Whether you’re looking to shed those extra holiday pounds, or you simply want to start 2022 with a clean slate, smoothies could very well be one of the best tools available. Smoothies are an effortless way to mix and combine ingredients that you might not necessarily like to create flavorful combos you’ll enjoy.
They also help you keep your calories in check while making you feel full for hours on end when they are packed with protein. To help you detox after the holidays and keep your body and mind in top shape, here are several smoothie recipes to add to your menu.
Go green with spinach
We all know that fruits and veggies are essential for a strong immune system. But they are also pivotal in your battle against those unwanted love handles as well as cleansing your body from all the unhealthy compounds you’re likely consuming.
For a powerful green smoothie, go with these ingredients:
- One banana for sweetness and density, but also for its potassium content
- Plenty of spinach – loaded with calcium, iron, folate, as well as healthy fiber
- Some milk, and if you’re lactose-intolerant, a plant-based variety can help
- For extra calories, you can add a nut butter of your choice
For a tropical day of cleansing
For the sake of getting your daily dose of vitamins and minerals, you can treat kiwis and pineapples as the base of this smoothie. To add even more fiber and sneak in some veggies, here are some ingredients to add:
- Celery stalks for its vitamins A, C, and K content
- One or two cups of spinach
- Some spirulina
- A carrot
- Pineapple also works splendidly with berries and dates, so get creative
Berries with protein for sustenance
Everyone loves a good berry smoothie! These colorful, aromatic smoothies are easy to prepare all year round, and you can mix them with protein powder to turn them into a post-workout beverage. Here are a few ideas for mixing berries and protein into a delicious treat:
- You can get a frozen berry mix or go with fresh berries such as blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries
- You can add some cherries if you like their sour taste
- Use a banana as the base for sweetness and flavor
- Add some chocolate protein powder to keep you going for hours
Some additional ingredients such as cinnamon can also enrich the flavor of your smoothie, while adding nuts and seeds for good measure means healthy fats as well as extra protein.
Creamy peach sunrise
Sometimes, your smoothie should also serve as a good breakfast option to pamper your gut and give you the perfect energy boost. Precisely because of its balanced sweetness and juicy texture, peaches and apricots are great for blending with other healthy ingredients in smoothies.
- A cup of Greek yogurt for a breakfast-worthy version
- Some oatmeal, or nuts and seeds
- Slices of peach or apricot, both fresh and frozen can work
- Add something green such as spinach or celery for extra vitamins
Filling and tasty avocado smoothies
Although they have a neutral, nutty flavor, avocados are truly a godsend for detoxifying your body while at the same time keeping you satiated. Their neutrality makes them the perfect base for smoothies, and you can use natural sweeteners such as honey, or fruits such as bananas.
- Slice up some mangos and pineapple
- Choose your favorite berries
- Add something green such as cucumber
- For some zest, add one half of lemon juice
Keep in mind that this smoothie is neutral to start, so you can turn it into a creamy treat no matter what you add: grapes, pears, apples, kale, you name it, avocado will make them taste like heaven in a cup.
With smoothies in your weekly menu, you’ll both give your immune system the support it needs to thrive during the flu season, but you’ll also help your body cleanse with ease. Should you come across any issues with defining your own menu, book a consultation with us to refine your nutrition and help you detox properly.