Preparing healthy smoothie recipes on a regular basis should not be just a task, or a responsibility. We need to make it a habit, and make it a fun one, too. And we all know how easy fun habits are to develop and keep.
Speaking of health habits, preparing healthy food – including smoothies – is just a piece of the grand puzzle. And the puzzle, it doesn’t come magically, unfortunately. In simple terms, health is a never-ending fight. If it sounds harsh, let’s call it a process. A complex combination of daily activities and thoughts that will eventually lead to a more or less constant, good healthy condition.
Health & Immunity
Building immunity is not an overnight process, and it’s not finite, so to say. As a predetermining factor for our health, it doesn’t react well when neglected. Poor immune system poses a detrimental health threat, that will eventually, ease access for dangerous influences into your body.
So, we come to the big point, and a major mistake many people I’ve seen try and do in their efforts to keep or improve their health. Strong immunity – and a good health condition – is not solely dependent on diet.
Yes, diet is very important building block of our health, and preparing healthy smoothie recipes is among the easiest ways to utilize it. But remember, diet can not withstand, nor resolve all the challenges by itself. It’s not a standalone component. There are two more components that complete the health image.
Physical activity is, the way I see it, the second pillar of health. Diet can only do so much, depending on the second pillar to help the body dissolve it properly, spread it throughout, reach the designated cells and excrete properly at the end. With no (or low) physical activity, certain amount of food may remain improperly processed or piled up, leading to obesity-related problems. Still, even diet and physical activity in many cases will not be enough for a properly established health condition.
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The last, but definitely not least important, is mental activity. More often than not, this very piece of our puzzle can mean the difference between a complete or broken health. Basically, in order for a good mental health to be established, we need happiness and responsibility. And since adults are all experiencing days with almost nothing but responsibility, then it’s obvious where we need to pay some more attention. Happy thoughts, or at least relaxing ones, are not easy to come by, but simply making an effort to organize even the tiniest bits of your daily tasks, one at a day, you are contributing to overall mental relaxation, regain focus and start making path for happiness to start settling.
Complete the circle
Now that we reminded ourselves of the importance of a proper balance between the three pillars of health, or that we need our health to be a complete circle of activities, let’s start with the basic one – food, or as I translate it lately – smoothies.
Today, I’m offering to you three healthy smoothie recipes, that will not just help you improve your diet quality, but hopefully trigger a long-term change for better and healthier lifestyle. Don’t forget about the three pillars of health and pay equal attention to all of them.
Now let’s check out the healthy smoothie recipes
Again, that melancholic time of the year is coming, the season when the leaves change colors, and gray clouds cover the skies. And while for many it’s a time to mourn for the summer that’s going away, for me, as a period is on par with spring, as various of fruits and vegetables simply overflow the markets. That’s why the first of my healthy smoothie recipes is based on pumpkin.
Pumpkins are simply amazing in taste, color and bear loads of health benefits! Rich in fiber, vitamin A. C and B6, iron, phosphorus, etc, they boast tremendous antioxidant environment, promote heart and eye sight health, and even possess some strong anti-cancer properties. Mix the pumpkin nicely with a third of a cup of almond milk until smooth. Almond milk adds a bunch of minerals like magnesium, potassium, iron, and phosphorus into the mix, and some vitamins – C, E, B6, then niacin, folate, riboflavin, etc. It’s a whole chemistry of essential nutrients!
Next, we’ll add half a teaspoon of honey, the best natural sweetener out there, if you ask me. Not just in taste, but the amounts of health it brings within. Energy boost, antioxidant environment, allergy symptoms alleviation and excellent wound-healing properties being just a part of it. Honey will add the necessary sweetness, but also complement the taste of the pumpkin with its specific flavor. Nothing says autumn like a mix of honey and pumpkin!
Then throw in a half of pear for its fiber and vitamin C contents, but also to add up to that nostalgic, fairy-tale like connection between autumn and pears. At this point let’s add the blueberries, as a final punch of health! 🙂 Lastly, we’ll add a teaspoon of cinnamon, finalizing the first of our healthy smoothie recipes with an amazing scent which is at the same time very heart-friendly, among other benefits. Enjoy! 🙂
- 1/2 cup pumpkin (pureed)
- 1/3 cup almond milk
- 1/2 teaspoon honey
- 1 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1/2 pear
- 1/4 cup blueberries
The next recipe in this list is a real health booster. First, we’ll need a half of a cup of almond milk and a handful of – preferably – fresh spinach leaves. Spinach bears many important health benefits for us, especially the colon and for proper brain activity. Its antioxidant potential also deserves an honorable mention.
Now we need to add one banana in the mix, adding some more digestive track-friendly nutrients. Bananas are really doing wonders for my belly, so it’s a common choice of mine on a daily basis. Also, I like bananas because they are rich in heart-and-blood-friendly potassium! And, as the autumn is around the corner, I just had to add a couple of, preferably fresh, plums. Plums, other than being rich in antioxidants and vitamins, bear protective properties for the eye retina.
To finish this recipe, let’s add half a cup of cranberries. Same as most, if not all other berries, they are rich in antioxidants and are fierce promoter of heart health. But other than that, they are also very good for the urinary tract, and of course – extremely delicious! Enjoy! 🙂
- 1/2 almond milk
- 5-6 spinach leaves
- 1/2 banana
- 2 plums, pit removed
- 1/2 cup cranberries
We’ve come to the third – and last – of our healthy smoothie recipes, and it includes an amazing mix of healthy exotic ingredients. We’ll base this recipe on coconut water. Other than the delicious taste and vitamin C contents, coconut water (which is not the same as coconut milk, as many confuse them) may have anti-diabetes properties, and can potentially arrest development of kidney stones. Also, since these are healthy recipes, and being healthy means feeling fresh all the time, coconut water was the best ingredient I could choose as it keeps the hydration and renews the electrolytes.
Chop and peel (or use frozen, but avoid buying those big solid frozen piles. Make sure to buy smaller chunks), a cup of pineapple. It is quite abundant in Vitamin C and A, antioxidants, copper, manganese, potassium and beta-carotenes. This means that pineapple is beneficial for bone strength, promotes healthy tissue in general, and of course helps a lot in absorption of certain toxins from the body.
After all of this is well mushed, proceed by adding a handful of fresh parsley. Parsley will add a nice green shade to the smoothie, giving it a more natural appeal. But, parsley is not a mere decoration in this recipe, but rather an amazingly important ingredient! It bears staggering amounts of vitamin K, which is why it is believed to help prevent Alzheimer’s disease. Parsley is a very efficient blood purifier, emphasizing its powerful anti-cancer properties.
Blend it all nicely and add one chopped and preferably fresh peach. Peaches are rich in vitamins C and A and antioxidants alike, but they do contain decent amounts of vitamins K and E. It’s important to mention that while peaches are delicious and extremely healthy, they also contain fructose which is really not good for us in great amounts. However, one really needs to go over the line with them in order to provoke any adverse sugar effects.
The finishing touch for the last of today’s healthy smoothie recipes is a full teaspoon of grated, fresh ginger. This root has a rich history of various applications, and to me personally it is more of a medicine than food. Its medicinal values are quite broad, but the most emphasized are the ones related to the digestive tract and pain relief. Add the very specific smell and flavor to the description, and becomes clear why I had to finish this extremely healthy compilation with this majestic ingredient.
- 1/2 cup coconut water
- 1 cup fresh or frozen pineapple chunks
- a handful fresh parsley leaves
- 1 fresh peach, pit removed
- 1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
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