Smooth – Easy Ways to Stay Healthy

Staff Writer

The warm weather is kick-starting cravings for cool beverages and healthy eating. Smoothies are a practical way to get refreshed and healthy. Many smoothie recipes call for milk or yogurt, but non-dairy products can be beneficial to the taste of a smoothie and to one’s health. According to Aglaee Jacob from Demand Media Co., coconut, almond, soy and rice milk each have unique benefits.

Coconut milk adds a creamy texture to smoothies and has a great taste when combined with tropical fruits. However, it contains more calories and fat than regular milk. You can dilute the milk with water to reduce the amount of calories. Almond milk adds a lot of protein to your recipe. Choose an unflavored, unsweetened almond milk for sugar-free smoothies. Soymilk is lactose-free, casein-free and rich in protein. Try unsweetened soymilk if you want to reduce your sugar intake. Although rice milk is low in fat, it has more carbohydrates than coconut milk, almond milk and soymilk.

Ryan Carmody, from, posted a Mango Avocado Green Tea Smoothie recipe. It contains one cup of green tea, one cup of mango chunks, half of a medium avocado, one cup of spinach, half a tablespoon of coconut oil and a dash of sea salt. This smoothie is rich in Vitamin C, Calcium and Iron.

Coconut oil is a potent ingredient in weight loss smoothies because the fats in coconut oil are used as energy and not stored as fat. Cinnamon, popular in banana-based smoothies, helps regulate blood sugar by improving the metabolism of glucose. Other substances such as avocados, chia seeds and cayenne pepper can keep you from feeling hungry before your next meal.

Cayenne pepper is also an anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-allergen. For a delicious smoothie that will promote good health, blend one cup of water, half an avocado or a banana, half a cup of frozen strawberries, one tablespoon of flax seed, ¼ teaspoon of cayenne pepper and one tablespoon of honey. You can always add other fruits, but raspberries and mangos are recommended for this recipe.

Green tea promotes weight loss, protects the body against some cancers, lowers blood pressure, protects the liver, and improves the functions of the cardiovascular system. A green tea smoothie by Carmody contains one cup of cool, brewed green tea, one medium banana, one cup of baby spinach, one teaspoon of coconut oil and one teaspoon of honey.

Jadah and Jen from shared an energy-boosting recipe. Blend two cups of spinach with two cups of unsweetened almond milk and then mix in one large, cored apple, one banana, 1/3 cup of rolled oats, one tablespoon of coconut oil and half a teaspoon of ground cinnamon. This recipe serves two so you can either share it or save some for later.

For a tart, refreshing smoothie containing Vitamin C, blend two cups of spinach with two cups of coconut milk. Add two cups of sliced peaches and one, peeled orange. This recipe also contains two servings.

Smoothies can help you obtain the necessary vitamins which can boost your metabolism, help you lose weight, give you more energy, support your cardiovascular system, fight various diseases and boost your immune system. Smoothies are also convenient, cheap, delicious and healthy on-the-go meals and snacks.


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