Now that spring has finally sprung, it’s time to add a few springtime fruits and vegetables to your diet. And what better way than with these 7 (plus 1) fresh, satisfying spring smoothie recipes to break your body out of its winter chains.
These easy, healthy smoothies are not only delicious, they only take a few minutes to whip together. They’re great for a breakfast on the go or anytime you’re just craving a cool refreshing treat.
So, break out your blender and try these fresh, delicious spring smoothie recipes the next time you’re craving a healthy, all-natural snack.
My daughter has been on a pomegranate kick of late, and I’m all for that. After all, the pomegranate has been called the “most powerful antioxidant of all fruits.” So she loves it, and it’s really good for her. That’s a no-brainer. Speaking of brains, berries are full of flavanols that help your brain flourish! Other ingredients include bananas, blueberries, Greek yogurt and honey.
This particular smoothie is a favorite. It features raspberries, which have strong antioxidants that help the body fight against heart and circulatory disease, cancer, and even age-related decline. Other ingredients include cherries, almond milk, oranges and vanilla.
But when I first starting trying to incorporate smoothies into my daily routine, I found it hard to keep fresh ingredients on hand. So I started cutting and freezing my bananas. It worked so well I made the switch to freezing other fruits and vegetables. Bananas are still my favorite ingredient, and this is my go-to smoothie recipe.
My daughter discovered she really likes chocolate soy milk. And she also really likes smoothies, so I was excited to find a recipe featuring chocolate soy milk. Because this recipe features both soy milk and peanut butter, I know it packs a protein punch. Other ingredients include bananas and honey.
hint: To freeze cantaloupe, just cut the melon into chunks, put the chunks on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper and stick them in the freezer. Once the cantaloupe chunks are frozen, put them in labeled freezer bags to use at a later date. Cantaloupes are an excellent source of vitamin A which is essential for healthy vision, and a good alternative source of vitamin C if you don’t tolerate citrus fruits well. Other ingredients include coconut milk and honey.
The taste of blackberries brings fond summer memories to mind of when I was younger. In addition to being delicious, blackberries are quite good for you. So when blackberries are in season, I buy lots and lots at the local farmer’s market. Other ingredients include Greek yogurt, apple juice, honey and bananas.
This red velvet cake smoothie is the ultimate confection to indulge both your inner child and your adult brain. It combines all the richness and flavor of a red velvet cake, the cold and creamy deliciousness of a milkshake, and the nutrition and fiber of a salad. Not to mention the circulation-boosting benefits of beets. So try this smoothie–and have your cake and eat it too (sort of). Ingredients include bananas, beets, walnuts, dates, spinach, cocoa powder, vanilla, and almond milk.
8-ish. Watermelon agua fresca
Ok, so this one isn’t exactly a smoothie. But it’s still wonderfully delicious and refreshing in the spring and summer. This recipe features watermelon, which is about 92 percent water; you’ll definitely quench your thirst and stay hydrated with this drink. What you may not realize, though, is that watermelons are nutrient-rich, too. Another great thing about watermelons is that, even though they are sweet, they have a very low glycemic load, which means you would need to eat a LOT to spike your blood sugar and lead to insulin resistance. That makes this water sweet, but much easier on blood sugar than sugary drinks.
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