Smoothies have increased in popularity over the last decade and are widely available. Their appeal is largely down to their fruity flavour, creamy texture, attractive appearance and health benefits. Who can resist something that tastes great and does you good at the same time? They are seen as a healthy alternative to the mid-morning or mid-afternoon cuppa and enjoyed by children and adults alike. They contain no refined sugar, no saturated fats and no refined salts.
In this article we present our top three delicious smoothie recipes. They come in three vibrant colours – bright green, bright yellow and bright orange. You can get that tiny waist that you dream of whilst actually enjoying a healthy product. Many waist issues are caused by bloating and these healthy snacks will help to maintain digestive health and prevent bloating.
Totally healthy smoothies
Smoothies can be prepared with a mixture of fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds or superfoods. You can use fresh, frozen or concentrated fruit and can add dairy products or ice. To make your smoothie ultra-healthy you could use:
- low fat yogurt instead of milk or a plant-based products such a soya milk or rice milk. Organic versions of yogurts and milks work well.
- a sweetener which is not sugar. If the fruits are a little sharp you could use agave nectar, honey, or refined stevia extract.
- fresh fruit if it is available to you and organic fruit if you can afford it. You could even try and grow your own.
Why drink smoothies?
Smoothies are rich in vitamins, minerals and fibre and are highly nutritious. They contain hardly any fat and do not cause weight gain. They make you feel full up and stop you eating junk food – this also helps reduce your waistline.
They make a perfect midmorning or midafternoon snack, and can be jazzed up as an impressive finale at a dinner party! You could serve them in wide glasses or cups and swirl some coconut cream on top.
They are also very adaptable. You make them into what you want according to your taste. It’s a very useful way of getting younger children’s 5 a day inside them! If you are mad on exercise and need a high intake of protein you could add a superfood like spirulina or chlorella.
This ultra-healthy. green smoothie is rich in magnesium and fibre that will cleanse the body and act as a regulator for the nervous system. It’s almost like a liquid salad that you can have for breakfast and still enjoy. The avocado gives it a delicious creamy texture and all the essential fatty acids you need for the day.
- Fresh spinach
- Ripe banana
- Plant-based beverage or apple juice
- Agave nectar, honey or stevia
Blend the ingredients and serve in a wide glass. Decorate with an apple or banana slice.
This yellow smoothie improves your digestion and helps with fluid retention. It activates your metabolism and even helps with weight loss.
The refreshing, tropical, and slightly spicy taste is perfect for hot weather. To make it even creamier you could add some vegetable cream.
- One ripe pineapple
- Ginger juice or powdered ginger
- Powdered coconut
- Plant-based cream, from oatmeal, rice or coconut
- Purified stevia
If you want to use the pineapple rind as well as the flesh you should boil it for 15 minutes, then let cool for another 5 minutes. Blend all ingredients together and serve cold.
A great smoothie for those with intestinal problems such as bloating, constipation, diarrhea or colitis.
- Papaya (some seeds included, for anti-parasite properties)
- One mango
- Linseed (soaked in a bit of water overnight)
- Some sort of plant-based beverage
- Organic orange rind (use just a small piece)
- Agave syrup, honey or purified stevia
Blend the ingredients until you notice that the papaya seeds and linseed are well blended. Decorate with a bit of the orange peel, whole or diced up.