Smoothies have an enormous amount of health benefits. When making a raw smoothie, you break up the surface area of some of the vegetables and fruits. This helps your body to more easily assimilate some of the nutrients. That’s an extreme health benefit.
Smoothies can increase energy levels and improve skin tone. They can give you a power-packed punch of nutrients that will help any sort of system function better. A high-quality smoothie allows you to blend lots of nutrient-dense ingredients into one drink. I like to think of a smoothie as a one-stop-shop for optimal health and fitness.
The following smoothie recipes are geared towards boosting your energy levels, metabolism, and fat-burning potential. When you are looking to boost your overall health and lose weight you need proper nutrition.
So in this article, I am going to share the best delicious smoothie recipes. That is perfect for nighttime. For those nights when you don’t feel like cooking dinner and you want to eat something light, delicious and nutritious. These smoothies will help grant you relief of inflammation, cleanse your stomach, better sleep, and also help you to have good digestion.
For this smoothie, we need one cup of frozen berries. These are high in vitamin C, low in sugar, and also high in antioxidants. Two tablespoons of almond butter which is going to be healthy fat. One scoop of chocolate-flavored protein. And to sweeten it up we need one date, ¼ teaspoon of sea salt, which is going to help balance out the flavors and also add some essential minerals to the smoothie. To blend the smoothie, we need 2 cups of milk of your choice or you can also use water.
The frozen berries with the almond butter and the chocolate protein, this combination is very good.
- One Cup Frozen Berries
- Two Tablespoons Almond Butter
- One scoop Chocolate Flavored Protein
- One Date
- ¼ Teaspoon Sea Salt
- 2 cup Milk
The first ingredient is obviously going to be banana. We need half a banana and bananas have tryptophan that helps your brain naturally produce melatonin and magnesium as well. If you are deficient in magnesium it can also lead to poor sleep. So we will have a half banana. Half cups of raw oats that are also rich in tryptophan and oats have slow-digesting carbs that help your brain to produce relaxing serotonin as well.
A little pinch of cinnamon will help our digestion and will help curb any cravings for sweets. A little pinch of sea salt will add essential minerals and will smooth the smoothie to balance the flavors. And one cup of milk of your choice. Finally, one scoop of protein powder of vanilla flavor.
- Half Banana
- Half Cup Raw Oats
- Little Pinch of Cinnamon
- Little Pinch of Sea Salt
- One Cup Milk
- One Scoop Vanilla Flavor Protein
For this smoothie, we will need 3/4 cup frozen strawberries and one cup of mixed greens. Juice of half lemon and half of the avocado. A little pinch of sea salt. And a teaspoon or more of the raw honey. Raw honey will help you to have a deeper sleep. If you don’t have raw honey, then you can use dates. Finally, a cup of water. This is a salad smoothie because we have many green ingredients.
- ¾ Cup Frozen Strawberries
- One Cup Mixed Greens
- Half Lemon Juice
- Half Avocado
- Little Pinch of Sea Salt
- 1 or 2 Teaspoon of Raw Honey
- 1 Cup Water
Fruit Greenie Smoothie
Refreshing, delicious, and full of antioxidants, this smoothie will be one of your favorites if you like a drink that’s light and mildly fruity. It’s easy to make, so grab it on your way out the door instead of skipping meals! And you can also drink it at dinner time.
- 2 kiwis, peeled
- 1 small bunch of wheatgrass
- 4 medium strawberries, capped
- 1/2 cucumber, quartered
Blend all ingredients and drink immediately. If you want a drink that you can take for lunch, toss in 1/2 lemon to help avoid oxidation. These flavors pair well here.
What Green Smoothies have Special?
You’ve probably seen other people drinking them—glasses of what appear to be pureed yard clippings. Before you turn your nose up at the idea, let’s get a few things straight. To begin with, the only reason it’s called a green smoothie is that something in it makes it green. That doesn’t necessarily mean spinach: remember that delicious produce such as apples, grapes, kiwi, and cucumbers are green as well. You can use other fruits and vegetables, too. A smoothie made from kiwi, cucumbers, bananas, and oranges is still a green smoothie—just look at the color!
We already know that smoothies are good for our health and we have discussed different kinds of smoothies but green smoothies really take it to the next nutritional level. The element that makes them green is in fact at the heart of what makes them so beneficial for our health: chlorophyll. This is the green pigment responsible for signaling photosynthesis, the process that uses light to convert water and carbon dioxide into glucose, the plant’s energy source.
The reason many professionals think chlorophyll is so good for humans is that it’s nearly identical to hemoglobin, the part of your blood that transports oxygen. It hasn’t yet been proven that chlorophyll provides the same functions as hemoglobin, but preliminary research strongly suggests it.
Chlorophyll offers several other health benefits as well, including:
- Acting as an antioxidant to protect you from free radical damage
- Boosting your body’s healing abilities
- Improving your skin tone
- Increasing alkalinity
- Preventing brain fog
- Providing steady levels of energy
- Removing heavy metals from your blood
- Stabilizing blood sugar
- Supporting weight loss
The thing about chlorophyll is that it’s damaged or even destroyed by the cooking process. Once the produce loses that bright green color and turns olive, you’ve already lost all of the chlorophyll’s health benefits, so drinking smoothies is a perfect way to ensure you’re getting all of the good things your greens have to offer!
Apple Ginger Smoothie
Here we have a smoothie recipe that will melt stubborn body fat, especially stubborn belly fat. We only need two ingredients to make this fat-loss smoothie. The process of this smoothie is a little bit different. You will see a reduction of two to three inches around your belly area in just a week. It is super effective and super economical too.
