Oh the smoothie! How we love them in the summer. So packed with health that you can practically feel the energy returning to your body as you pour it down your throat after an intense workout.! And, they actually taste and look good too. In fact, smoothies may have become the new fashion accessory. People actually look healthier and more hip just holding them in their hands!
Somewhere between a milkshake and a juice cocktail, smoothies got their name from an adolescent named Steven Kuhau, Steven had grown tired of seeing all his friends drink the wonderful concoction called the milkshake, You see, Steven was lactose intolerant and he was unable to drink milk products like all the other boys and girls; so he decided to create his own version made with fresh fruit, ice and juice and he called it a smoothie. Steven found out that not only was his smoothie delicious, but it also helped control his allergies and blood sugar levels. Steven opened a health food store called, “Smoothie King” and now he is super rich!
Smoothies have come a really long way from the “Smoothie King” days. Nowadays we incorporate everything from veggies to nuts into our smoothies as we become more aware of how important it is to get adequate amounts of vitamins each day. Here are some more out of the box ingredients that you may want to try in your next recipe.
We have all seen the cartoon Popeye and have observed the sailor’s muscles bulge as the spinach travels through his body. Well, this image may be closer to reality than you think! Spinach contains iron and zinc and has a real impact on athletic performance. It helps to ease muscle fatigue and contains folate which produces new RNA and DNA cells. Especially good for the pregnant ladies!
Tart Cherry Juice
Did you know that in a test, athletes who drank 12 oz. of tart cherry juice two times a day actually reported lesser aches and pains than those who were given a placebo? Sold me! It also prevents cancer and oxidative damage and serves as an anti-inflammatory.
Is there anything that doesn’t mix with Greek Yogurt? This is the thicker version of it’s not so Greek cousin has 3X the amount of calcium and 2X as much protein and is also great for GI and immune health.
We have been putting them in smoothies ever since Orange Julius, but there is a reason for that. Filled with Vitamin C, citrus fruits are some of our bodies best friends. They contain folate which produces body cells, are rich in fiber and great got our GI system and muscles repair. Lemons, grapefruit, and orange are all stellar examples.
Tea, especially the green kind, is full of antioxidant and flavonoids to fight oxidative damage. Also reduces the risk of heart disease.
Some other things you may want to think about: Brussels sprouts, tomatoes, protein powder and kale, blueberries and apricots. Oh, and experts say only mix green veggies with green and yellow fruits and veggies and red veggies with red and yellow fruits and veggies unless you don’t mind your smoothies brown.