Smoothies are delicious and nutritious treats that let you indulge your sweet tooth and improve your physical health. There are countless combinations of fruits and veggies to try, so you don’t ever have to drink the same smoothie twice. You can also make substitutions for common smoothie ingredients to boost the nutritional content and cut down on calories. For instance, swap whole milk for skim, almond or soy options – the latter two even come in different flavors like vanilla and chocolate that can take your smoothie to the next level. If you want to make your smoothie sweeter, reach for honey or agave nectar and skip the sugar.The next time you’re craving a refreshing blended drink, try one of these fun recipes that each have beautifying properties for healthier hair and skin.
The Greenie Meanie
This smoothie recipe, adapted from PopSugar, is loaded with vitamin E, which promotes healthy skin. This recipe yields one serving.
2 cups baby spinach
1/4 ripe avocado
1/2 cup grapes (fresh or frozen)
1/2 cup strawberries (fresh or frozen)
1 tablespoon peanut or almond butter
1 teaspoon flaxmeal or chia seeds
1 cup water
Blend all the ingredients together and serve.
The Berry Berry Good Smoothie
Berry lovers are sure to enjoy this recipe, adapted from YouBeauty, especially with the added benefit of chia seeds. The Huffington Post reported these seeds contain lots of omega-3 fats and helps your body absorb nutrients like biotin that stimulate hair and nail growth.
1 orange, peeled and seeded
1 ripe banana
1/4 cup strawberries (fresh or frozen)
1/2 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
1/2 cup extra firm tofu
1/2 cup fat-free plain yogurt
Agave nectar to taste
Blend everything together, pour it into your favorite glass and enjoy.
The Green Tea Pick-Me-Up
Green tea has many benefits, as it is a natural and healthy source of energy. Plus, it’s loaded with antioxidants, which are great at helping to reduce the signs of wrinkles and aging. This smoothie variation of the classic brew from The Today Show’s Joy Bauer is a great way to wake up and get ready for a busy day.
1 bag green tea
1/2 cup hot water
1/2 cup nonfat vanilla yogurt
1 cup frozen mango chunks
3-5 ice cubes
This tasty concoction has one extra step. Before you can load your ingredients in the blender, you’ll need to make your green tea by steeping the bag in 4 ounces of hot water for three to five minutes. Once it has reached room temperature, it’s ready to pour into your blender.
The Smooth Monkey
Peanut butter and banana are loaded with protein and potassium, and combining the two for a treat is a great way to enjoy your snack. You can use low-sodium natural peanut butter or almond butter for a healthier variation, and there are plenty of ways to make this smoothie unique to your tastes.
1 ripe banana
1 tablespoon peanut butter
10 ounces low-fat, soy or almond milk
dark chocolate chips
Combine all of your chosen ingredients in a blender and pulse until smooth. Adding ice will make the smoothie thicker. Dark chocolate can add antioxidants, baby spinach is loaded with vitamin E, almonds are loaded with vitamins and other nutrients, and honey is a healthy way to make the drink a bit sweeter.
These recipes are all great jumping-off points to create a unique flavor. Don’t be afraid to experiment with these recipes to find a combination you really love. If you think a certain mixture will taste good, the best way to find out is to try it out. You might find some recipes don’t taste as good as others, but you’ll get to enjoy a plethora of smoothies while cultivating the perfect recipes.