The first ingredient for this smoothie will be an apple. Apple is one of the best fruits for weight loss. You can choose any variant of apples such as green, red, organic, or non-organic. But make sure to wash it properly before use. So next is to roughly cut the apple in either large or small bits with the skin on. The skin has a lot of fiber present in the pulp on the skin. Which lowers LDL cholesterol, body weight and boosts digestion. Apples are low in calories and regulate our blood sugar.
The next ingredient we need is fresh ginger. We need around half an inch of ginger. Peel and cut it into thin slices. If you like you use it with the skin, then simply wash it before using. Ginger increases fat breakdown, surpasses appetite, and blocks fat absorption. It also lowers cholesterol, keeps blood sugar under control, and enhances immunity.
How to Make?
Take a saucepan and add one cup of water. Then add apple pieces and ginger slices and turn on the heat. Cover it with the lid and let the water boil for 4-5 minutes. Then turn off the heat and take off the lid. Let the water cool off a bit, don’t let it entirely cool off as you need to consume this drink warm. Also do not discard the water that is what will be used to make a drink.
Now take a blender and shift the water along with boiled apple and ginger slices. Blend it until you get a smooth mix and it shouldn’t take more than 30 sec. And bedtime weight loss smoothie is ready. You need to drink this in 1 – 2 hours after dinner and 30 minutes before you sleep.
This drink will reduce visceral belly fat with zero side effects. And will also metabolize the body fat while you will be asleep. Within a few days, you see drastic changes like body fat percentage is going down. You will also have better digestion, immunity, and fewer food cravings. All these factors will lead you to better and healthy weight loss.
This bedtime drink is safe for all except for those who are allergic to apples or ginger. Some people often wake up hungry. but the drink will solve this problem too. It will keep you full after you wake up and not leave you miserable looking for food.
Fresh or Frozen Fruit?
Fresh is always the best as far as optimal nutrition goes. Plus, the taste is extraordinary compared to frozen. The benefits of frozen, however, are still incredible. The old saying about the levels of nutrition is: fresh is best, then frozen, then canned. Frozen fruit in a smoothie is a tradition that will never die and there’s no need for it to go away. Frozen fruit keeps your smoothie cool and makes it thicker.
Smoothies or Juices: What is the Better Choice?
First of all, what is the difference between a juice and a smoothie? The juice is a drink that contains the liquid from its ingredients, usually fruits and vegetables. It does not contain the fiber of the ingredients. A Smoothie, on the other hand, is simply a mixture of blended ingredients. Check out the pros and cons of both smoothies and juices:
- Easy to make and delicious
- Provides a concentrated dose of nutrients
- Some ingredients taste better without fiber
- Juicing machine cleanup can Be messy
- Juices lose their nutrients quickly after preparation
- Juicing machines have limited uses and can be expensive
- Quick and delicious
- The blender used to make smoothies can Be used for many other kitchen tasks
- Smoothies contain fiber which helps them keep from spoiling or losing nutrients
- They fill you up
- It’s easier to add supplements to them like protein powder
- Since vegetables are often avoided in smoothies (although this does not have to be the case), most fruit smoothies contain a lot of sugar
- Excessive fiber may not always be suitable for those suffering from certain digestive issues.
So as you can see there are many benefits of both smoothies and juices, depending on what you are trying to achieve. Juices are a great way to get a quick dose of body-cleansing nutrients to you, while smoothies are more satisfying in the long run. This is why I prefer smoothies the vast majority of the time. In a busy lifestyle, most people opt for a healthful, quick, and easy solution to satisfy their hunger.
Why Drink Smoothies?
Healthy smoothies are perfect for body cleansing, rejuvenation, and restoration. Desiring to be healthy, maintaining ideal body weight and feeling energized are very good reasons why anyone would want to start a healthy smoothie drinking habit.
Which Smoothie Should I Make First?
I recommend you start your smoothie regime with a green smoothie. As I mentioned the benefits of green smoothies are that these are best for cleansing and detoxification of the body. It makes better sense to cleanse and nourish. But whatever smoothie recipe you choose from this article is totally up to you. Usually, first-timers start with fruity smoothies and then move on to the ones with both fruits and vegetables.
How Do I Use These Smoothies to Lose Weight?
Many people (myself included) have lost weight using these smoothies. Depending on how fast you want to lose weight, the weight-loss method may vary. If you want to take things slow, you may use a weight loss smoothie to replace a meal such as breakfast, lunch, or dinner. To make things easier and flexible, you should choose to replace a meal at a time most convenient for you (morning, midday, or evening). You can do this meal replacement daily until you begin to see the results that you are looking for.
What to Do If You Don’t Like the Smoothie?
First off, if you don’t want to use fruits and vegetables in your smoothies, this smoothie post is not for you. Depending on the ingredients and your taste palate, some smoothies may seem a bit sweet, not sweet enough, a bit tangy, or not creamy enough. If the smoothie seems too sweet, you may add a teaspoon of lemon or lime juice, add more ice, or add a little water.
Smoothie is not sweet enough? you may add healthier sweeteners such as honey, maple syrup, agave nectar, stevia, dates, and other high-sugar fruits. If your smoothie is too tangy, you may use neutralizing fruits like bananas or mangos and a tablespoon of your favorite protein powder. For added creaminess, you may add fruits like avocados or just simply add some yogurt.
Smoothie Preparation Tips for you
Make a shopping list and go shopping for specific recipe ingredients that you do not have at home. Whenever you go shopping, always choose fresh (organic is best) produce and buy a little extra wherever possible. Always gather, prepare and portion out the recipe ingredients for the smoothie that you want to make. Remember to always wash your produce. Follow the recipe directions carefully. If you need added sweetness, you should add, blend and taste, rather than adding it all at once. Clean up immediately or as soon as you can.