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Quick & Easy Healthy Smoothie Ideas

Blueberry SmoothieSmoothies are great as a healthy breakfast, mid-morning or mid-afternoon snack, or a filling lunch on-the-go.

Not only are you nourishing your body with fresh ingredients, you’re fuelling it with essential protein, minerals and vitamins to keep you looking and feeling great.

Many people have the misconception that smoothies are too time-consuming to make, or too many ingredients are needed.

Whilst that may be true for some, there are tons of quick and easy healthy smoothie recipes where only a few ingredients are needed.

So freshen up your breakfasts or snacks with one, or all, of these delicious, nutritious smoothie ideas – your body and tastebuds will thank you for it!

1. Blueberry & Green Tea Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • 2 cups green tea at room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon 100% pure maple syrup or raw honey

Place equal amounts of the frozen blueberries into an ice tray, cover with green tea and freeze.

When you’re ready to drink it, place the green tea and berry mix into a blender, cover with the remaining green tea and throw in the maple syrup, or raw honey, and blend.

Blueberries are packed full of antioxidants and nutrients.

In fact, they are ranked within the top 20 fruit and vegetables in the Aggregate Nutrient Density Index (ANDI) which is an index of  foods based on vitamin and mineral content, phytochemical composition and antioxidant capacity.

Green tea is said to be the healthiest drink … ever.

Known for its powerful antioxidants also, it is said to aid fat loss, improve brain function and reduce cancer.

Mixed together, this simple smoothie seems to have it all.

Serves: 2

Calories: 50 per serving

2. Mixed Berry Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 9oz (or 2 cups) of mixed frozen berries
  • 1 cup of unsweetened pomegranate juice
  • 1 cup of water

Pop these three ingredients in a blender and serve chilled.

Among the berries of choice are – blueberries (of course), strawberries and raspberries.

You already know how good blueberries are for you, but how about the others?

Strawberries – an excellent source of Vitamin C which is known to give your immune system a boost, help prevent cataracts, and improves the production of collagen helping us look younger!

Raspberries – are high in flavonoids – a nutrient group that are most famous for their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory health benefits. They are said to help reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes and obesity.

Serves: 2

Calories: 105 per serving

3. Banana Oats Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1/2 cup of plain yogurt (low fat)
  • 1/2 cup of skimmed milk
  • 1/4 cup of rolled oats
  • 2 teaspoons of flaxseeds (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon of raw honey or 100% pure maple syrup
  • 1 cup of ice

Pop all the ingredients together in a blender and serve.

Okay so this one has a few more ingredients, but they are all easy to find and trust us, this is the perfect breakfast smoothie that’ll set you up for the day.

Bananas are packed full of potassium, a mineral that will help maintain normal blood pressure and heart function, and fibre that will aid digestion. And whilst they do contain sugars, these sugars have a low glycaemic index (GI) value which helps to regulate blood sugar levels giving you plenty of energy for the day ahead.

Oats are also high in fibre content which aids digestion by removing cholesterol and helps reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Put together, these two ingredients will help fight free-radicals that enter your body and keep it functioning efficiently.

Serves: 2

Calories: 212 per serving

So which one will you try first?

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