5 Healthy Smoothie Recipes
With the coming of shopping marts like Shoprite and Spar we have options of fruits and vegetables for those great health drinks. As we focus on health this week, here are smoothies for different reasons and all of them healthy. From boosting immunity to detoxifying, here are 5 healthy smoothie recipes.
This smoothie is a natural immunity booster. For any green smoothie, ginger being added has great health pluses. Ginger aids in digestion and is a natural detoxifier. It could aid in alleviating pain (menstrual, arthritic and more). It’s like an all-natural ibuprofen, immunity booster, and anti-inflammatory.
2 cups of spinach
2 cups coconut milk
½ an inch of peeled fresh ginger
½ tsp ground cinnamon
Blend both the coconut milk and spinach until smooth. Add the bananas, cinnamon and ginger, and blend again.
Tips: Start small with the ginger if you are not accustomed to using fresh ginger. Ginger is good if you feel you are coming down with a cold.
2 ½ cups coconut water or water
2 green apples with the skin (if you are using a normal blender, grate the apple)
1 cup of baby spinach
1 medium lemon (peel, seed and quarter it)
½ medium cucumber (chopped)
1 tsp minced ginger
1 cup ice cubes
You could add: Pinch of cayenne pepper
Put all of the ingredients (apart from the ice cubes) into your blender and set it on high for about 1 minute, until smooth. Then, add the ice and put the blender on for a few more seconds.
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Banana Ginger Smoothie
This helps with digestion, nausea, heartburn, and other stomach trouble due to the fresh ginger in it.
1 banana, sliced
¾ cups of vanilla yogurt
1 Tbsp honey
½ tsp freshly grated ginger
Put the banana, ginger, yogurt, and honey in the blender and blend till smooth.
This is a good stress relieving drink. Pineapple is rich in vitamin B6. This vitamin is a great immunity booster. Coconut water helps with re-hydration.
2 cups fresh spinach
1 cup of fresh coconut water
1 orange (peel and pith it)
2 cups chopped mango
1 cups chopped pineapple
f ½ lime and 2 lime slices for garnish
Put the spinach, orange, and coconut water in a blender and blend until smooth. Blend once more after adding the mango, pineapple, and lime juice. After pouring it out garnish each with a slice of lime.
· Good Green Tea Smoothie
This smoothie is rich with grapes, spinach, avocado, and green tea. A bit of honey is added for sweetness.
- 3 cups frozen white grapes
- 2 full cups of baby spinach (Spar or Shoprite)
- 1 1/2 cups strong brewed green tea
- 1 medium ripe avocado
- 2 teaspoons honey
Put the grapes, honey, spinach, avocado and green tea in a blender; blend till very smooth.
Tip: Do not steep green tea for more than 3 minutes; if not it will be bitter.