Three Organic Smoothie Ideas

 

Smoothies are a great way to get healthy and lose weight whether you are incorporating them as a permanent part of your diet, or if you are simply trying to cleanse yourself from the toxins you have built up over the course of several years. Before you simply choose a smoothie however, you need to consider what you are trying to accomplish. To be clear, that thing you buy at McDonalds really isn’t a smoothie. One of the greatest ingredients in smoothies today is superfoods, which is a name that tends to be thrown around quite a bit, but what is a super food and how does it help you?

Organic Smoothie Ideas

Understanding Super Foods?

Superfoods are those foods that deliver vital nutrients, vitamins, and minerals along with phytonutrients which do far more than just feed our cells. Superfoods are packed with compounds that our bodies need, such as antioxidants, vitamins, phytonutrients, and several others that go above and beyond, ensuring our bodies get exactly what they need. Some of the most popular additives to smoothies include:

  • Acerola
  • Cherry
  • Maa
  • Cacao
  • Spirulina
  • Coconut Oil

These superfoods can be added to anything, and they are especially popular in smoothies. Let’s take a look at three smoothie ideas that you can use to start your day, or use as a pick-me-up for lunchtime.

The Banana-Ginger Smoothie

This is a great recipe if you want to fix problems with digestion along with other issues. In this recipe, along with the obvious banana, you will find ginger, yogurt, and of course, honey.

Soothe digestion, heartburn, nausea, and other stomach trouble with the fresh ginger in this natural remedy smoothie recipe.

1 Tablespoon honey
1 Sliced Banana
½ teaspoon ginger
¾ cups of vanilla yogurt

Once you have the ingredients in order, the recipe is pretty simple, all you need to do is throw them into a blender or smoothie maker and blend until the concoction is perfectly smooth.

Berry Smoothie w/ Pomegranate

If you’re looking for a treat, this is one loaded with cottage cheese, banana, and pomegranate juice. You simply can’t go wrong, and it only takes about five minutes.

1/2 cup of cottage cheese (you can use either fat or non-fat, completely up to you)
1/2 cup of water
1 cup of pomegranate juice
2 cups of frozen berries(mixed)
1 banana (any size)

Once you have all of the ingredients collected, place them in a blender and blend until smooth. Keep in mind that this recipe will make two servings, so be sure to save one for lunch!

The Ultimate Breakfast Smoothie

We spoke of antioxidants earlier in the article, and this smoothie is an outstanding example. Eat it any time of the day and reap the benefits!

3 Tablespoons water
1½ cup frozen of blueberries
2 tsp honey
1 green tea bag
½  banana
¾ cup of vanilla soy milk

Mix these ingredients together, serve, and enjoy.

Just because it’s a smoothie doesn’t mean it has to be bland or unenjoyable. Stay healthy, but stimulate your tastebuds – they could use it!

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Building the Ultimate Super Smoothie

Dessert... healthy beverage... could it actually be the same? Smoothie's are all the rage these days – a quick and easy option to get the nutrients the body needs while actually enjoying it! You do have to be careful though, because overloading these frosty beverages with sugar is all too common and not very beneficial. The best idea is to learn how to create a super smoothie and to stick with the formula to create consistently healthy and delicious drinks.

Choose Your Produce

Nobody really forgets about the fruit, it's where all the sugar comes from. People do tend to forget to add a veggie. This is a vital mistake. For your super smoothie, you'll want to add 1-2 fruits (depending on how sweet you want it), and 1-2 veggies. Keep in mind that most veggies won't alter over power the sweet taste from the fruit. Great options for both? Bananas will give you great taste and are a great source of fiber; berries will add a tart flavor and are great sources of antioxidants. Spinach and kale are great leafy green options that will boost immunity and aid provide dozens of added nutritional value.

Building the Ultimate Super Smoothie

Choose Your Base

You're not eating ice cream, and you're not drinking a juice; you'll need to add the right base to get it to a creamy texture that's just how you like it. Do this with items that add value, not take it away. Almond milk, coconut milk and water are great options to thin it out. You'll also want to add to the creaminess (and thicken it up) by adding things like your favorite nut butter, greek yogurt, ice cubes, and chia seeds.

