Refreshing Chia Seed, Spinach and Acai Green Smoothie

This recipe features acai berry powder which is known for its high sources of antioxidants and artery-protective flavanoids. While whole acai berries are be preferred for maximum benefit, it can be quite expensive – especially if you are wanting to use all organic ingredients (which I strongly suggest).

You should always include at least one berry in your standard and simple green smoothie recipe (blueberry, raspberry etc). Also add in one or two greens in your smoothie. You should alternate ingredients as frequently as possible to improve nutrient absorption.

You may want to substitute water for almond milk or oat milk for added taste and additional vitamins and minerals.

Key Health Benefits

  • Spinach is an excellent source of iron and other nutrients.
  • Cucumbers are 95 percent water, keeping the body hydrated while helping the body eliminate toxins.
  • Chia seeds help clean your colon with insoluble and soluble fiber while giving you a daily value of omega 3.
  • Acai powder from berries is loaded with antioxidants to protect cell health.
  • Agave is a very safe natural sweetener. You should only add it though for taste.

INGREDIENTS

  • Handful of spinach
  • 1/2 cup of water (almond milk or oat milk works too)
  • 2 blocks of ice (Or extra frozen fruit.)
  • 1/2 banana
  • two pieces of cucumber
  • 1/2 apple or pair
  • 2 tablespoons of chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon of acai powder
  • A sqeeze of agave if you need your smoothie sweet

Optional: You can add black berries, blue berries or strawberries for the extra antioxidants and taste if you wish.

DIRECTIONS

  1. Soak your chia seeds in water before adding to smoothie. The seeds will activate and become a gel.
  2. Depending on what blender you have, you may want to blend up the greens with the chia first before adding fruit.
  3. Combine rest of ingredients, blend on high for 30-45 seconds in your blender of choice.
  4. You should add the acai powder and agave towards then end of your blend rotation.

Sip and enjoy!

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Kiwi Coconut Hydration Booster

It’s full of electrolytes from coconut water with a delicious taste of kiwi.

This hydrating recipe from Hallie at dailybitesblog features fresh ginger root, kiwi, cucumber, spinach and coconut water.

Coconut water is known for its hydration and electrolytes while kiwi gives you added fiber, antioxidants and a delicious sweet taste.

Cucumber is also 95% water making this a super hydrating smoothie! This is the perfect recipe after a long workout at the gym and ideal for any athlete. But anyone can benefit from it!

Key Health Benefits

Coconut water has more potassium than four bananas combined! It’s low in calories and cholesterol free. It’s an athlete’s best friend.

Kiwi has more vitamin C than your average orange. And science shows kiwi helps to protect your DNA from oxygen related damage in your cells. Some studies suggest that flavonoids and carotenoids may be responsible for kiwi’s amazing antioxidant properties.

Cucumbers re-hydrate your body by containing over 95% water which helps to eliminate toxins and re-energize you for the day. Cucumbers are also highly anti inflammatory.

Ginger aids in digestion alleviating indigestion and problems with flatulence. Ginger is also very anti-inflammatory and is used often to ease soar throats and assist you during a cold or flu. But its many healing uses make this a delicious ingredient to add to any smoothie.

Ingredients

1/2 medium frozen banana
1 medium frozen kiwi (peel and chop it before you freeze it)
1/2 cup coconut water
1 cup spinach
1 (3-inch) chunk of cucumber, peeled or unpeeled
1 (1-inch) chunk of fresh ginger root, peeled

Optional: For added energy, add 2 tbs of organic chia seeds to sustain the hydration.

Directions

Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Sip and enjoy immediate hydration!

Sources

http://www.dailybitesblog.com/2013/02/26/kiwi-crush-smoothie/
http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/features/truth-about-coconut-water
http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=41#healthbenefits
http://www.bodyandsoul.com.au/nutrition/nutrition+tips/the+many+benefits+of+ginger,7571

Kale, Lemon and Mint Detox Smoothie

After a long night out or a week of bad eating, detox your body with this delicious green smoothie.

