Summer inspires people to get healthy. Just think of all the luscious fruits and mouthwatering veggies bursting with color and flavor! They’re not only tasty. They also cleanse your body. But if you’re looking for something other than your usual summer salad, you can switch things up. Count on these thirst-quenching smoothies that also work as a complete meal, light snack, or summer drink that takes all your worries away.
1. Carrot, Mango, and Herb Smoothie
Sip your way to good health with this carrot, mango, and herb smoothie. Carrots are loaded with beta-carotene and vitamin A, which promote good eye health and slow down the aging of cells. The falcarinol and falcarindiol in carrots also reduce the risk of lung, breast, and colon cancers. Meanwhile, mangoes prevent cancer, lower cholesterol, promote good eyesight and help alkalize the body. The fusion of mint, tarragon, and basil helps with its digestive and anti-oxidant properties.
Enjoy these amazing benefits with the carrot, mango, and herb smoothie by Whole Living. Combine two cups of frozen mango chunks, one cup of freshly squeezed orange juice, one cup of fresh carrot juice, 1/4 cup of fresh herbs, such as mint, tarragon, or basil, and blend until smooth. Super easy!
2. Avocado-Apple Smoothie
Avocados are full of monounsaturated fats that help the body absorb vitamins A and E important for maintaining the smoothness of skin. This fleshy green-skinned fruit can also lower cholesterol, fight eye disease, and prevent oral, breast, and prostate cancers. Anti-oxidant and fiber-enriched apples, meanwhile, fight the effects of aging on the brain, providing protection against Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.
Make the avocado-apple smoothie from Incredible Smoothies by blending together one green apple, 1/2 avocado, one tablespoon of lime juice, and 1/2 to one cup of water. This is one yummy anti-aging recipe that you’ll never get out of your mind!
3. Berry and Beet Detox Smoothie
Enjoy the good taste and health benefits of berries and beets in this smoothie recipe from Sweet C’s Designs. Besides being sources of concentrated flavor, berries are rich in anti-oxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Beets, on the other hand, are high in fiber, vitamin C, folic acid and cancer-fighting anti-oxidants. This low-calorie sweet vegetable also purifies the blood, cleanses the liver, lowers blood pressure, and reverses hypertension.
To make the berry and beet detox smoothie, combine a cup each of strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries, one whole red beet, one banana, a handful of spinach, a handful of ice cubes, a splash of lemon juice and six ounces of cold water.
4. Papaya and Pineapple Smoothie
Got little buggers that are causing you tummy ache? This colon-cleansing smoothie from Well and Awake contains some of the best anti-parasite ingredients. Papaya seeds have natural anti-amoebic properties, while pineapple contains the digestive enzyme bromelain. Medium chain fatty acids (MCFA) found in coconut oil kill parasites. Pumpkin seeds have the amino acid cucurbitin, which eliminates parasites from the digestive tract.
Prepare the papaya and pineapple smoothie by mixing 1/4 organic pineapple, 1/2 organic small papaya with seeds, two tablespoons of organic coconut oil, two tablespoons of organic raw pumpkin seeds and one to two cups of water. Add 1/2 organic mango for the taste and 1/4 teaspoon of ground cloves for extra anti-parasitic power.
5. Banana and Sage Smoothie
Bananas are rich in potassium, which keeps blood pressure under check and promotes bone health. Rich in fiber, bananas also reduce constipation and help ease peptic ulcers. They also contain high amounts of anti-oxidant phenolic compounds, which may reduce the risk of kidney cancer. Sage, meanwhile, is an ingredient widely used in many cultures to combat the signs of aging. This earthy herb is especially helpful for relieving the hot flashes of menopause and for slowing heavy menstrual bleeding.
To make this banana and sage smoothie from Detox Drinks, prepare sage water by brewing three sage leaves for five minutes in one cup of water. Chill the sage water and blend with 1/2 avocado, 1/2 banana, 1/8 teaspoon of stevia and one fresh sage leaf.
6. Ginger and Orange Detox Smoothie
Treat your palate to a refreshing drink that also boosts the immune system! Ginger facilitates the absorption of essential nutrients in the body. Studies also show it helps fight ovarian and bowel cancers. Oranges are rich in vitamin C and beta-carotene. In addition to its anti-oxidant properties, this citrus fruit helps regulate high blood pressure and fight viral infection.
To prepare the ginger and orange detox smoothie by Foodista, combine one banana, 1/4 inch ginger, 1/4 cup of orange juice, 1/2 cup of mango slices, four to five ice cubes and 1/4 cup of water.
7. Cilantro Melon Detox Smoothie
Cilantro is well known for its ability to reduce the presence of toxic metals in the body. This great-tasting herb lowers blood sugar levels and prevents urinary infections. Honeydew melons are a good source of vitamin C and potassium. They are also rich in zeaxanthin, a powerful anti-oxidant that promotes eye health.
To make this cilantro melon detox smoothie from the Lively Kitchen, blend one cup of cubed honeydew melon with 1/2 cup of fresh or frozen pineapple, 1/2 cup of ice cubes and water and about one cup of cilantro.
Good health doesn’t have to leave a bitter taste in your mouth. These smoothies are irresistible as a full meal, quick snack, or refreshing cooler, especially on a hot summer day.