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:
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!
Berries are pretty amazing fruit! They help improve memory, they help slow down the cognitive decline that is usually associated with aging, they are low in sugar, and they taste delicious! There are so many more benefits, so I would encourage you to do your research and learn more!
1/4 cup frozen mango
1/4 cup frozen strawberries
1/4 cup frozen blueberries
1 teaspoon ginger paste
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon flaxseed meal
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
When my protein intake is too low, or when I work out very intensely, I have protein powder to give me more nutrients. Protein powder is great, because in one small drink I can add 20 or more grams of protein and with very few calories. The drawback though, is that as many powders as I’ve tried– the ones with the lowest sugar, do not taste very good. I’m always looking for healthy ways to mask the flavor. Before this, I never added lemon juice to a smoothie. The lemon was perfect! The flavor of this drink is a cross between strawberry lemonade and cheesecake. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
1/3 cup light coconut milk
1 serving of protein powder
1 and 1/2 cups of crushed ice
1/2 cup of strawberry halves
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1 tsp honey or alternative sweetener
1/2 tsp cinnamon
If you do not have crushed ice, simply add ice cubes to the blender first to crush. Next combine all ingredients and blend on high for 30 to 60 seconds, depending on the blender.
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