There is no easier way than a mug of smoothies to help you get your five a day without feeling like it is a chore. Loaded with nutrients, essential vitamins and wholesome flavours, smoothies may just be the thing for individuals who seek a quick fix for getting their daily nutrients while keeping their figure trim and slim. On top of that, one can also enjoy the advantage of forestalling the signs of ageing like wrinkles and keeping speckles of dark spots at bay, while attaining flawless, porcelain-like skin.
Building on the previous set of delightful and easy smoothie recipes, we have got more amazing ones ahead. So read on and give them all a go this week!
Flaxseed, Pineapples & Avocado
First up on the list is this recipe that packs a good amount of antioxidants, vitamin C and E which can help in preventing blemishes. So if you seek radiant and clear skin, give this supercharged smoothie a go! The zinc in the smoothie can help relieve skin irritation and inflammation. All you will need is:
- ½ ripe avocado, pitted and peeled
- ½ organic banana with peel, chopped and frozen before use
- 1/2 cup of frozen papaya chunks
- 1/2 cup of frozen pineapples chunks
- 1 tablespoon of grounded flaxseed
- 2 heaping tablespoons of hemp powder
- 1 cup of almond milk or milk of your choice
In a blender, place ½ a cup of milk, frozen banana chunks with peels intact and hit the start button. Blend till smooth and pour in the rest of the ingredients and blitz till well-combined.
Chocolate & Cherries
Here is one for the chocolate lovers! A deliciously sweet and full-bodied treat that you simply can’t say no to. A classic combination of chocolate and cherries, this smoothie aims to fight fine lines and boost your skin’s radiance, apart from injecting feel-good hormones, endorphins, into your brain. Best of all, the flavonoids in the cocoa powder can protect your skin against sunburn and ultraviolet rays damage. They are also great for reducing pesky bumps that cluster the skin of your nose. So more reasons to enjoy this chocolate delight! Here’s what you will need:
- ½ a cup of plain Greek yoghurt
- 1 heaping tablespoon of cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup of cherries, pitted and frozen
- 1/2 medium ripe banana, frozen
- 1/2 cup of fresh baby spinach leaves
- 1/4 cup of milk or any milk alternative that you have at hand
Whizz the spinach and milk in your blender till smooth. Then pop in the rest of the ingredients and hit the blitz button till everything is well blended. Pour into your serving cup and slurp right up. This drink is great for concealing the taste of vegetables, so try sneaking in some kale and mesclun leaves if you plan on skipping your salad!
Mango, Pineapple & Carrot
Get your tropical getaway in a cup with this refreshing smoothie recipe. Featuring vitamin C hosts like pineapple and mango alongside beta-carotene loaded carrot chunks, your skin and body are in for a treat that will leave you beaming brightly like the glorious sun! Here’s the list of items that you will need to make it all happen:
- 1/2 cup of frozen, diced mango
- 1/2 cup of frozen, diced pineapple
- 1/2 medium, ripe banana
- 1/4 cup packed shredded carrot
- ½ cup of plain Greek yoghurt
- 1/4 cup of coconut water
You should know the drill by now. So blitz away! Alternatively, turn this into a delish smoothie bowl with toasted coconut shavings, aloe vera cubes, chia seeds, blueberries, toasted rolled oats, almond silver and pomegranate seeds. Oh wow. And we thought it could not get any better at the amazing smoothie…
Matcha, Apple & Walnuts
How can we be biased and feature an option of chocolate and none of the wonderful matcha? Containing one of the most potent antioxidants, epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), this smoothie is perfect for replacing your cuppa as the perk-me-up as it can give you a much-needed boost of energy without the jitters.
To make things even better, walnuts can help you maintain supple and youthful looking skin with the healthy fat, protein and vitamin E that it carries. So if you had a fun day in the sun, this smoothie can be just what you need to reset your skin with the quercetin in it. Get going with:
- ¼ cup of collard greens, chopped
- 2 red apples, chopped
- 3 tablespoons of walnuts
- 1 teaspoon of matcha tea powder
- 1 teaspoon of apple pie spice or cinnamon powder
- 1 cup of rice milk
First, blend the collard green with the rice milk till smooth. Then add the rest of the ingredients and whizz away!
To up this delish concoction, swap the rice milk to plain Greek yoghurt and double the quantity of the yoghurt and matcha powder. Blitz it all up, pour it into a container and pop it into the freezer to ice up for an amazing after meal treat! If you are up for it, chocolate sauce over a scoop of this is going to blow your mind. Enjoy!