8 Game Changing Smoothie Recipes


Smoothies have been a staple amongst health and fitness junkies for years and with the ever growing list of new super-foods coming out, there’s no doubt the smoothie revolution is in full swing.

However with various fast food chains starting to offer so called “healthy smoothies”, we begin to question the health benefits and ingredients going to into these products.

If you’re into health and fitness and thinking about creating your very own smoothies from home, then there’s no better time to start.

You’ll reap the rewards by saving tons of money, you’ll have full control as to what goes into the blender and have various recipes to work with.

With these super-foods being packed with good sources of fats, proteins and essential vitamins and minerals, we can have endless combinations of delicious, mouth watering ingredients that will keep you full, have you bouncing around with energy and out the door within a few minutes of making them.

Here are 8 healthy smoothie recipes that will be sure to have you taste buds dancing and keep you on track of your health and fitness goals.



SPINACH & AVO SMOOTHIE


This super smoothie has over 20 essential health-boosting nutrients, is helpful for regulating your blood sugar levels and will help you absorb more antioxidants.


Ingredients:

1 cup plain yogurt

1 cup fresh spinach

1 frozen banana

¼ avocado

2 tablespoons water

1 teaspoon honey


Nutrition Per Serving:

357 calories; 8 g fat, 8 g fiber; 58 g carbohydrates; 18 g protein; 39 g sugars; 6 g Vitamin A; 34 mg vitamin C; 554 mg calcium; 3 mg iron; 238 mg sodium; 1,295 mg potassium



BANANA CACAO PROTEIN BOOST


Packed with iron, magnesium, potassium and fibre, this delicious smoothie will keep you full for hours and has huge amounts of antioxidants in it.


Ingredients:

1 frozen banana

1 tablespoon cacao nibs

1 tablespoon peanut butter

1 teaspoon chia seeds

1 cup of water and ice


Nutrition Per Serving:

Calories 225, Fat 3.6g, Carbohydrates 31.6g, Protein 8.1g, Sugar 13.6g, Fiber 7.9g, Sodium 7.5g



COCONUT DREAM


Boosting you in Omega 3, Calcium, Iron and fiber, this smoothie is an incredibly tasty combination and is great for the digestive system!


Ingredients:

¼ cup of coconut milk

1 tsp chia seeds

1 tbsp goji berries

½ frozen banana

½ cup of water and ice.


Nutrition Per Serving:

Calories 255, Fat 4.8g, Protein 6.4g, Carbohydrates 22.5g, Sugar 12.3g, Fiber 7.2g, Sodium 15.5



BLUEBERRY BUZZ


Giving you a big hit of antioxidants, this smoothie is really simple to make with only a few ingredients. Blueberries can help heart health, bone strength, skin health, blood pressure, diabetes management, cancer prevention, and mental health.


Ingredients:

¾ cup of greek yoghurt

¾ cup of blueberries

¼ cup of raspberries

¾ cup of water and ice


Nutrition Per Serving:

279 calories; 2 g fat, 7 g fiber, 56 g carbohydrates, 12 g protein, 46 g sugars, Vitamin A; 9 mg, vitamin C; 394 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 149 mg sodium; 719 mg potassium



PAPAYA ISLAND DELIGHT


Thick like a milkshake, this coconut infused, high protein smoothie will instantly give you that tropical feeling and is an island delight that is sure to please!

Papaya is rich in Vitamin C, Vitamin E and antioxidants like beta-carotene which helps prevent your skin from free radical damage. It also improves digestion, is great for your eyes and protects against arthritis.


Ingredients:

1 cup papaya, cut into chunks

1 cup plain greek yogurt

½ cup fresh pineapple chunks

½ c crushed ice

1 tsp coconut extract

1 tsp ground flaxseed


Nutrition Per Serving:

299 cals, 1.5 g fat, 0.1 g sat fat, 149 mg sodium, 64 g carbs, 44 g sugars, 7 g fiber, 13 g protein



MANGO MADNESS


Boosting the immune system, lowering cholesterol and clearing your skin are just a few benefits this smoothie has to offer. Pineapple contains nearly 75 percent of the daily-recommended value of the mineral manganese, which is essential in developing strong bones and connective tissue and the two fruits combined will boost the immune system, improve digestion and aid as an anti- inflammatory!


Ingredients:

1 lg ripe mango, peeled and chopped

1 cup juice-packed pineapple chunks

1 cup frozen greek yogurt

1 ripe banana, sliced

Crushed or cracked ice


Nutrition Per Serving:

251 cals, 0.5 g fat, 0.2 g sat fat, 68 mg sodium, 60 g carbs, 50 g sugars, 4 g fiber, 6.5 g protein



GREEN TEA, BLUEBERRY AND BANANA


Antioxidant-rich green tea makes this healthy smoothie a nutritional powerhouse boosting the immune system and offering a unique taste for those looking to branch out and try something new.


Ingredients:

3 Tbsp water

1 green tea bag

2 tsp honey

1½ c frozen blueberries

½ med banana

¾ c soy milk

1. Microwave water on high until steaming hot in a small bowl. Add tea bag and allow to brew 3 minutes. Remove tea bag. Stir honey into tea until it dissolves.

2. Combine berries, banana, and milk in a blender with ice crushing ability.

3. Add tea to blender. Blend ingredients on ice crush or highest setting until smooth. (Some blenders may require additional water to process the mixture.) Pour smoothie into tall glass and serve.


Nutrition Per Serving:

269 cals, 2.5 g fat, 0.2 g sat fat, 52 mg sodium, 63 g carbs, 38.5 g sugars, 8 g fiber, 3.5 g protein



LEAN GREEN DETOX MACHINE


Rich in antioxidants the greens in smoothies can significantly lower cholesterol and decrease your risk of heart attack or stroke. It can also boost your energy levels, improve digestion and boost the immune system significantly.


Ingredients:

1 apple cored [green preferred]

1 cup spinach

1 stalk celery

1/2 cucumber

1/2 cup almond milk unsweetened

1 tablespoon flax seed

Juice of 1 lemon

1 1/2 cups of ice


Nutrition Per Serving:

Calories 194Calories, Total Fat 6.2g, Sodium 171mg, Carbohydrates 34.1g, Fiber 9.7g, Sugars 17.6g, Protein 5.5g