Smoothies are a convenient, healthy and nutritious snack or meal replacement that can be enjoyed at any time of day. They’re much quicker to make than a salad, but can include just as many, if not more, of the vitamins and nutrients. Here are five ingredients to add to your next smoothie concoction. Don’t be afraid to be creative and experiment with this!
Spirulina is a vegetable similar to a form of blue-green algae that grows in both fresh and salt water. This little-known vegetable is packed with protein and vitamins including iron, as well as fatty acids and a host of other nutritional benefits.
Fruits and berries are common ingredients in smoothie recipes but if you haven’t started adding dark and leafy greens to your drinks, now’s the time to start. They are packed with nutrients, iron and protein. Popular leafy greens to include in smoothies are kale and spinach, but creative smoothie drinkers have branched out to include items such beetroots and celery with the leaves attached.
Another surprising addition to many smoothie recipes is cucumber. Cucumbers are primarily made up of water, so they have been known to help detoxify the digestive system and boost kidney and liver function. To get the most bang for your nutritional buck, be sure to leave the skins on when you include cucumber.
It only takes one scoop of plain Greek yogurt to add extra health benefits to your smoothie recipes. Aside from adding a creamy texture, plain Greek yogurt has a host of health benefits. Among these are probiotics which have been known to improve digestive health.
The hemp plant has historically been a source of nutrition for societies across the globe. In recent years, hemp has enjoyed a resurgence in popularity among health buffs. Hemp seeds are readily available and contain a rich palette of nutritional benefits. Like other seeds and nuts, hemp seeds contain high amounts of protein and fiber. They also have antioxidant benefits that can help the health of joints, the heart, and skin.
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