With warmer weather upon us and summer just around the corner, I have been itching to share a few delicious smoothie recipes with you all.
But these aren't just your typical smoothie recipes. These recipes are belly-fat blasting, antioxidant loaded, WILDLY delicious and super immune boosting!
Did you know you can add your WuLong or SlimTea to recipes for an added boost of antioxidants and health benefits? With its mild flavor, you'll hardly notice it's taste and when paired with other immune boosting, heart-healthy, belly-fat blasting superfoods, it makes for one POWERFUL drink on a warm day!
So without further ado, enjoy these 4 AMAZING Smoothie Recipes...
1. Cherry Belly-Fat Blasting Smoothie
Wonder why this smoothie is so powerful? Cherries are a powerhouse of health benefits and are amazing for so many reasons - read on to find out why you should be drinking this smoothie every week!
Cherries Lower Risk Of Stroke…
At the University of Michigan Health System, researchers discovered that tart cherries have benefits that rival common medications, and can benefit cardiovascular health even when taken in conjunction with prescriptions.
The pigment that gives tart cherries their red color is called anthocyanin.
Anthocyanin may activate something that regulates fat and glucose levels in your body.
This reduces the risk of high cholesterol, blood pressure and diabetes!
Cherries Lower Your Risk Of Getting Gout…
If you or somebody you love has dealt with gout, you understand that it’s incredibly painful.
According to a 2012 study in Arthritis & Rheumatism, tart cherries may actually lower your risk of gout attack by 35% in just TWO DAYS.
What’s more, participants achieved such results with a mere 10-12 cherries per day.
Cherries Relieve Osteoarthritis…
Trouble with osteoarthritis or sore joints caused by inflammation?
If so, tart cherries may be the key to your relief.
Cherry juice is shown to relieve symptoms of inflammatory osteoarthritis in just three weeks.
Cherries Soothe Soreness…
Do you ever get sore in the muscles or joints, but ice-packs and epsom salt baths just aren’t doing the trick?
A cup and a half of tart cherries may reduce muscle inflammation and soreness.
Don’t shy away from pumping iron, but know how to recover naturally!
Cherries Fight Belly Fat…
Scientists have found that tart cherries are beneficial in reducing belly fat.
In fact, studies show that rats who had tart cherry powder mixed in with a high fat diet avoided body fat buildup more than those who didn’t receive the cherry powder.
What’s more, cherries are loaded with antioxidants and have a low glycemic index compared with other fruits!
Try adding 10-12 cherries to your diet for all these amazing benefits.
Cherry Belly-Fat Blasting Smoothie
2 Tablespoon Chia Seeds
1 Cup Ice
2 Cups Cherries (pitted)
1 Tablespoon Walnuts (optional for a nuttier flavor)
1 Tablespoon Almond Butter
Soak Chia Seeds for 15 minutes in water. Add remaining ingredients to blender and blend until desired texture.
2. Strawberry-Banana Protein Smoothie
The heart-shaped silhouette of the strawberry is the first clue that this fruit is good for you. These potent little packages protect your heart, increase HDL (good) cholesterol, lower your blood pressure and guard against cancer.
Packed with vitamins, fiber and particularly high levels of antioxidants known as polyphenols, strawberries are a sodium-free, fat-free, cholesterol-free, low-calorie food. They are among the top 20 fruits in antioxidant capacity and are a good source of manganese and potassium. Just one serving -- about eight strawberries -- provides MORE vitamin C than an orange.
The mangoes in this recipe are also super beneficial. One cup of mangoes provides 100% of your daily vitamin C recommendation for promoting healthy immune function and collagen formation and 35% of your vitamin A, important for vision, bone growth and maintaining healthy mucous membranes and skin – plus, it’s shown by clinical studies to help protect your body from lung and mouth cancers.
Another POWERHOUSE smoothie you should be drinking each week.