Choose Some Added Flavor

If fruit alone doesn't quite cut it for you, you're welcome to add some flavor for your smoothie. Honey, maple syrup, cinnamon, figs and vanilla extract are all wonderful options for flavor, where just a little goes a long way. Be careful not to overload your smoothie, as these options all contain vast amounts of sugar. In small quantities, they're fine. In larger amounts, they negate the health benefits of your smoothie.

Choose Your Boost

To take your smoothie from healthy to super healthy, you'll need to add some highly nutritious super foods. Different foods will provide different benefits, so figure out what your motive is. Are you recovering after a tough workout? Are you wanting to boost your immune system? Looking for an extra source of omega-3 fatty acids, or trying to calm inflammation? Try protein powder, goji berries, fish oil or flax seeds, respectively. These items are huge health boosts for your body, and can be sneaked right into a smoothie without any detection in taste. Why not?

Creating super smoothies has never been easier, healthier or more delicious when you follow the simple formula of picking your produce, a base, a flavor and a boost.

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5 Green Detox Drinks You Have to Try

Detox DrinksThough human kidneys are designed to naturally detox our bodies, consuming detox drinks is considered to be more than just a wise idea. This is because such drinks help in enabling it to function better, supplies our bodies with nutrients that's its craving and, gives our digestive system a break from constantly breaking and digesting food. Though you may already have a favorite green juice, smoothie or tea, here are 5 green detox drinks you have to try:

1) Green Goddess:

With parsley being one of the key ingredients, green goddess is a great diuretic drink hence perfect to have when you are feeling bloated or have other digestive-related problems. This drink further aids in fighting cancer for the glycoglycerolipids present in spinach have anti-cancer properties and not mentioning the presence of Vitamins A and C which promotes healthy skin.

To make green goddess, you'll need spinach leaves, stalk celery, parsley and cucumber. Put all of these ingredients in a blender and puree till smooth.

2) Matcha ATCHA GREEN TEA LATTE:

Drinking matcha green tea latte, which basically consists of powdered green tea leaves, is bound to instantly give you a kick of energy with no caffeine overload. It also contains abundant amounts of antioxidants hence, helps in reducing inflammation and boosting one's immunity.

To make some, heat a cupful of unsweetened vanilla almond milk to 165 degrees, put some matcha powder in a mug, pour a quarter cupful of almond milk, whisk till frothy and then, add the remaining almond milk.

3) TROPICAL GREENS DELIGHT:

What makes this drink exceptional is its ability to enhance the absorption of iron as well as increase one's metabolic rate. This only happens when one combines a pineapple with spinach, lime and cayenne pepper.

Tropical greens delight is made by combining frozen mango and pineapple chunks with unsweetened coconut water, leafy greens such as collard greens and/or spinach, lime juice and cayenne pepper before blending them till smooth or for about one minute.

4) BERRY GREEN BLISS:

Berry green bliss is an all inclusive detox drink for its highly rich in antioxidants and other than that, is rich in protein and fat hence capable of keeping you full for longer as well as sustaining your energy.

To make some, mix and blend frozen banana chunks with baby spinach, cucumber, frozen blueberries, chia seeds, almond butter and unsweetened almond milk.

5) GREEN DETOX SMOOTHIE:

What makes this smoothie the perfect detoxifying drink is the fact it aids in flushing out toxins as well as fighting free radicals and reducing inflammation.

To make a green detox smoothie, you'll need peeled and diced kiwi fruit, diced apple, lime juice, celery, spinach, honey and ice. When all are ready, put them in a blender and let them puree till completely smooth.

SUMMARY:

These five detox drinks are not only worth trying but also, worth including in your day to day lifestyle. For optimal results, be alternating them.

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Peanut Milk? One of the Many Milk Options

These days food allergies are extremely common and easily accommodated, thanks to the food industries growing list of alternative products. Dairy is a common allergy, and thankfully there is no shortage of solutions for what people will do for milk. Peanut milk is one example of an non-dairy milk that is growing enormously in popularity.

What is It?

As previously stated, peanut milk is a non-dairy beverage that is created using peanuts and water. Similar to other non-dairy “milk” mimic-ing products, there are different options available as far as texture, taste and flavor. Variations of the recipe include salted or non and sweetened or non. The beverage lacks lactose, so is a perfect option for those who are lactose intolerant.

peanut milk

How is it Made?

