GLOWING GREEN: FOUR BODY-BOOSTING GREEN SMOOTHIES

Sip your way to gorgeous skin, healthier hair, more energy, and a leaner, fitter body with these four fresh, nourishing and rejuvenating smoothies.

SPINACH + GREEN APPLE

Green Benefits: Spinach is brimming with vitamins A (beta-carotene), B, C, E, and K as well as other vital minerals and nutrients which help kick up your immune system, improve skin tone, zap collagen-degrading free radicals to fight aging, plus keep hair follicles healthy and scalp oils circulating. Research has shown that these nitrate-rich, leafy greens also increase the efficiency of the mitochondria that power your cells, leading to more efficient muscular performance. Aside from being a good source of slow-digesting carbs, which fill you up and offer long-lasting energy, green apples are chock-full of antioxidants. They also contain polyphenols, which have been found to increase endurance and strength and even promote fat loss, especially around the midsection.

Spinach and apple smoothies

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Ingredients:

  • 3 cups organic baby spinach
  • 1/2 medium organic green apple, seeded and chopped
  • 1/2 large organic banana, frozen
  • 2 tbsp. cacao nibs, raw
  • 2 cups organic unsweetened almond milk
  • Ice cubes, as needed

 

 

Protein Bump: Add 1/2 cup of egg whites, preferably from pastured-raised eggs, for an extra 7g of protein and only 32 calories per serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving): 172 calories, 4.5g protein, 23.9g carbohydrates, 8.8g sugar, 12.4g fiber, 7.2g fat

AVOCADO + CUCUMBER

Green Benefits: Avocados are rich in in vitamins A, C, E, and K, and boast a hefty dose of fiber and heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, both of which help regulate blood sugar levels and curb appetite. They also contain mannoheptulose, a sugar that blunts insulin release (to keep fat storage at bay and fat-burning turned up) and enhances the absorption of bone-building calcium. What’s more, its vitamin E content fights free radical damage, which can lead to fine lines and aging. The vitamin B found in cucumber provides a quick pick-me-up when energy levels are running low. Plus, they’re about 95 percent water, so they’ll help keep your body (and skin) hydrated and flush out nasty toxins.

Avocado Cucumber Smoothie

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Ingredients:

  • 1 medium Hass avocado, peeled, seeded and chopped
  • 1/2 large organic cucumber, chopped
  • 1 cup nonfat Greek yogurt, plain
  • 1/2 medium organic pear
  • 2 tsp bee pollen
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • Ice cubes, as needed

 

Nutrition Facts (per serving): 231 calories, 11.3g protein, 22.4g carbohydrates, 8.8g sugar, 6.4g fiber, 11.4g fat

AVOCADO + SPIRULINA

Green Benefits: Spirulina is about as nutrient dense as it gets. This water-grown blue-green algae contains all the essential amino acids, making it a complete (vegan-friendly) protein. It’s packed with super-high amounts of calcium and is rich in B vitamins, beta-carotene, omega 3s, vitamin E, manganese, iron, copper, selenium, and the list goes on. Plus, it’s high in chlorophyll, which mops up nasty toxins in your blood and boosts your immune system. Some studies have shown it ramps up muscular endurance too, helping you train harder for longer.

Avocado Spirulina Smoothie

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Ingredients:

  • 1 medium Hass avocado, peeled, seeded and chopped
  • 2 tsp spirulina
  • 1/2 medium organic green apple, seeded and chopped
  • 2 cups organic unsweetened almond milk
  • Ice cubes, as needed

 

Protein Bump: Add a scoop of vanilla whey protein isolate for an extra 12.5g protein and only 52 calories per serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving): 197.5 calories, 6.4 protein, 6.7g carbohydrates, 5g sugar, 9.4g fiber, 12.1g fat

KALE + BRUSSELS SPROUTS

Green Benefits: Kale is chock full of vitamins A, C, and K. It’s also a good source of fiber and minerals such as manganese, magnesium, potassium, calcium, and iron. Magnesium helps to keep blood sugar level, maintain normal muscle and nerve function, and support your immune system. Kale is also rich in carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin, which have been shown to protect your peepers from age-related degeneration. Brussels sprouts are not only teeming with vitamins C and K, folic acid, and hunger-curbing fiber, these sage-green buds are potent detoxifiers. Plus, their high flavonoid content shrinks inflammation.

Kale Brussels Sprout Smoothie

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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups kale, stems removed, cut and torn into pieces
  • 1 cup Brussels sprouts, chopped
  • 1/2 large organic banana, frozen
  • 2 tbsp organic hemp hearts
  • 2 cups coconut water
  • Ice cubes, as needed

 

 

Nutrition Facts (per serving): 185 calories, 9.2 protein, 28.3g carbohydrates, 11g sugar, 7.5g fiber, 5.5g fat

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