This recipe uses kale, spinach, lemon, cucumber and chia seeds.

With the added vitamin C from the lemon and oranges, this recipe will boost your immune system and help you recover from a late night out or poor food choices.

For added hydration, use coconut water in place of the purified water. It’s full of electrolytes and has more potassium than bananas!

Key Health Benefits

  • Kale is a good source of antioxidants and phytonutrients.
  • Lemon gives your immune system a boost.
  • Mint helps with your digestion and is anti-inflammatory.
  • Cucumbers are 95 percent water, keeping the body hydrated while helping the body eliminate toxins.

Add the superfood chia seeds to help clean your colon with insoluble and soluble fiber while giving you a daily value of omega 3.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup of kale
  • 1/2 spinach
  • 1/2 of lemon
  • 1 apple
  • 1/2 of cucumber
  • 1/2 orange
  • 2 bananas
  • 2 tbs chia seeds
  • 2 mint leafs
  • 2 cups purified water

Directions

  1. Soak your chia seeds in water before adding to smoothie. The seeds will activate and become a gel.
  2. Combine ingredients, blend on high for 30-45 seconds in your blender of choice.
  3. Detox and enjoy!

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Pumpkin Spice Protein Green Smoothie

This is the perfect green smoothie for Fall! It combines frozen pumpkin puree with sunbutter, spinach, cinnamon and unsweetened almond milk.

To make a thick creamy smoothie like this, you usually need to add a lot of frozen fruit or chia seeds. But Kelli at hungryhobby was able to create this delicious creamy texture using pumpkin puree!

The pumpkin gives added health benefits including cancer prevention, digestive health and a boost to your immune system. One cup of pumpkin puree provides you with 7.1 grams of dietary fiber and is an excellent source of iron!

For the full recipe please visit Kelli at HungryHobby

Ingredients:

  • 4 frozen pumpkin ice cubes (freeze pumpkin puree in regular ice cube trays)
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1 spoonful sunbutter
  • big handful of spinach
  • a bunch of shakes of cinnamon
  • a tiny shake of pumpkin pie spice (probably about 1/8 tsp)
  • 5-6 ice cubes

 For additional benefits, you might consider adding these superfoods:

  • Organic Chia Seeds
  • Hemp Seed Powder

Kiwi, Spinach and Chia Seed Smoothie

This is a delicious green smoothie recipe that uses kiwi and chia seeds for fiber, antioxidants and omega 3’s. Talk about nutritious!

Benefits of Kiwi and Chia

Kiwi is an amazing fruit. A kiwi can help with digestion, boost your immune system, and help prevent blood from clotting.

Chia seeds are high in soluble and insoluble fiber, omega 3 and protein. The added wheat grass powder is very high in chlorophyll and spinach gives you a nice boost of essential vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients.

Top that all off with some delicious almond milk and bananas for a touch of sweetness and you’ve got a delicious superfood packed smoothie for breakfast or lunch!

For this recipe, maca powder is optional. It’s a very strong root that can have a positive impact on mood, energy and overall well being. It is a delicious and healthy alternative to caffeine. Keep in mind, you shouldn’t use more than 1 teaspoon of maca powder.

Ingredients for Green Smoothie Recipe

  • 1 1/2 cups almond milk, cold
  • 1 1/2 cups packed baby spinach leaves
  • 1 banana, cut into chunks and frozen
  • 1 ripe kiwi, peeled, cut into chunks
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 2 tablespoons wheat grass powder
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon maca powder

Directions:

  1. Prepare all ingredients above.
  2. Soak your chia seeds in almond milk before adding anything else. This activates the enzymes in the chia and makes them more bio available to your body.
  3. Combine all ingredients in a high speed blender and blend for 30-45 seconds depending on what blender you have.
  4. Pour, serve and ENJOY!

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