Recently I have been on a bit of a health kick. I always try and maintain a mostly healthy lifestyle (except for my occasional weakness for pizza and fries) but I’ve wanted to integrate more smoothies and green juices into my daily routine. I bought the NutriBullet, plan on ordering fruits and veggies more regularly from Fresh Direct and am even embarking on a 12 week workout plan. We will see how it all goes, but as I am getting older, I see no reason not to be in great shape inside and out, you know? And seeing that I have all the resources at my finger tips, there really is no excuse in my mind. I would like to start sharing more health and fitness posts on the blog, so I’m aiming to do so once a week. Would you guys be into that? I would also LOVE to hear what types of smoothies and juices you guys are into – the more creative, the better! xo
1. Green Recovery Smoothie
Celery and banana are rich in the electrolytes Sodium and Potassium (which you loose when you sweat). Together with the proteins in the hemp powder and nut butter, they are the perfect ingredients in a recovery drink. Keep hydrated and drink this Green Recovery Smoothie after a workout for best result.
1 celery stem with leaves
1 ripe banana, peeled
1 kiwi, peeled
1/2 avocado, stoned
1 lime, juice
1 tbsp hemp protein powder, optional
1 tbsp almond butter or soaked almonds
1 cup coconut water or plant milk of your choice
Mix all ingredients in a blender with a few ice cubes until smooth.
2. Be Better Beetroot & Strawberry Smoothie
Nitrogen rich vegetables like beetroots increases the blood flow to the muscles, which means that you get more energy and better performance when you are working out. Cool right!?
1 handful frozen strawberries
1 raw beetroot, peeled (shredded if you don’t have a high-speed blender)
3 tbsp pomegranate seeds
2 tbsp dried goji berries, optional
2 fresh dates, pitted
2 tbsp chia seeds or flax seeds
1 inch fresh ginger or 1/2 tsp ground ginger
1 pinch ground vanilla or extract
1 cup almond milk or plant milk of your choice
Mix all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Add more liquid if it feels too thick.
3. Super C Anti-Inflammatory Smoothie
Vitamin C is found in citrus fruit, rosehip and mango, and is in fact a strong antioxidant, helping repair and protect the cells in our bodies. Turmeric has highly anti-inflammatory and healing properties. Add 1 tsp to your daily routine.
1 mango, peeled and stoned
1/2 orange, peeled
1 raw carrot (shredded if you don’t have a high–speed blender)
1 handful soaked cashew nuts
1 tsp ground turmeric
1 tsp bee pollen, optional
1 tsp rosehip powder, optional
1/2 cup coconut milk
1/2 cup water
Mix all ingredients in blender with a few ice cubes until smooth.
Image and Recipe Credits:
After going down a healthy-smoothie-recipe-pinhole, I came across this amazing site called Green Kitchen Stories and snagged a few of their recipes and photos (all shown above). Although I am not a tried and true vegetarian, yet tend to eat that way generally, if you happen to be and are looking for a plethora of amazing recipes, you should definitely check out this site. It’s pretty impressive and creative, with beautiful photography.