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What you should be adding into your smoothie

Thinking of eating a little healthier can be as easy as blending up your favorite fruits and vegetables. Smoothies offer lower calories and higher fiber than juicing which can be 600-900 calories per serving. Here's a few popular fruits and vegetables to add to your next smoothie.

 

 

Fruits

  • Acai Berry  Acai Berry has antioxidants in them to help you lose weight and keep it off

  • Bananas - Bananas are a rich source of fructooligosaccharide, a compound that nourishes probiotic (friendly) bacteria in the colon.

  • Blackberries- Blackberries feature ellagic acid, a powerful antioxidant which has been proven to shield our skin from harm by ultraviolet.

  • Blueberries - Blueberries slow down the natural aging process in the brain

  • Green Apples The green apple's firm flesh is a good source of fiber, which aids in digestion and regularizes bowel movements.

  • Kiwi-  Kiwis have about the same levels as bananas but only half the calories - making kiwifruit an excellent low sodium, increased potassium source 

  • Lemons -Lemons are known for its therapeutic property since generations, lemon helps to strengthen your immunity system and cleanses your stomach.

  • Mango -  Mangos reduce the risk of certain forms of cancer, improve lung function, and reduce complications associated with diabetes.

  • Oranges- Oranges  contains an impressive list of essential nutrients, vitamins, minerals for normal growth and development and overall well-being.

  • Peaches -  Peaches are known to offer protection from lung and oral cavity cancers.

  • Pineapples - Pineapple fruit contains a proteolytic enzyme bromelain that digests food by breaking down protein.

  • Raspberries - Antioxidant compounds in these berries have potential health benefits against cancer, aging, inflammation, and neuro-degenerative diseases.

  • Red Apples - Apples are the second most important of all fruits sold in the supermarket, ranking next to bananas.

  • Red Grapefruit - Weight loss is attributed to naringin, a component of grapefruit that blocks fat cells.

  • Strawberries - They give you whiter teeth and increase memory.

  • Tomatoes -  Tomatoes contain lycopene prevents skin damage from ultra-violet (UV) rays and offers protection from skin cancer.

  • Watermelon - Watermelon boosts energy level and May Enhance Sexual Function

Vegetables 

  

  • Carrots - Carrots help reduce cholesterol, prevention from heart attacks, warding off certain cancers 

  • Cucumbers - Cucumbers have a mild diuretic property probably due to their high water and potassium content, which helps in checking weight gain and high blood pressure.

  • Ginger - Ginger is known to be one of the oldest remedies known to the herbal and aromatic traditions, especially in China, India, and the Middle East. 

  • Kale - Kale is rich in vitamin K and has a potential role in bone health by promoting osteotrophic (bone formation and strengthening) activity.

  • Spinach - Spinach is an excellent source of more than 20 different measurable nutrients, including dietary fiber, calcium and protein. And yet, 1 cup has only 40 calories! 

  

Bases for your next smoothie

  

  • Apple Cider - It is said to be a natural reducer of bad cholesterol.

  • Coconut Water - This juice is packed with simple sugar, electrolytes, and minerals to replenish hydration levels in the body.

  • Orange Juice - Orange juice is the richest source of vitamin C and you can fulfill your daily value of vitamin C by just drinking a single serving of orange juice.

  • Soy Milk - This is a great alternative of choice for many who suffer from lactose intolerance or milk allergies, and has been touted as a more healthful alternative to regular milk. 

  • Whole Milk - If you're dieting, the lower-fat option is an easy way to save a few calories. When it comes to building muscle, though, whole milk may be your best choice

  • Peanut Butter - In addition to building metabolism-boosting muscles, protein-rich foods like peanut butter keep you feeling fuller for longer. 

  • Almond Milk - This milk is higher in calcium and lower in calories than whole milk.

Other additives to consider 

  

  • Echinacea - Echinacea wards off colds and flu if taken when symptoms first appear and speeds healing of existing infections.

  • Ginseng - Ginseng has been shown to elevate mood, increase energy, and give a positive sense of well being to those who supplement.

  • Malt Powder - If you are trying to lose weight, you should mix malted milk powder with skim milk rather than whole milk or reduced-fat milk.

  • Soy Protein - This is a good option to boost the protein in your drink and help balance out the sugars from fruits and veggies.  

  • Spirulina - Spirulina has been found to have significant positive effects on people suffering from type 2 diabetes.

  • Whey Protein - Whey protein helps maintain a healthy body composition, fight off chronic diseases and can help you improve your emotional health.

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