/or juices to your routine, here are some mouth-watering, vitamin-packed Smoothies and Juices to start you on your journey to better health!
Perfect for a hot summer’s day for those in need of a cool down and a citrus-packed start to the morning!
You will need:
1 navel orange, peeled
¼ Tsp vanilla extract
2 Tbsp frozen orange juice concentrate
¼ c fat-free half-and-half or fat-free yogurt
4 ice cubes
Combine the orange, half-and-half or yogurt, orange juice concentrate, vanilla, and ice cubes. Process until desired consistency.
Happy Heart Smoothie
Combining fruit and vegetables together to create a smoothie with a powerful vitamin-packed punch. This smoothie is sure to keep your body and heart happy.
You will need:
2 small, raw beetroots (peeled & chopped)
1 small apple (peeled, quartered & cored)
1 Tbsp grated ginger
300 ml water
Instructions: Combine the prepared beetroot, blueberries, apple and ginger in a blender and add water. Process until smooth.
Love your greens? Well is THIS the smoothie for you! Combining the top healthy greens into one easy smoothie, complimented with a hint of coconut and milk; surely a smoothie lover’s diamond in the rough.
2 celery sticks
1 handful of spinach
100g broccoli florets (chopped)
4 Tbsp desiccated coconut
300 ml rice milk
¼ Tsp Spirulina or 1 scoop of powder protein
Instructions: Add prepared ingredients into blender and process until smooth.
Zinga-Zing-Zing Ginger Juice
Fancy a Juice that packs a punch? – look no further! The combination of the carrots and apple aid with taming the ginger’s spice but be warned, you will still get that ginger-kick! Trust us!
2 apples (quartered)
½ inch ginger
¼ lemon (to avoid bitterness, peel first)
Instructions: Add the freshly prepared carrots, apple, ginger, and lemon into the compartment and juice away!
Up the Ante(-oxidant) Juice
Berries are a familiar ground for those lovely antioxidants. This smoothie will most definitely help mop up those nasty oxidants lurking in your body and help give your body a kick-start in the morning.
You will need:
1 cup blueberries
2 medium beets, cut into quarters and the greens
1 cup halved, hulled strawberries
Instructions: Combine all the prepared fruit and veg into the juicer and go on and juice-up.