Raspberries have so many wonderful benefits– they boost your metabolism, are high in antioxidants, keep your glucose levels low, are a source of fiber and are high in vitamin c. This time of year, adding them to smoothies, salads, or having as a snack is a great way to ward off the cold and flu. If you’re trying to keep your weight in balance, raspberries can be very helpful.
Check out my easy recipe and video for a delicious raspberry metabolism boosting smoothie!
I’ve always wanted to try dragon fruit in a smoothie, but dragon fruit is pretty pricey. I recently found out many grocery stores carry it in the frozen aisle, and it is a lot more affordable this way.
Some of the health benefits of eating this super fruit are:
Over the last year I have had a surprising amount of people tell me they just can’t get into green smoothies because of the color. I would hate for people to miss out on the nutrients, so I created this delicious drink which has so much rich color added, it masks the green! Before this, I never put rainbow chard in my smoothie. I’m usually partial to baby spinach because it blends up so smoothly. If you haven’t seen it before, it’s a hearty leafy green with red veins and stalks. It is really beautiful!
Blood oranges are my currently obsession, so I couldn’t leave those out.
To make this smoothie you will need:
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1/4 cup frozen mango
1 tsp fresh ginger
1 blood orange
1 tbsp flaxseed meal
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1 cup shredded rainbow chard
This morning I woke with the intent to drink my variation of the Master Cleanse– I do warm water, the juice of half a lemon, and two dashes of cayenne. Basically, I leave out the maple syrup. An hour later, I go and enjoy breakfast. The cleansing properties of the lemon, cayenne, and warm water are often enough to help me feel energized, and give myself a little reboot if I ate anything I shouldn’t have. I decided to convert this into a green smoothie, and I’m sharing because it was absolutely delicious! It’s always awesome when you choose function over flavor, but end up with good flavor anyway. Imagine that same drink cold, with fruit and a little greens. I hope you try it!
Green smoothies are a trend of which I am a huge fan. In my kitchen, they will be sticking around. They provide an excellent way to achieve the recommended daily intake of fruits and veggies. The awesome thing about adding greens is that you cannot taste them. The flavor of fruit like bananas tend to overpower the smoothie with sweetness.
If you just can’t bring yourself to drink a smoothie that’s green or convince your children, add a small handful of berries to the blender. The smoothie will then take on a darker richer color and further mask the greens. Whatever you do, do not leave out your leafy greens. I love the salad like the next person, but to take in that amount of raw fruits and veggies is exhausting! Just think about with all of that chewing.
This green smoothie is full-bodied in flavor, creamy, and very thick. It’s one of my favorite ways to make a green smoothie. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! Take a look at the video below for the recipe.
Have you noticed the green drink craze lately? I don’t know when it started, but I think people would juice everything in their fridge if they could! It’s not a bad craze, though since most people have a tough time getting their recommended amount of fruit and veggies each day. I personally do not have a juicer, just a blender. This works just great for me, and I can gain all the same benefits without missing the fiber.
Long ago when I discovered dark leafy greens could be added to blended drinks with no detected flavor, I was amazed! This drink is all about boosting the metabolism and detoxing. Kale is rich in vitamin A and C, and ginger has wonderful anti-inflammatory properties as well as the ability to fight the common cold and flu. Look up all the benefits yourself for more info. You will be amazed! You can tweak the recipe to be more to your liking, but I added no additional sugar to it. I was going only for benefits and not so much for a desserty-tasting drink. It was citrusy and creamy, since I added protein powder.
6 to 8 ice cubes
Protein powder (optional)
3/4 cup filtered water
2 cups chopped kale
1/2 cucumber (Peel unless you have a super nice blender)
1 tbsp chopped ginger
1/2 lime juice
It yielded about 20 oz, and was 153 calories with my unsweetened soy vanilla protein powder. Watch me make the smoothie here: