Guest post by Corey Walden
Good nutrition can be hard to get in our busy modern lives, especially when the best healthy foods require cooking which means time and ingredients! However, getting great nutrients while having fantastic flavor can be easy by injecting vitality into your day and your life with these fantastic smoothies. There are several ingredients you can add to each of these smoothies to further increase the fantastic superfoods and nutrients you are getting, and there will often be variation to fit for taste or whatever you are trying to achieve with your nutrition.
Ground flax seed, flax or hemp oil, wheat germ, spirulina, a probiotic juice mix (try Good Belly), are all fantastic nutritional supplements to any of these beverages. Coconut water will add electrolytes and a hemp powder will give you a good dose of protein, especially for breakfast and recovery smoothies! A sprig of kale, spinach, or many herbs can really push you towards lifelong vitality, a cup at a time!
1: Morning Vitality Mixer
This nutrient packed smoothie is the perfect way to start your morning, filled with vitamins, minerals, electrolytes, antioxidants, and other fantastic nutrients. It is thicker and more filling, easily taking the place of your breakfast. Simply blend and enjoy!
- 1 banana
- ½ orange
- 1 cup mixed berries (frozen if you want it thicker instead of using ice)
- 1 to 1.5 cups milk alternative (almond milk for thicker, rice milk for thinner, soy is in the middle)
- ½ cup probiotic juice blend (green or berry blends)
- 1 scoop (approx. 30grams) Hemp protein powder
- 1 tablespoon ground flax seed
- 1 tablespoon wheat germ
- 1 teaspoon spirulina
- 1 teaspoon hemp or flax seed oil
2: Antioxidant Power House
Drink regularly for life long health and protection from various disease risk. This is a mix of delicious fruit and will help you thrive!
- 1 cup mixed berries (Make sure these include blueberries!)
- ½ cup currants (any color)
- 1 kiwi, skinned (eat the skin after removing the hair, just don’t blend it in!)
- ½ orange or 2 tangerines, peeled
- 1 leaf kale
- ½ to 1 cup milk alternative
3: Immune and Allergy Booster
This health boosting mixture will help a lagging immune system when you think you may be getting sick, and includes some honey to help with allergy symptoms. The honey has to be local (within 100 miles), raw (not pasteurized) and unfiltered to have these benefits, however.
- 2 celery stalks
- 3 carrots
- 1 clove of raw garlic
- 1 inch ginger root, peeled
- 1 large handful of spinach
- 1 lemon, peeled
- 1 teaspoon local, raw, unfiltered honey
- cayenne pepper or Sriracha sauce to taste
4. “Iron Maiden” Juice
This juice is a replenishing and restoring concoction for women who are feeling weak or run down/depleted after menstruating or child birth. Take once a day a few days before menstruating or for a week or more before child birth to build up mineral stores to prepare yourself better as well! Together these ingredients will help cleanse your liver and replenish your stores of iron (which is lost during blood loss).
- 2 large beets, peeled
- 2 carrots
- 1 small apple, peeled and cored
- 1 handful of spinach
- 1/4 cup of water or coconut water
5. Super Green Juice
This is packed with natural vibrancy endowing green ingredients that will help you thrive! Densely packed with an incredible amount of nutrients, antioxidants and healing properties, this is definitely a daily elixir for health and wellness. Add a scoop of hemp powder for a healthy green dose of protein!
- 5 celery stalks
- ½ avocado for creaminess
- 1 large handful of kale
- 1 small handful of spinach
- 8-12 stalks of flat leaf parsley
- 1 lemon, peeled and sectioned
- 1 cucumber, peeled and sliced
- 1 teaspoon maca
- ½ teaspoon matcha green tea (optional)
- ½ teaspoon spirulina
About the Author:
Corey Walden is a licensed personal trainer dedicated to improving people’s health and quality of life. With a focus on preventing injuries, correcting misalignments and diet advice, Corey strives to improve people’s lives. Corey is also a writer for a Home Remedies site where he helps answer questions about natural treatments for common ailments.