Posts Tagged With: smoothies

Drink Your Greens!

Looking for a way to increase your intake of vegetables and fruits?  The best way to get your 5-9 servings a day is to make a refreshing smoothie!  Especially in the summer months, when the heat and the humidity are intense, a cold smoothie can cool you down while also providing a wonderful, nutritious kick.

A popular recipe at Thug Kitchen (www.thugkitchen.com), this green smoothie is sure to not disappoint!

Spinach Cooler

2 cups spinach
2 frozen bananas
1 cup cucumber chopped and skinned
4 medium pineapple chunks (optional)
1 cup coconut water or tap
1/4 cup orange juice
1 tablespoon flax oil (optional)
6-8 mint leaves (optional)

Blend. Add pineapple to sweeten if desired.

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Perfect Watermelon Smoothie!

5477182828_0a6dbebf1e_qWith summer just around the corner, thoughts of beaches, pools, relaxing in the park come to mind, as well as juicy fruits and ices.  Why not indulge in something cold and refreshing but still healthy and packed with vitamins!  Below you will find a recipe, courtesy of Prevention Magazine, for a watermelon smoothie, full of Vitamin C and lycopene, a cancer fighting nutrient.  Click here to get the recipe and nutritional content.

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Healthy Smoothies to Beat the Summer Heat!

Smoothies made with fruit and vegetables are an excellent way to get your daily dose of vitamins, minerals and fiber, especially when they are in peak season.  However, many smoothies found in malls, restaurants and street fairs are made with milk, added sugar and ice cream, which adds additional calories and fat.

To make a healthy smoothie that packs a nutritional punch, click here to find easy to follow recipes made with fruits, vegetables and fat free dairy:

Top 5 Smoothie Add-Ins

Keep these smoothie staples on hand for an easy and intense nutrition boost:

1. Hemp seeds: Vegan protein source with a mild, nutty flavor.

2. Flaxseed: Rich in fiber, protein, and omega-3s.

3. Wheat germ: One gram of dietary fiber per tablespoon.

4. Sunflower seeds: Use shelled seeds for a boost of copper, magnesium, and selenium.

5. Chia seeds: Fiber-loaded and protein-rich to control blood sugar; take on flavor of other ingredients.

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