Spring and summer are the perfect seasons to incorporate smoothies into your diet. They can be both refreshing and nourishing. A simple smoothie can provide nutritional benefits that your diet may lack. The following three smoothie recipes each have separate benefits, in addition to what they each provide.
Green Power Smoothie
Combine 1 cup chopped spinach, 1 banana, 1 scoop vanilla protein and 1 cup of grapes, preferably red, into a blender. Blend all ingredients until smooth. Both grapes and spinach are packed with antioxidants. They are also both known to fight cancer, improve vision and lower cholesterol. Additionally, spinach is known to boost the immune system. This particular smoothie is also a great way to sneak in some greens.
Simple Mango Smoothie
To make this delicious smoothie simply add 1 cup Mango, ½ cup Yogurt and 1 scoop vanilla protein powder to a blender and blend thoroughly. Protein powder is optional and simply added for extra protein and flavor. Mangos are considered a super fruit and are packed with cancer fighting properties. They are also very high in potassium and therefore a great way to add extra potassium to your diet.
Strawberry Banana Cream Smoothie
Combine 1 cup strawberries, 1 scoop vanilla protein powder and 1 banana in a blender and blend until smooth. Strawberries are known to fight cancer, boost the immune system and reduce the development of wrinkles. Bananas are naturally high in iron.
Try to use fresh ingredients for all of these smoothie recipes; however in a pinch you can certainly use frozen fruits or vegetables. Canned fruits should in general always be avoided; canning breaks down nutrient qualities and often has added sugars. Enjoy all three of these recipes and know with each drink you’re improving your health.