Strawberry-Banana Protein Smoothie
1 cup hulled strawberries, fresh or frozen
1/2 medium banana
1/2 cup diced mango, fresh or frozen
1/2 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
1 Tablespoon natural nut butter, such as cashew or almond
1 Tablespoon ground flaxseed (flaxmeal)
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
Combine strawberries, banana, mango, yogurt, nut butter, flaxmeal, vanilla and tea in a blender. Puree until smooth.
3. Pineapple Green Smoothie
Pineapples come with folates, thiamin, biotin, pyridoxine, riboflavin and minerals like copper and potassium, the latter of which offers what's needed for healthy cell and body fluid maintenance, heart rate regulation, and blood pressure. Vitamin A and beta-carotenes provide additional antioxidants for immune system support and eyesight protection.
An enzyme called bromelain is able to break protein down into simpler substances to provide phytonutrients such as amino acids and peptides needed for digestion. Research indicates that when eating pineapples, the bromelain discourages arthritis inflammation, indigestion, clotting, bruising and harmful bacteria - even cancer and parasites.
Pineapple isn't the only 'superfood' in this recipe. Low in fat and even lower in cholesterol, spinach is high in niacin and zinc, as well as protein, fiber, vitamins A, C, E and K, thiamin, vitamin B6, folate, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper and manganese. In other words, it’s LOADED with good things for every part of your body!
Abundant flavonoids in spinach act as antioxidants to keep cholesterol from oxidizing and protect your body from free radicals, particularly in the colon. The folate in spinach is good for your healthy cardiovascular system and magnesium helps lower high blood pressure. Studies also have shown that spinach helps maintain your vigorous brain function, memory and mental clarity.
Pineapple Green Smoothie
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/3 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
1 cup baby spinach
1 cup frozen banana slices (about 1 medium banana)
1/2 cup frozen pineapple chunks
1 Tablespoon chia seeds
1-2 teaspoons pure maple syrup or honey (optional)
Add almond milk, tea and yogurt to a blender, then add spinach, banana, pineapple, chia and sweetener (if using); blend until smooth.
4. Berry Sunrise
Red Raspberries contain strong antioxidants such as Vitamin C, quercetin and gallic acid that fight against cancer, heart and circulatory disease and age-related decline. They are high in ellagic acid, a known chemopreventative and have been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties. Many studies have suggested that increasing consumption of plant foods like raspberries decreases the risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and overall mortality while promoting a healthy complexion, increased energy and overall lower weight.
You've already learned what great benefits pineapples, strawberries and mangoes boast - mix all of those amazing superfoods with our antioxidant-rich, metabolism and immune boosting tea and you come out with a super nutritious, easy and delicious drink for breakfast or your afternoon snack!
Another FANTASTIC smoothie to add to the list!
1 cup Pineapple, frozen
3/4 cup Fresh Raspberries
1 cup Strawberries, fresh or frozen
1 cup Mango, frozen
8 oz. WuLong or SlimTea
1 Tablespoon Chia Seeds
Directions: Combine pineapple, raspberries, strawberries, mango, tea and chia seeds in a blender. Puree until smooth.
These AMAZING, WILDLY DELICIOUS and SUPER NUTRITIOUS smoothies are sure to leave you feeling refreshed and ready to tackle anything!
Drinking a smoothie is a great way to get your daily dose of vitamins and minerals while also scoring some, if not all, of your daily servings of fruits and veggies.
Make them ahead and take them with you for a nutritious breakfast on-the-go or for the perfect afternoon snack! You can't go wrong with adding one of these to your diet today!
Join over 700,000 people all over the world who use WuLong & SlimTea to TORCH stubborn fat and boost energy naturally, every day. Enjoy it hot, cold, in a smoothie, in your soups or casseroles, etc - the possibilities are endless!
Give these smoothies a try and let me know what you think! Cheers to you!
Yours in Health & Happiness,
P.S. To make all 4 recipes at home, print out this handy grocery store shopping list to ensure you don't forget anything! 🙂
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