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6 Super Healthy Smoothie Recipes

6 Super Healthy Smoothie Recipes

I am an absolute smoothie fanatic. I wanted to share some of my top tips, benefits and best ingredients for different types of healthy smoothies. I’ll also give you some recipes so you are able to create a delicious, nutritious smoothie for any purpose. We all know that smoothies can be a great way of injecting some zesty, healthy, essential nutrients into our bodies. But no one really tells you why or how it actually benefits your body.

How do I make sure my healthy smoothie is healthy?

We need to start by deciding what our smoothie’s purpose is. Is it a breakfast? Do I want it to refuel my body after a workout? Depending on how you want your smoothie to serve your body will allow you to choose healthy ingredients to serve this purpose. You can make sure that your smoothie is healthy by following a basic content recipe detailed below. Try to avoid adding ingredients for the sake of it and think about the purpose of your smoothie. If you’re having a smoothie for breakfast, it’s key quality needs to be that it is filling in order for you to feel satisfied and not snack until the next meal. Whereas if you want a healthy snack, it’s more important to fill it with the nutrients you want than to ensure it is filling. Super food smoothies are a great guarantee for a healthy smoothie.

What makes a smoothie unhealthy?

Ingredients that are full of artificial sugars (also known as added sugars) such sweetened fruit juice and chocolate spread in high volumes are not healthy. However, we do need sugars in our diet and this is where our ‘healthy sugars’ come in. Although ingredients such as strawberries, cherries and mangoes are high in sugar, it is perfectly ok to add these as the sugars are naturally occurring. TOP TIP: look for natural ways to sweeten your smoothie using fruits rather than honey or spreads.

Healthy Smoothie Sugar Ingredients

Banana – loaded with soluble fibre and potassium also great source of vitamin C
Coconut Water – contains natural sugars and aids healthy digestion
Cinnamon – contains natural sweetness, adds a kick, is also an anti-inflammatory and a great immunity booster.
Dates – packed with minerals and potassium and adds a sweetness to your smoothie

Smoothie’s can have all sorts of health benefits depending on the ingredients you use. For example, the objective of your smoothie could be to help on your weight loss journey, energise you, boost your metabolism or help build muscle. You should be able to find below various ingredients to help you achieve whatever goal you’re striving for with a smoothie!

Ingredients with Major Health Benefits for a Healthy Smoothie

Kale – low calories and antioxidant with inflammatory properties
Spinach – packed with vitamins but can’t really taste in smoothies
Natural Yoghurt – protein rich without the added calories
Cucumber – totally hydrating as its’ 95% water, detoxifies and helps with kidney and liver function
Lemon – cleansing agent and cuts through bitterness of greens in smoothies
Banana – adds creaminess, provides satiety and is rich in potassium and fibre for energy
Turmeric – anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant which can help with natural healing
Ginger – aids digestion and supports the immune system
Chai & Flax Seeds – rich in omega 3
Mint – helps to relieve cramping, bloating and reduces toxin build up.

You can find some more superfood ingredients and their benefits here

Healthy Smoothie with Major Health Benefits

Below are 6 recipes for smoothies that have various health benefits. The ingredients will help the body in different ways and I’ve also given a brief explanation of each health kick the ingredients add. They all taste delicious and you know that what you’re consuming is full of goodness and great nutritional value.

Natural Glow

This smoothie contains ingredients that benefit your skin. If you’re looking for a smoothie that can give you some extra hydration and protection for your skin then this is the one!

Apple and Fig Refresh

Ever have problems with bloating or digestion? If so, this smoothie can help because its ingredients are stacked with sources of fibre and antioxidants that will help to reduce this feeling.
Yoghurt – contains probotics (good bacteria) that live in the digestive tract, they improve digestion and keep the gut healthy. Probotics also help with digestive issues like bloating, constipation and diarrhoea.
Apples – pectin (soluble fibre) helps increase stool bulk and movement through the digestive tract. They can also help decrease inflammation in the colon.
Chai seeds – a great source of fibre and they promote healthy bacteria in the gut to aid digestion.
Ginger – helps to move food quicker from stomach to small intestine and so easing the side effects of slow digestion.
Figs – delicious and sweet, full of fibre and antioxidants.
Orange juice?

Tropical Immunity Boost

The health benefits of this smoothie include increasing your bodies ability to fight infection and heal itself. The ingredients will help to boost the immune system and keep it healthy.
Citrus Fruits – aid the production of white blood cells, which are key to fighting infection.
Turmeric – increases immutiomodulating capacity of the body and contains anti-bacterial agents.

Banana & Nut Energy Boost

This smoothie will help you feel ready to go in no time. As it is packed with all the nutrients that the body can quickly use as energy
Banana – great source of carbohydrates, potassium and vitamin B6 which boost your bodies energy levels.
Nuts – high in calories and filled with an abundance of protein, carbohydrates and healthy fats so the body uses as a slow release of energy.
Oats – contains beta-glucan
Yoghurt – the carbohydrate properties in yoghurt help with the formation of simple sugars which are broken own easily and then become ready-to-use energy.
Pumpkin seeds – high in plant based omega 3 (an important source of stored energy).

Nutrition Boost

If you’re looking for something to simply boost some goodness into your body. Then this is a good option for you. The ingredients will have various health benefits on your body and it’s a smoothie you can’t go wrong with.

Zingy Detox

This smoothie will help to reset the body and encourage out any toxins that are present. Then refilling and refuelling the body with the nutrients it needs.
Lemon – Full of vitamin C and antioxidants, so it’s alkaline effect helps to restore the bodies pH balance.
Ginger – Helps to settle the stomach because it aids digestion and helps with the reduction of bloating and gas.
Beetroot – Supports the liver in detoxification and provides a high amount of nutrients including magnesium, iron and vitamin C.
Grapefruit – Packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
Blackberries/Blueberries – have anti-viral properties to block toxins from the brain.

6 Smoothies with Major Health Benefits

Here are 6 recipes for smoothies that will have major health benefits on your body. They'll help with the hydration of your skin, the health of your gut and your energy levels. Choose a smoothie for a boost in the area you want to improve.
Prep Time 3 mins
Cook Time 2 mins
Course Drinks
Servings 1

Equipment

  • Blender

Ingredients
  

Natural Glow Smoothie

  • 1 Avocado
  • 1/2 cup Walnuts
  • 1/2 cup Red Grapes
  • 1 Kiwi
  • 1/4 cup Strawberries
  • 1/2 cup Mango
  • 1/2 tsp Nutmeg

Apple & Fig Refresh

  • 1 cup Greek Yoghurt
  • 1 Apple dice and cored
  • 1/2 tsp Chai Seeds
  • 1/4 tsp Ginger
  • 2 Figs
  • 50ml Fresh Orange Juice

Tropical Immunity Boost

  • 1/2 Lemon freshly squeezed
  • 1/2 Grapefruit freshly squeezed
  • 1 cup Watermelon
  • 1/2 tsp Turmuric
  • 1 Orange

Banana & Nut Energiser

  • 1 Banana
  • 1/2 cup Nut almond, walnut, cashew
  • 1 cup Oats
  • 1 cup Greek Yoghurt
  • 1 tbsp Pumpkin Seeds

Zingy Detox

  • 1/2 Lemon freshly squeezed
  • 1/2 tsp Ginger
  • 2 Beetroot
  • 1/2 Grapefruit freshly squeezed
  • 1 cup Blackberries/Blueberries

Instructions
 

  • Add all ingredients to the blender and blend until smooth.
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