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.
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
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.