Peanut milk is made in a similar manner to that of it's market competitors, almond milk, soy milk and rice milk. The peanuts are ground, soaked, heated (essentially roasted) and filtered through an ultra fine filter, resulting in the liquid that makes up the milk. The liquid has a peanut-y flavor and an extremely creamy texture, creating a close comparison for regular milk lovers who just can't have it.

Tasty Ways to Use It

Envision using peanut milk in all the ways you would regular milk: in cereal, with a plate of cookies, in a milk shake or smoothie. The beauty of the peanut milk is that you can be as plentiful with it as you'd like, as there's not nearly as much sugar and there's excess protein, vitamins and minerals for our bodies to consume! Feel free to get creative, as well, with the peanut flavor that you'll notice. Try using the milk alternative in homemade granola bars or oatmeal, in leu of regular milk or a sweeter almond or coconut milk.

Overall, peanut milk is just another tasty dairy alternative to try. The best part, though, is that while the other dairy alternatives tend to be thin and sweet, peanut milk contains a thicker liquid with a hearty flavor and leaves you feeling a little fuller because of the protein. Tasty and good for you? Peanut milk is a win-win!

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9 Secret Frappuccinos You Won’t Find on Any Starbucks Menu

By now, you must have mastered the Starbucks menu and sampled every Frappuccino that they have to offer. But, if you are looking for something fresh and exciting, then, you have to step out of the box and start ordering customizable frappuccinos. To get you started, here are 9 secret frappuccinos you won't find on any Starbucks menu, but are a must try:

9 Secret Frappuccinos You Won't Find on Any Starbucks Menu

1) Peach Cobbler Frappuccino: The peach cobbler frappuccino tastes just as much as your favorite fruit. To order this, ask for a vanilla bean frappuccino and have it added with 1 pump of cinnamon dolce syrup (2 pumps for venti and 1.5 for grande) and 2 pumps of peach syrup (4 pumps for venti and 3 for grande). Remember to ask the barista to blend it with whipped cream and top it with more whipped cream and cinnamon dolce.

2) Bubblegum Frappuccino: This frappuccino is characterized by its having a bubblegum flavor - for the first time, you don't have to worry about swallowing the gum! To make an order, simply ask for a strawberries and crème frappuccino. Then, instead of using the classic syrup, ask that they use the raspberry syrup (3 pumps for venti, 2 for grande and 1 for tall).

3) Lucky Charms Frappuccino: If you love the taste of cereal milk, this frappuccino is the perfect one for you. It all starts with you ordering a crème frappuccino base with marshmallow syrup (2 pumps for venti, 1.5 for grande and 1 for tall) and mocha syrup (2 pumps for venti, 1.5 for grande and 1 for tall). Then, ask that it be whipped with cream on top.

4) Churro Frappuccino: This is basically cinnamon dusted fried dough in form of a frappuccino. When ordering one, ask for a crème frappuccino base with a pump of cinnamon dolce syrup and white mocha. Then, ask that it be topped with caramel ribbon crunch topping, whipped cream, cinnamon dolce sprinkles and caramel drizzle.

5) Cake Butter Frappuccino: This frappuccino will enable you taste different tastes of cake without having to fill-up your mouth with cake. When making an order, ask for a vanilla bean frappuccino with hazelnut syrup (2 pumps for venti, 1.5 for grande and 1 for tall). Then, have a birthday cake pop blended into your frappuccino.

6) Vanilla Bean Frappuccino Affogato: What makes this frappuccino exceptional is that it mimics the taste of vanilla ice cream and espresso. To order one, ask for a grande vanilla bean frappuccino with extra vanilla bean powder scoop, a venti scoop of ice, heavy whipping cream and two shots of espresso on the top.

7) Butterbeer Frappuccino: If you are a fan of Harry Potter, then this is certainly your kind of frappuccino. When ordering one, ask for a grande crème frappuccino base with whole milk. Then, have 3 pumps of caramel syrup and toffee nut syrup added. It should then be topped with caramel drizzle.

8) Thin Mint Frappuccino: To order this, ask for Tazo green tea crème frappuccino with peppermint syrup (2 pumps for venti, 1.5 for grande and 1 for tall), mocha syrup (3 pumps for venti, 2 for grande and 1 for tall) and, java chips.

9) Frosty Frappuccino: This kind of frappuccino will require that you order a grande Vanilla bean frappuccino. Then have 3 pumps of milk chocolate and 2 pumps of white mocha added into it.

 

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