Incorporate these smoothies into your daily routine for a much needed pick-me-up!
Berries, apple and lettuce
The antioxidants in berries help fight chronic diseases, as well as cancer and and adding berries to smoothies has also be known to help reduce risk of heart attack.
Not only are apples filling and sweet but they are good source of vitamin C which is a great boost to your immune system. It is believed that the antioxidants in apples, as well as pectin, a type of fibre, helps to aid weight loss and lower cholesterol.
Lettuce is great in smoothies as it only has 12 calories per cup and contains fibre and cellulose which helps digestion. It contains vitamin C and as is eaten raw it provides many micro nutrients that you wouldn’t find in cooked foods.
Peach, mango and spinach
Peaches make you feel full, and contain no fat, meaning that the small amount of calories in each one (50 calories) can be consumed with no regrets. Peaches are also great sources of vitamin A and C and contains an antioxidant that helps prevent cancer. It also helps to cleanse your kidneys and bladder.
Keep you cholesterol in check with high levels of vitamin C and fibre in mangoes, which also help to aid weight loss as they make you feel fuller and can boost digestive function. Great for your immune system, mangoes also contain vitamin A and several other kinds of carotenoids (huh?) that keep your healthy.
Spinach is believed to increase vitality, improve the quality of your blood, restore energy and is a good source of vitamin K, A and C, as well as manganese, magnesium, iron and vitamin B2. Spinach also helps to maintain bone health and contains iron which plays an important role in your body, as it is key to the function of red blood cells.
Strawberry, banana, avocado, spinach and broccoli
Burn stored fat with strawberries as they contain anthocyanins which stimulates the fat, and they also can help with your short term memory as it provides a much need lift. A great source of potassium and magnesium, they also promote bone health and have anti-aging properties such as antioxidant ellagic acid which stops skin from sagging.
Due to high levels of tryptophan (yeah I need to learn these fancy words too) these yellow lovelies help with depression as they transmit happiness throughout the brain. Bananas are great sources of energy and help sustain blood sugar, as well as helping to counteract calcium loss and improve moods. They also lower blood pressure and aids digestion.
Pop an avocado into your smoothie and enjoy the benefits of good fat! As well as being extremely nutritious, they contain vitamin C, B5, B6, E and K, folate and potassium within just 160 calories. Each avocado is 15g of healthy fat and contains no sodium, and is low in saturated fat, packed with fibre and has very low levels of carbohydrates.
There are lots of powerful antioxidants in broccoli, from carotenoids lutein (again, huh?) and zaexanthin (I give up), as well as beta-carotene, all of which are great for you. Broccoli is a ‘smart carb’ and is high in fibre, which aids digestion and also is rich in protein, so it is a great smoothie companion.